- a narrow saw mounted vertically in a frame and operated with an up-and-down motion, used for cutting curved ornamental designs.
- such a saw mounted in a power-driven machine.
Origin of scroll saw
First recorded in 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for scroll saw
A scroll-saw, with directions to use it, for a piece of zinc and tin ore.
If you have a bow-saw or scroll-saw, it will save much time in shaping the outlines, or you can have them sawed at the mill.Woodworking for Beginners
Charles Gardner Wheeler
A boy who has a scroll-saw may earn a little income for himself, if he is industrious, in his play-time.
So he went back to the white canoe, and paddled away up the river, and nobody in Scroll-Saw City ever set eyes on him again.The Blue Flower, and Others
Henry van Dyke
A new Rogers scroll-saw (foot-power), for a good bow and arrows, or a stamp collection.
- a saw with a narrow blade for cutting intricate ornamental curves in wood
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