a saw for cutting metal, consisting of a narrow, fine-toothed blade held in a frame
also written hack saw
A saw consisting of a tough, fine-toothed blade stretched taut in a frame, used for cutting metal.
Origin of hacksawAlteration of Middle English hagge-saue, a kind of saw : haggen, to cut, chop; see haggle + sawe, saw; see saw1.
(third-person singular simple present hacksaws, present participle hacksawing, simple past and past participle hacksawed)
- To cut with a hacksaw.
- This bolt is so rusted I'll have to hacksaw it off.