Origin of scissor; from scissors
transitive verbscis·sored, scis·sor·ing, scis·sors
- scissors (used with a sing. or pl. verb) A cutting implement consisting of two blades joined by a swivel pin that allows the cutting edges to be opened and closed.
- scissors (used with a sing. verb) Sports a. Any of various gymnastic exercises or jumps in which the movement of the legs suggests the opening and closing of scissors.b. A scissors hold.
Origin of scissorFrom 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; see ka&schwa;-id- in Indo-European roots.
- (rare) One blade on a pair of scissors.
- (noun adjunct) Used in certain noun phrases to denote a thing resembling the action of scissors, as scissor kick, scissor hold (wrestling), scissor jack.
(third-person singular simple present scissors, present participle scissoring, simple past and past participle scissored)
- To cut using, or as if using scissors.
- To excise or expunge something from a text.
- The erroneous testimony was scissored from the record.
- To move something like a pair of scissors, especially the legs.
- The runner scissored over the hurdles.
- To engage in scissoring (tribadism), a sexual act in which two women intertwine their legs and rub their vulvas against each other.
- (skating) To skate with one foot significantly in front of the other.
Altered from scissors; ultimately from Latin caedere (“to cut"); current spelling influenced by Latin scindere (“to split").