- Scissors are cutting tools with two sharp blades connected in the middle.
Sewing shears are an example of scissors.
A pair of scissors.
- a cutting instrument, usually smaller than shears, with two opposing blades, each having a looped handle, which are pivoted together in the middle so that they work against each other as the instrument is closed on the paper, cloth, etc. to be cut
- a gymnastic feat or exercise in which the legs are moved in a way suggestive of the opening and closing of scissor blades
- scissors hold
Origin of scissorsMiddle English sisoures ; from Old French cisoires ; from Late Latin cisoria, plural of cisorium, cutting tool ; from Classical Latin caedere, to cut: eastern; English spelling, spelled altered by associated, association with Classical Latin scissor, one who cuts ; from scissus, past participle of scindere, to cut
- (countable, plural in form, usually with a plural verb) 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.
- Those scissors are sharp. (indicating singular or plural scissors)
- That scissors is sharp. (less commonly to indicate singular scissors)
- Scissors are used to cut the flowers.
- Use a scissors to cut them if you don't have proper shears.
- (countable, rugby) 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.
- They executed a perfect scissors.
- (countable, skating) A method of skating with one foot significantly in front of the other.
- (countable, gymnastics) An exercise in which the legs are switched back and forth, suggesting the motion of scissors.
- (countable, wrestling) A scissors hold.
- "A pair of scissors" is preferred to "a scissors" by about a four-to-one margin in the US (COCA).
- "The scissors" is preferred to "the scissor" by about a thirty-to-one margin in the US (COCA).
- third-person singular simple present indicative form of scissor
From Middle English sisoures (attested since 1350-1400), from Old French cisoires, from Vulgar Latin *cÄ«sÅria, plural of Late Latin cÄ«sÅrium (“cutting tool") (compare chisel); from Latin word root -cÄ«sus (compare excise) or cÃ¦sus, past participle of cÃ¦dere (“to cut").
- The current spelling, from the 16th century, is due to association with Medieval Latin scissor (“tailor"), from Latin carrying the meaning “carver, cutter", from scindere (“to split").