chain saw


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

Origin of chain saw

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50

Definition for chainsaw (2 of 2)


or chain·saw

[ cheyn-saw ]
/ ˈtʃeɪnˌsɔ /

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chainsaw

chain saw


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