from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A method of skating with one foot significantly in front of the other.
  • n. A scissors hold.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of scissor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pair of shears of medium or small size. See shears.
  • n. Candle-snuffers.

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

  • n. a gymnastic exercise performed on the pommel horse when the gymnast moves his legs as the blades of scissors move
  • n. a wrestling hold in which you wrap your legs around the opponents body or head and put your feet together and squeeze
  • n. an edge tool having two crossed pivoting blades


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English sisoures (attested since 1350–1400), from Old French cisoires, from Vulgar Latin *cīsōria, plural of Late Latin cīsōrium ("cutting tool") (compare chisel); from Latin word root -cīsus (compare excise) or cæsus, past participle of cædere ("to cut").



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