[ pleyn-saw ]

verb (used with object),plain-sawed, plain-sawed or plain-sawn, plain-saw·ing.
  1. to reduce (a squared log) to boards with evenly spaced parallel cuts; bastard-saw.

Origin of plain-saw

First recorded in 1950–55

Words Nearby plain-saw Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use plain-saw in a sentence

  • People who had heard her called plain saw her and wondered where other people's eyes were.

    Anne Of Avonlea | Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • The company clerks who looked out over the sandy plain saw miles away a dust cloud which meant but one thing.

    The Covered Wagon | Emerson Hough
  • Except for the beveling of the mold for the curtain wall recesses, the framing is all plain saw and hammer work.

    Concrete Construction | Halbert P. Gillette