Origin: < scissors
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transitive verb scis·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: 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; see kaə-id- in Indo-European roots.
top: embroidery scissors
bottom: all-purpose scissors