chain saw

  1. a power saw, usually portable, having teeth set on an endless chain.

Origin of chain saw

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50

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Other definitions for chain-saw (2 of 2)


or chain·saw

[ cheyn-saw ]

verb (used with object)
  1. to cut or cut down (lumber, a tree, etc.) with a chain saw.

verb (used without object)
  1. to use a chain saw.

Origin of chain-saw

First recorded in 1955–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use chain saw in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for chain saw

chain saw

  1. a motor-driven saw, usually portable, in which the cutting teeth form links in a continuous chain

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