chain saw

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noun

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

Origin of chain saw

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50

chain-saw

or chain·saw

[cheyn-saw]

verb (used with object)

to cut or cut down (lumber, a tree, etc.) with a chain saw.

verb (used without object)

to use a chain saw.
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chain saw

noun

a motor-driven saw, usually portable, in which the cutting teeth form links in a continuous chain
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Word Origin and History for chainsaw
n.

also chain saw, chain-saw; 1818 as a surgical apparatus; 1835 in the saw mill sense, from chain (n.) + saw (n.).

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