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[jig-saw] /ˈdʒɪgˌsɔ/
Also, jig saw. an electric machine saw with a narrow blade mounted vertically in a frame, for cutting curves or other difficult lines or patterns.
verb (used with object), jigsawed, jigsawed or jigsawn, jigsawing.
to cut or form with a jigsaw.
formed by or as if by a jigsaw:
jigsaw ornamentation.
Origin of jigsaw
First recorded in 1870-75; jig2 + saw1 Unabridged
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  • Their bodies fitted like two parts of a jigsaw puzzle that have discovered each other.

    The Pretty Lady

    Arnold E. Bennett
  • Traglio was running a lot of games, jigsaw puzzles and things of that kind.

  • It's like I'm looking at a jigsaw puzzle that looks like it's all completed and lying out on the table.

    Bear Trap Alan Edward Nourse
  • Through a cloud of pipe smoke, Drake was placing more pieces into the jigsaw of Sylvia Fanton's life.

  • He looked at the great jagged opening in the wall—like a jigsaw picture with a piece missing.

    It Could Be Anything John Keith Laumer
British Dictionary definitions for jigsaw


a mechanical saw with a fine steel blade for cutting intricate curves in sheets of material
Word Origin
C19: from jig (to jerk up and down rapidly) + saw1
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Word Origin and History for jigsaw

also jig-saw, "vertical reciprocating saw," 1855, American English, from jig with its notion of "rapid up-and-down motion" + saw (n.1). Jigsaw puzzle first recorded 1906; originally one with pieces cut by a jigsaw.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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