A pair of scissors.
Sewing shears are an example of scissors.
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
- 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
- (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").