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ripsaw

[rip-saw]
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noun
  1. a saw for cutting wood with the grain.
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verb (used with object), rip·sawed, rip·sawed or rip·sawn, rip·saw·ing.
  1. to saw (wood) in such a manner.
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Origin of ripsaw

First recorded in 1840–50; rip1 + saw1
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Examples from the Web for rip-saw

Historical Examples

  • But you will often have need of a rip-saw, back-saw, and bracket-saw.

    The Boy Craftsman

    A. Neely Hall

  • Chub Flannagan wanted to start a new paper called the Rip-Saw.

  • The Rip-saw is not fit for cross-cutting, as it leaves the cut fibres in a very rough condition.

    The Boy Craftsman

    A. Neely Hall

  • The teeth of a rip-saw are like so many little chisels set in a row; they pare the wood away.

  • Square with the deck, the curve should be worked out with rip-saw and spokeshave.


British Dictionary definitions for rip-saw

ripsaw

noun
  1. a handsaw for cutting along the grain of timber
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Word Origin and History for rip-saw

n.

"a hand saw, the teeth of which have more rake and less set than a cross-cut saw, used for cutting wood in the direction of the grain," 1846, from rip (n.) "split timber" (see rip (v.) + saw (n.1)).

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