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

  • transitive v. To cut or clip with scissors or shears.
  • n. A cutting implement consisting of two blades joined by a swivel pin that allows the cutting edges to be opened and closed.
  • n. Sports Any of various gymnastic exercises or jumps in which the movement of the legs suggests the opening and closing of scissors.
  • n. Sports A scissors hold.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One blade on a pair of scissors.
  • n. Used in certain noun phrases to denote a thing resembling the action of scissors, as scissor kick, scissor hold (wrestling), scissor jack.
  • v. To cut using, or as if using scissors.
  • v. To excise or expunge something from a text.
  • v. To move something like a pair of scissors, especially the legs.
  • v. To engage in scissoring (tribadism), a sexual act in which two women intertwine their legs and rub their vulvas against each other.
  • v. To skate with one foot significantly in front of the other.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To cut with scissors or shears; to prepare with the aid of scissors.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The singular of scissors.
  • To cut with scissors; prepare with the help of scissors.

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

  • v. cut with or as if with scissors


From alteration (influenced by Latin scissor, cutter) of Middle English sisours, scissors, from Old French cisoires, from Vulgar Latin *cīsōria, from Late Latin, pl. of cīsōrium, cutting instrument, from Latin caesus, -cīsus, past participle of caedere, to cut.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Altered from scissors; ultimately from Latin caedere ("to cut"); current spelling influenced by scindere ("to split"). (Wiktionary)



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  • (n): half a pair of scissors; KNIFE

    October 20, 2007