compass saw

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noun Carpentry.

a small handsaw with a narrow, tapering blade for cutting curves of small radii; whipsaw.

Nearby words

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  8. compassion club,
  9. compassion fatigue,
  10. compassionate

Compare keyhole saw.

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

compass saw

noun

a hand saw with a narrow tapered blade for making a curved cut
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