noun plural but singular or plural in construction Etymology: Middle English cisours, sisoures, from Middle French cisoires, from Vulgar Latin *caesorium (singular) cutting instrument, from Latin caedere to cut Date: 14th century 1. a cutting instrument having two blades whose cutting edges slide past each other 2. a. a gymnastic feat in which the leg movements suggest the opening and closing of scissors b. scissors hold

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  • scissors — /siz euhrz/, n. 1. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) 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… …   Universalium

  • scissors — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ blunt, sharp ▪ kitchen ▪ nail ▪ small … OF SCISSORS ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

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