One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An instrument used for cutting cloth, paper, and other material, consisting of two blades laid one on top of the other and fastened in the middle so as to allow them to be opened and closed by a thumb and finger inserted through rings on the end of their handles.
- ‘I looked in the mirror and took to my hair with the kitchen scissors.’
- ‘Using tiny scissors, the trimmers carefully shape the buds.’
- ‘This is celebrated by a playful ritual in which the baby is given a number of gifts, such as a pencil and a pair of scissors.’
- ‘Use small, sharp scissors or a utility knife and cutting mat.’
- ‘Airport security presumably confiscated her tweezers and manicure scissors.’
- ‘The shirt had a long slash across the abdomen where it looked like somebody had cut through it with a knife or a pair of scissors.’
- ‘With another quick glance around, he saw that the first aid kit was open and that the pair of scissors contained within were missing.’
- ‘To harvest, just take your kitchen scissors and cut what you need.’
- ‘Briefly, at a signal, two opponents show each other one of their hands, shaped like a rock, a piece of paper, or a pair of scissors.’
- ‘Tiles are easily cut with a utility knife or a pair of scissors, and will cut even easier if you first warm the tile with a blow dryer.’
- ‘A small suture scissors was used to " fish " for the deeply embedded hair.’
- ‘Grabbing a cube of ice, a pair of scissors and her threaded needle, she returned to her patient.’
- ‘Unfortunately, with this type of packaging a pair of scissors or a knife is necessary to forcefully remove the contents.’
- ‘With cuticle scissors, trim unruly or longer hairs above the upper brow line.’
- ‘I needed a pair of scissors to finally cut it open.’
- ‘He picks up the little nail scissors and begins to snip at his beard.’
- ‘Simply cut the foam to length with a pair of scissors, peel off the backing paper, and press it firmly against the doorstop.’
- ‘With a sharp scissors, snip off a very small corner of the baggie.’
- ‘He grabbed a pair of scissors from a desk drawer and cut the tape from her ankles.’
- ‘All I had to do was sit still for a minute, while she snipped a profile with tiny scissors.’
- 1.1as modifier Denoting an action in which two things cross each other or open and close like the blades of a pair of scissors.‘as the fish swims the tail lobes open and close in a slight scissor action’
- ‘The swimmer did a scissors kick with every two arm strokes.’
- ‘With a burst of summoned energy, Ryo shot his legs in the air, slamming into Leigh's ankles in a scissor movement.’
- ‘That's where exercises like the scissor cycle come in.’
- 1.2Rugby A tactical move in which a player running diagonally takes the ball from a teammate and changes the direction of the attack, or feints to do so.‘a dummy scissors from David Thomas deceived the opposition’
Late Middle English: from Old French cisoires, from late Latin cisoria, plural of cisorium ‘cutting instrument’, from cis-, variant of caes-, stem of caedere ‘to cut’. The spelling with sc- (16th century) was by association with the Latin stem sciss- ‘cut’.
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