- 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, sawing
- 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 sawMiddle English sawe ; from Old English sagu: see say
verbsawed sawed, sawed 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; 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.
(third-person singular simple present saws, present participle sawing, simple past sawed, past participle sawed or sawn)
- To cut (something) with a saw.
- (intransitive) To make a motion back and forth similar to cutting something with a saw.
- The fiddler sawed away at his instrument.
- (intransitive) To be cut with a saw.
- The timber saws smoothly.
- To form or produce (something) by cutting with a saw.
- to saw boards or planks (i.e. to saw logs or timber into boards or planks)
- to saw shingles; to saw out a panel
- saw wood
From Middle English sawe, from Old English saga, sagu (“saw”), from Proto-Germanic *sagô, *sagō (“saw”), from Proto-Indo-European *sek- (“to cut”). Cognate with West Frisian seage (“saw”), Dutch zaag (“saw”), German Säge (“saw”), Danish sav (“saw”), Swedish såg (“saw”), Icelandic sög (“saw”), and through Indo-European, with Latin secō (“cut”).
From Middle English sawe, from Old English sagu, saga (“story, tale, saying, statement, report, narrative, tradition”), from Proto-Germanic *sagō, *sagǭ (“saying, story”), from Proto-Indo-European *sekʷe-, *skʷē- (“to tell, talk”). Cognate with Dutch sage (“saga”), German Sage (“legend, saga, tale, fable”), Danish sagn (“legend”), Norwegian soga (“story”), Icelandic saga (“story, tale, history”). More at saga, say.
- Simple past tense of see.
- (slang, African American Vernacular) A Bahamian.
Variant of see
transitive verbsaw, seen, seeing
- to get knowledge or an awareness of through the eyes; perceive visually; look at; view
- to visualize as though present; picture
- to get a clear mental impression of; grasp by thinking; understand: to see the point of a joke
- to accept as right, proper, or suitable: I can't see him as president
- to consider to be; judge: saw it as his duty
- to learn; discover; find out: see what they want
- to learn by reading, as in a newspaper
- to have personal knowledge of; experience; witness: to have seen better days
- to look over; inspect; examine: let me see that burn
- to take care; make sure: see that he does it right
- to escort; accompany; attend: to see someone home
- to keep company with; be dating regularly
- to encounter; meet; come in contact with: have you seen John?
- to recognize by sight
- to call on; visit
- to have an interview with; consult: see a lawyer
- to admit to one's presence; receive: too ill to see anyone
- to be a spectator at; view or attend: to see a show
- Card Games
- to meet (a bet) by staking an equal sum
- to meet the bet of (another) in this way
Origin of seeMiddle English seen ; from Old English seon (; from an unverified form sehwan), akin to German sehen, Gothic saihwan ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sekw-, to observe, show, see, tell: see say
- to have the power of sight
- to discern objects, colors, etc. by using the eyes: to be able to see far
- to take a look: go and see
- to investigate or inquire: see if he wants anything
- to comprehend; understand
- to think over a given matter; reflect: let me see, where did I put it?
- to investigate or inquire into
- to attend to
- to investigate; look into
- to perceive the true meaning, character, or nature of
- to carry out; finish; go through with
- to wait till the end of
- to perceive the true meaning, character, or nature of: saw through his pretty words
- to carry out to the end; finish: to see a project through
- to help out or carry through a time of difficulty: saw her through her final exams