scissor

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English[edit]

A pair of scissors

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English cysour, cysoure, cysowre, altered from sisours (scissors); ultimately from Latin caedere (to cut); current spelling influenced by Latin scindere (to split).

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Noun[edit]

scissor (plural scissors)

  1. (rare) One blade on a pair of scissors.
  2. (India) Scissors.
  3. (noun adjunct) Used in certain noun phrases to denote a thing resembling the action of scissors, as scissor kick, scissor hold (wrestling), scissor jack.

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Verb[edit]

scissor (third-person singular simple present scissors, present participle scissoring, simple past and past participle scissored)

  1. (transitive) To cut using, or as if using, scissors.
    • 1613–1614 (date written), John Fletcher; William Shak[e]speare, The Two Noble Kinsmen: [], London: [] Tho[mas] Cotes, for Iohn Waterson; [], published 1634, OCLC 1170464517, Act V, scene i, page 10:
      [] let me know,
      Why mine owne Barber is unblest, with him
      My poore Chinne too, for tis not Cizard iust
      To such a Favorites glasse []
    • 1829, uncredited author, “Letters from London,” No. VIII, The Edinburgh Literary Journal, Volume I, Number 19, 21 March, 1829, p. 267,[1]
      [The poem] “All for Love” [] was originally intended for the Keepsake—the Editor of which Annual proposed to have it scissored down into genteel dimensions, which the Laureate refused to do []
    • 1958, Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, New York: Vintage, 1993 Chapter 4, p. 37,[2]
      Tucked between the pages were Sunday features, together with scissored snippings from gossip columns.
    • 1993, Paul Theroux, Millroy the Magician, New York: Ivy Books, 1995, Chapter 4, p. 29,
      [] Millroy scissored open his pants leg and bandaged his shin.
    • 2008, Toni Morrison, A Mercy, New York: Knopf, p. 48,
      They clipped the beads from her arms and scissored inches from her hair.
  2. (transitive) To excise or expunge something from a text.
    The erroneous testimony was scissored from the record.
    • 1955, Lionel Shapiro, The Sixth of June, Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Chapter 15,[3]
      The next line and a half had been scissored out by the censor.
    • 2003, William Gass, “The Shears of the Censor” in Tests of Time, University of Chicago Press, p. 190,
      At one university the navy made me attend, I took out a Chaucer which had lines scissored out []
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To reproduce (text) as an excerpt, copy.
    • 1832, Review of The Etymological Encyclopœdia by D. J. Browne, The New-England Magazine, Volume 3, September, 1832, p. 256,[4]
      The public are no longer excluded from the beauties of Science, if there is any virtue in 257 pages of etymology, scissored from “the best authorities.”
    • 1881, advertisement for Pattison’s Missouri Digest, 1873, published in The Texas Reports: Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court, Volume 3, Austin: Gammel-Statesman Publishing,[5]
      This Digest is the result of a careful reading of every case, and not a mere scissoring of head notes, as is so often done by digesters.
  4. (transitive, intransitive) To move something like a pair of scissors, especially the legs.
    The runner scissored over the hurdles.
    • 1938, Raymond Chandler, “The King in Yellow,” Part Three, in The Simple Art of Murder, Houghton Mifflin, 1950,[6]
      She lay on her side on the floor under the bed, long legs scissored out as if in running.
    • 1969, Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, New York: Bantam, 1971, Chapter 22, p. 140,[7]
      His jaws were scissoring mechanically on the already mushy sweet potatoes.
    • 1978, Edmund White, Nocturnes for the King of Naples, Penguin, 1980, Chapter 5, p. 67,[8]
      [] I stand on tiptoe, lift a shade and see a pair of nyloned legs scissoring through a cold, wet, metropolitan afternoon.
    • 1989, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Homesick, New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1990, Chapter 9, p. 139,[9]
      She’s got her arms locked around his belly and her legs scissored around his shins []
  5. (intransitive, sex) To engage in scissoring (tribadism), a sexual act in which two women intertwine their legs and rub their vulvas against each other.
  6. (skating) To skate with one foot significantly in front of the other.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From scindō (I cut, tear) (supine scissum) +‎ -tor (-er, agent noun suffix).

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Noun[edit]

scissor m (genitive scissōris); third declension

  1. trancheur, somebody who in a banquet cuts the foodstuffs
    • c. 27 CE – 66 CE, Petronius, Satyricon 36:
      Processit statim scissor et ad symphoniam gesticulatus ita laceravit obsonium, ut putares essedarium hydraule cantante pugnare.
      The trancheur walked forward and signed in so concerted a manner while cutting the food that one believed that a chariot fought with a water-flute player.
  2. a kind of gladiator
    • 1st century BCE, Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum IX 466, which is a list of gladiators of the lanista Gaius Salvius Capito in Venusia
      Ret[iarius] C[aius] Clodius
      Scisso[r] M[arcus] Caecilius
      the net fighter Gaius Clodius
      The trancheur Marcus Caecilius
  3. (Medieval Latin) tailor
  4. (Medieval Latin) carver

Declension[edit]

Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative scissor scissōrēs
Genitive scissōris scissōrum
Dative scissōrī scissōribus
Accusative scissōrem scissōrēs
Ablative scissōre scissōribus
Vocative scissor scissōrēs