saw meaning

saw meaning

A saw is a tool that’s used to cut wood. It can be a hand tool or a power tool, and it usually has either a blade or a disk with a jagged cutting edge.

The verb saw means to cut through wood or another material using a saw or other tool. If you are going to build a bookcase, you have to saw the wood into the proper lengths. It’s a good idea to measure it twice so you only have to saw it once. When you’re faced with a tough piece of meat, you might have to saw at it just to cut off a bite.

Definitions of saw
  1. noun

    hand tool having a toothed blade for cutting

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    bill, billhook

    a long-handled saw with a curved blade

    a saw that is set in a frame in the shape of an H; used with both hands to cut wood that is held in a sawbuck
    crown saw

    a saw having teeth around the edge of a hollow cylinder
    folding saw

    a saw with a toothed blade that folds into a handle (the way a pocketknife folds)
    hack saw, hacksaw, metal saw

    saw used with one hand for cutting metal
    carpenter’s saw, hand saw, handsaw

    a saw used with one hand for cutting wood
    lumberman’s saw, two-handed saw, two-man saw, whipsaw

    a saw with handles at both ends; intended for use by two people
    back saw, backsaw

    a handsaw that is stiffened by metal reinforcement along the upper edge
    compass saw

    a handsaw with a narrow triangular blade for cutting curves
    coping saw

    a handsaw with a taut thin blade; used for cutting small curves in wood
    crosscut handsaw, crosscut saw, cutoff saw

    handsaw that cuts at right angles to the grain (or major axis)
    keyhole saw

    a handsaw with a long narrow blade for cutting short radius curves; similar to a compass saw

    a large two-handed saw formerly used to cut logs into planks; one man stood above the log and the other in a pit below
    pruning saw

    a handsaw used for pruning trees
    ripsaw, splitsaw

    a handsaw for cutting with the grain of the wood

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    hand tool

    a tool used with workers’ hands
  2. noun

    a power tool for cutting wood

    power saw, sawing machine

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    band saw, bandsaw

    an endless saw consisting of a toothed metal band that is driven around two wheels
    chain saw, chainsaw

    portable power saw; teeth linked to form an endless chain
    buzz saw, circular saw

    a power saw that has a steel disk with cutting teeth on the periphery; rotates on a spindle

    a power saw that has several parallel blades making simultaneous cuts
    fretsaw, jigsaw, scroll saw

    fine-toothed power saw with a narrow blade; used to cut curved outlines
    jigsaw, reciprocating saw, saber saw

    a portable power saw with a reciprocating blade; can be used with a variety of blades depending on the application and kind of cut; generally have a plate that rides on the surface that is being cut

    a large sawing machine
    portable circular saw, portable saw

    a circular saw that is portable and is operated with a hand grip
    table saw

    a circular saw mounted under a table or bench so that the blade of the saw projects up through a slot

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    power tool

    a tool driven by a motor
  3. verb

    cut with a saw

    saw wood for the fireplace”
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    saw with a whipsaw

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    separate with or as if with an instrument
  4. noun

    a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people

    adage, byword, proverb

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    expression, locution, saying

    a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations
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