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a power saw, usually portable, having teeth set on an endless chain.
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Origin of chain saw
An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
Other definitions for chain saw (2 of 2)
[ 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.
Origin of chain-saw
First recorded in 1955–60
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How to use chain saw in a sentence
Being buried alive is a nightmare that ranks alongside masked chainsaw-wielding madmen and enormous tarantulas.What It’s Like to Wake Up Dead|Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I felt at one point like I was looking right into a chainsaw.Greil Marcus Talks About Trying to Unlock Rock and Roll in 10 Songs|Allen Barra|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The edges of the chainsaw chains and the mower blades, obviously.What Did TJ Mean By “Pursuit of Happiness,” Anyway?|P. J. O’Rourke|June 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Told by a black man, the chainsaw joke would go over perfectly well as witty nonsense, for example.Justin Bieber: Not a Racist, But Is He Really a N*****?|John McWhorter|June 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I doubt this is the kind of engineering that would help fix my chainsaw.The Federal Government Has Violated My Right to Chainsaw|P. J. O’Rourke|April 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for chain saw
a motor-driven saw, usually portable, in which the cutting teeth form links in a continuous chain
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