What does scissors mean?

Definitions for scissorsˈsɪz ərz

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word scissors.

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


  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

  2. Origin: [OE. sisoures, OF. cisoires (cf. F. ciseaux), probably fr. LL. cisorium a cutting instrument, fr. L. caedere to cut. Cf. Chisel, Concise. The modern spelling is due to a mistaken derivation from L. scissor one who cleaves or divides, fr. scindere, scissum, to cut, split.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scissors

    siz′orz, n.pl. a cutting instrument consisting of two blades fastened at the middle: shears.—v.i. Scise, sīz (obs.), to cut: to penetrate.—adjs. Sciss′ible, Sciss′ile, capable of being cut.—ns. Scis′sion, the act of cutting: division: splitting; Scissipar′ity, reproduction by fission.—v.t. Sciss′or, to cut with scissors.—ns. Sciss′or-bill, a skimmer; Sciss′or-tail, an American bird, the scissor-tailed fly-catcher; Sciss′or-tooth, the sectorial tooth of a carnivore which cuts against its fellow; Scissū′ra (anat.), a fissure, a cleft; Scis′sure, a cleft: a fissure: a rupture: a division; Scissurel′la, a genus of gasteropods with a shell deeply cut. [Formerly written cisors—O. Fr. cisoires, conn. with Fr. ciseaux, scissors, from Late L. cisorium, a cutting instrument—L. cædĕre, cæsum, to cut.]

Editors Contribution

  1. scissors

    A type of tool and product created and designed in various blade, colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    Scissors are created for different uses and made from different types of materials.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scissors in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scissors in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Tom:

    I have some scissors . . . Lets Run

  2. Truman Capote:

    I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.

  3. Connie Toscano:

    She writes beautifully, draws beautifully, and can cut [with scissors]. She seems to forge ahead of everything.

  4. Liubov Mikhalchik:

    I realized straightaway that it was a serious injury. you could see the scissors vibrating to the beating of his heart.

  5. Hakim Jami:

    If the scissors are not used daily on the beard, it will not be long before the beard is, by its luxuriant growth, pretending to be the head.

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