[ bak-saw ]

  1. a short saw with a reinforced back.

Origin of backsaw

First recorded in 1875–80; back1 + saw1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use backsaw in a sentence

  • Chance looking back saw an invincible silent readiness and a pallor which might be that of any woman.

    Hilda | Sarah Jeanette Duncan
  • After planing the two vanes to size, the joint must be laid out with knife and gage lines and cut out with back-saw and chisel.

  • The portion cut off between the doorways can be sawed with the tip of the back-saw if the board is laid flat on the bench-hook.

  • I happened to hear a footfall in the snow behind us, and looking back saw Ann Jane Foster going slow in easy hearing.

    Eben Holden | Irving Bacheller
  • When there he went on, and crossed the street, and looking back saw the club was lighted up.

    Phineas Redux | Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for back saw

back saw

  1. a small handsaw stiffened along its upper edge by a metal section

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