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Scissors are hand-operated cutting instruments. They consist of a pair of metal blades pivoted so that the sharpened edges slide against each other when the handles (bows) opposite to the pivot are closed.

scissors n 1: and edge tool having two crossed pivoting blades [syn: {pair of scissors}] 2: a wrestling hold in which you wrap your legs around the opponents body or head and put your feet together and squeeze [syn: {scissors hold}, {scissor grip}, {scissors grip}] 3: a gymnastic exercise performed on the pommel horse when the gymnast moves his legs as scissors move

Scissors \Scis"sors\, n. pl. [OE. sisoures, OF. cisoires (cf. F. ciseaux), probably fr. LL. cisorium a cutting instrument, fr. L. caedere to cut. Cf. {Chisel}, {Concise}. The modern spelling is due to a mistaken derivation from L. scissor one who cleaves or divides, fr. scindere, scissum, to cut, split.] A cutting instrument resembling shears, but smaller, consisting of two cutting blades with handles, movable on a pin in the center, by which they are held together. Often called a {pair of scissors}. [Formerly written also {cisors}, {cizars}, and {scissars}.] [1913 Webster] {Scissors grinder} (Zo["o]l.), the European goatsucker. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

Scissors, TX (CDP, FIPS 66248) Location: 26.13001 N, 98.05157 W Population (1990): 1513 (346 housing units) Area: 2.5 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water)


Shears may refer to:

shears n : (usually plural) large scissors with strong blades [syn: {shear}]

Shears \Shears\, n. pl. [Formerly used also in the singular. See {Shear}, n., 1.] 1. A cutting instrument. Specifically: (a) An instrument consisting of two blades, commonly with bevel edges, connected by a pivot, and working on both sides of the material to be cut, -- used for cutting cloth and other substances. [1913 Webster] Fate urged the shears, and cut the sylph in twain. --Pope. [1913 Webster] (b) A similar instrument the blades of which are extensions of a curved spring, -- used for shearing sheep or skins. (c) A shearing machine; a blade, or a set of blades, working against a resisting edge. [1913 Webster] 2. Anything in the form of shears. Specifically: (a) A pair of wings. [Obs.] --Spenser. (b) An apparatus for raising heavy weights, and especially for stepping and unstepping the lower masts of ships. It consists of two or more spars or pieces of timber, fastened together near the top, steadied by a guy or guys, and furnished with the necessary tackle. [Written also {sheers}.] [1913 Webster] 3. (Mach.) The bedpiece of a machine tool, upon which a table or slide rest is secured; as, the shears of a lathe or planer. See Illust. under {Lathe}. [1913 Webster] {Rotary shears}. See under {Rotary}. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • scissors: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • scissors: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • scissors: U.S. Gazetteer (1990)
  • shears: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • shears: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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