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scissors

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English

an assortment of scissors

Etymology

c.1350–1400 Middle English sisoures < Old French cisoires < Vulgar Latin *cīsōria, plural of Late Latin cīsōrium (cutting tool) (compare chisel); from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] word root -cīsus (compare excise) or cæsus, past participle of cædere (to cut).

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Noun

scissors

  1. (plural only; not used in singular form) A type of 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; the tool is operated by one hand by putting the thumb and a finger or fingers through holes at the ends of the blades that are opposite to the cutting edges.
  2. (rare) A single pair of scissors.

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scissors

  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of scissor.

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