a small handsaw with a narrow, tapering blade for cutting curves of small radii; whipsaw.
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Origin of compass saw
First recorded in 1670–80
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Examples from the Web for compass saw
The compass-saw shown at Fig. 107 is used for general purposes, but is not so necessary as the back saw.Carpentry and Woodwork|Edwin W. Foster
The keyhole-saw, which is even smaller than the compass-saw, is used for cutting quicker curves, as for a keyhole.Woodworking for Beginners|Charles Gardner Wheeler
British Dictionary definitions for compass saw
a hand saw with a narrow tapered blade for making a curved cut
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