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.
to cut or divide with a saw.
to form by cutting with a saw.
to make cutting motions as if using a saw: to saw the air with one's hands.
to work (something) from side to side like a saw.
to use a saw.
to cut with or as if with a saw.
to cut as a saw does.
Idioms about saw
saw wood, Informal. to snore loudly while sleeping.
- sawer, noun
- sawlike, adjective
Other definitions for saw (2 of 3)
simple past tense of see1.
Other definitions for saw (3 of 3)
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How to use saw in a sentence
According to Mack, he nearly killed her, broke 18 of her bones and, “sawed much of my hair off with [a] dull knife.”The MMA Fighters Have Gone Crazy: ‘Mayhem’ Miller the Latest in a Long Line of Psycho Pugilists | Robert Silverman | October 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A few feet from where we sit is the sawed-off stump of a third willow.
Two feet from the sawed-off stump of a third willow is the small foot-pump carousel Ray was sitting on when he shot himself.
In a matter of weeks, Putin has sawed the Crimea off Ukraine and glued it into the Russian Federation.Obama’s Nuclear Summit Aimed to Stop Terrorists. Now Putin’s the Issue. | Christopher Dickey, Jamie Dettmer, Nadette De Visser | March 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was the point man in the promotion when Evel Knievel swore he'd soar across Snake River Canyon in a sawed-off rocket ship.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull | Mark Jacobson | March 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Scattergood fairly licked his lips as he thought of the millions upon millions of feet of spruce to be sawed into lumber.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
He himself went to one of his neighbors, and asked him if he had any timber of any kind already sawed at Squire Murdock's mill.Mike Marble | Uncle Frank
That afternoon I went back to my orchard, got out my shiny and sharp new double-edged pruning saw, and sawed till both arms ached.
I sawed under limbs and over limbs, right-handed and left-handed, standing on my feet and on my head.
I sawed off the upper four feet carefully, and stowed the remainder back in the loft.
British Dictionary definitions for saw (1 of 4)
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
to cut with a saw
to form by sawing
to cut as if wielding a saw: to saw the air
to move (an object) from side to side as if moving a saw
- sawer, noun
- sawlike, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for saw (2 of 4)
the past tense of see 1
British Dictionary definitions for saw (3 of 4)
a wise saying, maxim, or proverb
British Dictionary definitions for SAW (4 of 4)
surface acoustic wave
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Other Idioms and Phrases with saw
see old saw.
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