Definitions for scissorsˈsɪz ərz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

scis•sorsˈsɪz ərz(n.)

  1. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) a cutting instrument for paper, cloth, etc., consisting of two blades, each having a ring-shaped handle, that are so pivoted together that their sharp edges work one against the other (often used with pair of).

  2. (used with a sing. v.) any of several gymnastic feats in which the legs execute a scissorlike motion. a wrestling hold secured by clasping the legs around the body or head of the opponent.

    Category: Sport

Origin of scissors:

1350–1400; ME cisoures, sisoures < MF cisoires < VL *cīsōria, pl. of LL cīsōrium cutting tool (see chisel )


Princeton's WordNet

  1. scissors, pair of scissors(noun)

    an edge tool having two crossed pivoting blades

  2. scissors, scissors hold, scissor hold, scissor grip, scissors grip(noun)

    a wrestling hold in which you wrap your legs around the opponents body or head and put your feet together and squeeze

  3. scissors(noun)

    a gymnastic exercise performed on the pommel horse when the gymnast moves his legs as the blades of scissors move

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. scissors(noun)ˈsɪz ərz

    a tool for cutting

    a pair of scissors


  1. scissors(Noun)

    A tool used for cutting thin material, consisting of two crossing blades attached at a pivot point in such a way that the blades slide across each other when the handles are closed.

  2. scissors(Noun)

    An attacking move conducted by two players; the player without the ball runs from one side of the ball carrier, behind the ball carrier, and receives a pass from the ball carrier on the other side.

    They executed a perfect scissors.

  3. scissors(Noun)

    A method of skating with one foot significantly in front of the other.

  4. scissors(Noun)

    A scissors hold.

  5. Origin: From sisoures (attested since 1350–1400), from cisoires, from *cīsōria, plural of cīsōrium (compare chisel); from word root -cīsus (compare excise) or cæsus, past participle of cædere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scissors

    a cutting instrument resembling shears, but smaller, consisting of two cutting blades with handles, movable on a pin in the center, by which they are held together. Often called a pair of scissors


  1. Scissors

    Scissors are hand-operated cutting instruments. They consist of a pair of metal blades pivoted so that the sharpened edges slide against each other when the handles opposite to the pivot are closed. Scissors are used for cutting various thin materials, such as paper, cardboard, metal foil, thin plastic, cloth, rope, and wire. Scissors can also be used to cut hair and food. Scissors and shears are functionally equivalent, but larger implements tend to be called shears. A large variety of scissors and shears exist for different specialized purposes. Scissors are now normally designed ergonomically with composite thermoplastic and rubber handles which enable to user to exert either a power grip or a precision grip.

Translations for scissors

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

scissors(noun plural)

a type of cutting instrument with two blades

a pair of scissors.

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