from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of cutting or severing; division or fission.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the act of division, separation, cutting or severing
  • n. cleavage

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of dividing with an instrument having a sharp edge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of cutting or dividing, as with an edged instrument; the state of being cut; hence, division; fission; cleavage; splitting.
  • n. Schism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of dividing by cutting or splitting


Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin scissiō, scissiōn-, from Latin scissus, past participle of scindere, to cut, split; see skei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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