any common saw with a handle at one end for manual operation with one hand.

Origin of handsaw

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at hand, saw1
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Contemporary Examples of handsaw

Historical Examples of handsaw

  • Then she took a handsaw, and, pale about the lips, returned to the house and to her bedroom.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • You are sure she picked the handsaw up by the handle, are you?

    Dr. Sevier

    George W. Cable

  • Every farmer has an axe or two, some sort of a handsaw and a nail hammer.

    Farm Mechanics

    Herbert A. Shearer

  • I know a hawk from a handsaw if I was born and bred in the backwoods.

  • In my opinion he was so scairt he couldn't 'a' told a hennock from a handsaw anyway.

British Dictionary definitions for handsaw



any saw for use in one hand only
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