- a tool or device for cutting, typically a thin blade of metal with a series of sharp teeth.
- any similar tool or device, as a rotating disk, in which a sharp continuous edge replaces the teeth.
- to cut or divide with a saw.
- to form by cutting with a saw.
- to make cutting motions as if using a saw: to saw the air with one's hands.
- to work (something) from side to side like a saw.
- to use a saw.
- to cut with or as if with a saw.
- to cut as a saw does.
- saw wood, Informal. to snore loudly while sleeping.
Origin of saw1
- simple past tense of see1.
Examples from the Web for sawing
The developer had erected a big sign amid the sawing and hammering.Six Months After Sandy, the Rockaway Story Continues
April 29, 2013
It appeared that “Flintergill” had been sawing off the bough on which he was standing.Adventures and Recollections
Bill o'th' Hoylus End
Its rider was swaying in the saddle; swaying with white, tense face and sawing hands.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
The men roll it on skids, and the work of sawing oars is commenced.
He was roused by the sound of sawing and hammering from the tool house.The Forbidden Trail
Some were for pumping up water, some for sawing logs, and some for grinding grain.Rollo in Holland
- surface acoustic wave
- any of various hand tools for cutting wood, metal, etc, having a blade with teeth along one edge
- any of various machines or devices for cutting by use of a toothed blade, such as a power-driven circular toothed wheel or toothed band of metal
- to cut with a saw
- to form by sawing
- to cut as if wielding a sawto saw the air
- to move (an object) from side to side as if moving a saw
- the past tense of see 1
- a wise saying, maxim, or proverb
Word Origin and History for sawing
toothed cutting tool, Old English sagu, from Proto-Germanic *sago "a cutting tool" (cf. Old English seax "knife," Old Norse sög, Norwegian sag, Danish sav, Swedish såg, Middle Dutch saghe, Dutch zaag, Old High German saga, German Säge "saw"), from PIE root *sek- "to cut" (cf. Latin secare "to cut," Russian sech' "to cut;" see section (n.)).
"proverb, saying, maxim," Old English sagu "saying, discourse, speech, study, tradition, tale," from Proto-Germanic *saga-, *sagon- (cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch sage, zage, German Sage "legend, fable, saga, myth, tradition," Old Norse saga "story, tale, saga"), from PIE root *sek(w)- "to say, utter" (see say (v.)).
past tense of see; from Old English plural sawon.
Idioms and Phrases with sawing
see old saw.