saw

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noun
  1. a tool or device for cutting, typically a thin blade of metal with a series of sharp teeth.

  2. 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.
  1. to cut or divide with a saw.

  2. to form by cutting with a saw.

  1. to make cutting motions as if using a saw: to saw the air with one's hands.

  2. to work (something) from side to side like a saw.

verb (used without object),sawed, sawed or sawn, saw·ing.
  1. to use a saw.

  2. to cut with or as if with a saw.

  1. to cut as a saw does.

Idioms about saw

  1. saw wood, Informal. to snore loudly while sleeping.

Origin of saw

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First recorded before 1000; Middle English noun sau(e), soue, zaue, Old English saga, sagu; cognate with Dutch zaag, Old Norse sǫg, German Säge, all meaning “saw”; akin to Latin secāre “to cut,” Old English seax “short sword, knife, dagger”; the verb is derivative of the noun; see also sax2, section

Other words from saw

  • sawer, noun
  • sawlike, adjective

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Other definitions for saw (2 of 3)

saw2
[ saw ]

verb
  1. simple past tense of see1.

Other definitions for saw (3 of 3)

saw3
[ saw ]

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

Origin of saw

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First recorded before 950; Middle English sau(e), sauhe, sagh(e) “talk, words, something said,” Old English sagu “a saying, speech, narrative”; cognate with German Sage “legend, fable, myth, tradition,” Old Norse saga “statement, tale, story, history”; see also saga, say1

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British Dictionary definitions for saw (1 of 4)

saw1

/ (sɔː) /


noun
  1. any of various hand tools for cutting wood, metal, etc, having a blade with teeth along one edge

  2. 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

verbsaws, sawing, sawed, sawed or sawn
  1. to cut with a saw

  2. to form by sawing

  1. to cut as if wielding a saw: to saw the air

  2. to move (an object) from side to side as if moving a saw

Origin of saw

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

Derived forms of saw

  • sawer, noun
  • sawlike, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for saw (2 of 4)

saw2

/ (sɔː) /


verb
  1. the past tense of see 1

British Dictionary definitions for saw (3 of 4)

saw3

/ (sɔː) /


noun
  1. a wise saying, maxim, or proverb

Origin of saw

3
Old English sagu a saying; related to saga

British Dictionary definitions for SAW (4 of 4)

SAW

abbreviation for
  1. surface acoustic wave

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Other Idioms and Phrases with saw

saw

see old saw.

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