saw

1
[ saw ]
/ sɔ /
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noun

a tool or device for cutting, typically a thin blade of metal with a series of sharp teeth.
any similar tool or device, as a rotating disk, in which a sharp continuous edge replaces the teeth.

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

verb (used without object), sawed, sawed or sawn, saw·ing.

Idioms

    saw wood, Informal. to snore loudly while sleeping.

Origin of saw

1
before 1000; (noun) Middle English sawe, Old English saga, *sagu; cognate with Dutch zaag, Old Norse sǫg; akin to German Säge saw, Latin secāre to cut (see section), Old English seax knife, sax2; (v.) Middle English sawen, derivative of the noun

Related forms

saw·er, nounsaw·like, adjective

Definition for saw (2 of 4)

saw

2
[ saw ]
/ sɔ /

verb

simple past tense of see1.

Definition for saw (3 of 4)

saw

3
[ saw ]
/ sɔ /

noun

a sententious saying; maxim; proverb: He could muster an old saw for every occasion.

Origin of saw

3
before 950; Middle English; Old English sagu; cognate with German Sage, Old Norse saga saga; akin to say1

Definition for saw (4 of 4)

see

1
[ see ]
/ si /

verb (used with object), saw, seen, see·ing.


verb (used without object), saw, seen, see·ing.

Verb Phrases

Origin of see

1
before 900; Middle English seen, Old English sēon; cognate with Dutch zien, German sehen, Old Norse sjā, Gothic saihwan

SYNONYMS FOR see

5 comprehend, penetrate.
10 determine.
11 know, undergo.
18 accompany.

Related forms

see·a·ble, adjectivesee·a·ble·ness, nounun·see·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for saw (1 of 6)

saw

1
/ (sɔː) /

noun

any of various hand tools for cutting wood, metal, etc, having a blade with teeth along one edge
any of various machines or devices for cutting by use of a toothed blade, such as a power-driven circular toothed wheel or toothed band of metal

verb saws, sawing, sawed, sawed or sawn

to cut with a saw
to form by sawing
to cut as if wielding a sawto saw the air
to move (an object) from side to side as if moving a saw

Derived Forms

sawer, nounsawlike, adjective

Word Origin for saw

Old English sagu; related to Old Norse sog, Old High German saga, Latin secāre to cut, secūris axe

British Dictionary definitions for saw (2 of 6)

saw

2
/ (sɔː) /

verb

the past tense of see 1

British Dictionary definitions for saw (3 of 6)

saw

3
/ (sɔː) /

noun

a wise saying, maxim, or proverb

Word Origin for saw

Old English sagu a saying; related to saga

British Dictionary definitions for saw (4 of 6)

SAW

abbreviation for

surface acoustic wave

British Dictionary definitions for saw (5 of 6)

see

1
/ (siː) /

verb sees, seeing, saw or seen


Derived Forms

seeable, adjective

Word Origin for see

Old English sēon; related to Old Norse sjā, Gothic saihwan, Old Saxon sehan

British Dictionary definitions for saw (6 of 6)

see

2
/ (siː) /

noun

the diocese of a bishop, or the place within it where his cathedral or procathedral is situatedSee also Holy See

Word Origin for see

C13: from Old French sed, from Latin sēdēs a seat; related to sedēre to sit
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Idioms and Phrases with saw (1 of 2)

saw

see old saw.


Idioms and Phrases with saw (2 of 2)

see

In addition to the idioms beginning with see

  • see about
  • see after
  • see a man about a dog
  • see beyond one's nose
  • see daylight
  • see double
  • see eye to eye
  • see fit
  • seeing is believing
  • seeing that
  • seeing things
  • see into
  • seen better days, have
  • seen one, seen them all
  • see one's way to
  • see out
  • see reason
  • see red
  • see someone off
  • see stars
  • see the back of
  • see the color of one's money
  • see the elephant
  • see the last of
  • see the light
  • see the light of day
  • see the sights
  • see things
  • see through
  • see through rose-colored glasses
  • see to
  • see with half an eye

also see:

  • as far as I can see
  • begin to see daylight
  • can't see beyond the end of one's nose
  • can't see the forest for the trees
  • I'll be seeing you
  • I see
  • let me see
  • long time no see
  • so I see
  • wait and see

Also see underseen.


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