Definition of scissor in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪzə/


1 [with object and adverbial] Cut (something) with scissors: pages scissored out of a magazine
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  • The holes seemed absurdly small, so I scissored them big, then slipped the two attachments seamlessly onto the taps.
  • Was there not a censor who, having scissored a hole in a soldier's letter, and realising that he had spoiled a salty story on the other side, carefully wrote in the pay-off along the margin?
  • Actually, this is what happened to her last November when, while training, her cheek and chin were scissored by the edges of the skater behind her.
2 [with object] Move (one’s legs) back and forth in a way resembling the action of scissors: he was still hanging on, scissoring his legs uselessly
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  • She bore him down and levered herself atop him, fastening to him like a leech, scissoring his legs with her own and wrapping one arm around his neck.
  • As I lunged for the present, Clay scissored his legs around my waist.
  • Keep your pelvis stable by keeping abs tight and flat as you scissor your legs; don't tilt it upward.
2.1 [no object] (Of a person’s legs) move in a way resembling the action of scissors: Frank could see shadowy legs scissoring under the thin skirt as she ran
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  • He went under again, heading to the far side of the pool, his legs scissoring and his arms moving like underwater wings.
  • In the first two images, she holds the unframed mirror, her legs scissoring in the shallow water of the strand, one leg doubled in the mirror, the rest of her body hidden behind the reflective panel.
  • Stand with your legs scissored widely apart in a classic lunge position.



Early 17th century: from scissors.

Words that rhyme with scissor

fizzer, quizzer

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Line breaks: scis|sor

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