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scis·sor (szr) KEY
scis·sored, scis·sor·ing, scis·sors
- To cut or clip with scissors or shears.
- 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
- Any of various gymnastic exercises or jumps in which the movement of the legs suggests the opening and closing of scissors.
- A scissors hold.
From alteration (influenced by Latin scissor, cutter), of Middle English sisours, scissors from Old French cisoires, from Vulgar Latin *csria, from Late Latin, pl. of csrium, cutting instrument, from Latin caesus, -csus, past participle of caedere, to cut; see ka-id- in Indo-European roots