A man using a hand saw to cut wood.
- The definition of a saw is a tool used to cut wood or other items.
An example of a saw is what you use to chop up firewood.
- To saw is to do the action of cutting something, especially using a specific tool that is meant for cutting.
An example of saw is when you go outside and cut wood into smaller pieces.
- a cutting tool, of various shapes and sizes and worked by hand or machinery, consisting essentially of a thin blade or disk of metal, usually steel, the edge of which is a series of sharp teeth
- any of various tools or devices somewhat like this but with a sharp edge instead of teeth
- a machine for operating a saw or saws
Origin of sawMiddle English sawe from Old English sagu, akin to German säge, Dutch zaag from Indo-European base an unverified form sek-, to cut, from source Classical Latin secare, to cut, Old English seax, knife
transitive verbsawed, sawed or Chiefly Brit.sawn, saw′ing
- to cut or divide with a saw
- to shape or form with a saw
- to make sawlike cutting motions through (the air, etc.)
- to operate or produce with a to-and-fro motion suggestive of that used in working a saw: to saw a knife through meat, to saw a tune on a fiddle
- to cut with or as with a saw or as a saw does
- to be cut with a saw: wood that saws easily
- to make sawlike cutting motions
Origin of sawin allusion to the rhythmic sound of snoring
Origin of sawMiddle English sawe from Old English sagu: see say
verbsawed, sawed, or sawn saw·ing, saws
- To cut or divide with a saw.
- To produce or shape with a saw: sawed a hole in the board.
- To make back-and-forth motions through or on: a speaker who saws the air with his arms.
- To use a saw: sawing along the chalk line.
- To undergo cutting with a saw: Pine wood saws easily.
Origin of sawMiddle English sawe from Old English sagu saw ; see sek- in Indo-European roots.
top to bottom: compass saw, backsaw, and crosscut saw
Origin of sawMiddle English sawe from Old English sagu speech ; see sekw-3 in Indo-European roots.
- (Islam, proscribed) صلى الله عليه وسلم (peace be upon him, “sallalahu aleyhi wasallam”)
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- (military, US) A squad automatic weapon or section automatic weapon, a kind of light machine gun.
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