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[rip-saw] /ˈrɪpˌsɔ/
a saw for cutting wood with the grain.
verb (used with object), ripsawed, ripsawed or ripsawn, ripsawing.
to saw (wood) in such a manner.
Origin of ripsaw
1840-50; rip1 + saw1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Then he took the ax and the rip-saw and made for a bunch of trees higher up the hill.

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

  • The teeth are like those of a rip-saw, so that they are quite likely to tear the wood in cutting across the grain.

    Handwork in Wood William Noyes
  • 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
  • In cutting the tenon, first rip-saw just outside the gaged lines, then crosscut at the shoulder lines.

    Handwork in Wood William Noyes
  • But you will often have need of a rip-saw, back-saw, and bracket-saw.

    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.

  • Chub Flannagan wanted to start a new paper called the rip-saw.

    Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher Eleanor Gates
British Dictionary definitions for rip-saw


a handsaw for cutting along the grain of timber
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rip-saw

"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)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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