how to pronounce scissors


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the above transcription of scissors is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

scissors is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of scissors in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… would you use to cut that scissors right …”

meanings of scissors


  1. A method of skating with one foot significantly in front of the other.
  2. A 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.
  3. A scissors hold.
  4. A hand with the index and middle fingers open (a handshape resembling scissors), that beats paper and loses to rock. It beats lizard and loses to Spock in rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock.
  5. An attacking move conducted by two players; the player without the ball runs from one side of the ball carrier, behind the ball carrier, and receives a pass from the ball carrier on the other side.
  6. An exercise in which the legs are switched back and forth, suggesting the motion of scissors.
  7. A type of defensive maneuver in dogfighting, involving repeatedly turning one's aircraft towards that of the attacker in order to force them to overshoot.


  1. Rare form of scissor (“To cut using, or as if using, scissors.").
  2. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of scissor.

scissors frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word scissors occurs in english on average 8.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics scissors can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that scissors can be often used in the following areas:

1) leisure and entertainment;

2) transport and travel;

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