[ rip-saw ]
/ ˈrɪpˌsɔ /


a saw for cutting wood with the grain.

verb (used with object), rip·sawed, rip·sawed or rip·sawn, rip·saw·ing.

to saw (wood) in such a manner.

Origin of ripsaw

First recorded in 1840–50; rip1 + saw1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rip-saw


/ (ˈrɪpˌsɔː) /


a handsaw for cutting along the grain of timber
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Word Origin and History for rip-saw



"a hand saw, the teeth of which have more rake and less set than a cross-cut saw, used for cutting wood in the direction of the grain," 1846, from rip (n.) "split timber" (see rip (v.) + saw (n.1)).

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