(used with a singular or plural verb) a cutting instrument for paper, cloth, etc., consisting of two blades, each having a ring-shaped handle, that are so pivoted together that their sharp edges work one against the other (often used with pair of ).
(used with a singular verb) Gymnastics. any of several feats in which the legs execute a scissorlike motion.
(used with a singular verb) Wrestling. a hold secured by clasping the legs around the body or head of the opponent.

1350–1400; Middle English cisoures, sisoures < Middle French cisoires < Medieval Latin *cīsōria, plural of Late Latin cīsōrium cutting tool (see chisel); current spelling by association with Latin scindere to cut (past participle scīssus), Medieval Latin scīssor tailor Unabridged


verb (used with object)
to cut or clip out with scissors.
to eliminate or eradicate from a text; expunge: testimony scissored from the record.
verb (used without object)
to move one's body or legs like the blades of scissors: a gymnast scissoring over the bar.

1605–15; v. use of singular of scissors

unscissored, adjective Unabridged
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scissor (ˈsɪzə)
1.  (modifier) of or relating to scissors: a scissor blade
2.  to cut (an object) with scissors

scissors (ˈsɪzəz)
pl n
1.  Also called: pair of scissors a cutting instrument used for cloth, hair, etc, having two crossed pivoted blades that cut by a shearing action, with ring-shaped handles at one end
2.  a wrestling hold in which a wrestler wraps his legs round his opponent's body or head, locks his feet together, and squeezes
3.  any gymnastic or athletic feat in which the legs cross and uncross in a scissor-like movement
4.  athletics a technique in high-jumping, now little used, in which the legs perform a scissor-like movement in clearing the bar
[C14 sisoures, from Old French cisoires, from Vulgar Latin cīsōria (unattested), ultimately from Latin caedere to cut; see chisel]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., sisoures, from O.Fr. cisoires (pl.) "shears," from V.L. *cisoria (pl.) "cutting instrument," from *cisus (in compounds such as L. excisus, pp. of excidere "to cut out"), ult. from L. cædere "to cut." Spelling with sc- is 16c., from influence of M.L. scissor "tailor," from L. "carver,
cutter," from pp. stem of scindere "to split." Usually with pair of (attested from c.1400) when indication of just one is required, but a sing. form without the -s was occasionally used (mid-15c., cysowre). In Scotland, shears answers for all sizes; but in England generally that word is used only for those too large to be worked by one hand. Sense in wrestling is from 1904. The verb scissor "to cut with scissors" is recorded from 1610s; in the wrestling sense it is attested from 1968. Oh scissors! was a 19c. exclamation of impatience or disgust.
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Example sentences
Cutting everything with scissors would have made it much less fun, and might
  keep kids from trying it on their own.
She has the unenviable task of taking a pair of scissors and cutting into a
  priceless masterpiece.
Hair flew and scissors gleamed on the west side last night.
Hunt for scissors with which to cut out some of the more useful articles.
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