bow saw

[ boh ]

  1. a saw having a narrow blade held at both ends by a bowed handle.

Origin of bow saw

First recorded in 1670–80

Words Nearby bow saw Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bow saw in a sentence

  • 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
  • The turning- or bow-saw is much better for any work with which the bow will not interfere, and is a very useful tool at times.

    Woodworking for Beginners | Charles Gardner Wheeler

British Dictionary definitions for bowsaw


/ (ˈbəʊˌsɔː) /

  1. a saw with a thin blade in a bow-shaped frame

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