- 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.
- saw wood, Informal. to snore loudly while sleeping.
Origin of saw1
- simple past tense of see1.
Related Words for sawedshave, slice, rip, slash, carve, curtail, divide, clip, slay, chip, crop, snip, slit, sliver, hack, guillotine, saw, hew, decussate, nick
Examples from the Web for sawed
Contemporary Examples of sawed
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
October 10, 2014
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
I had one gun, an M-1 from World War I, but it was sawed down a little bit.Mike Tyson Opens Up About His Rape Conviction, Brad Pitt, and Love of Pinkberry
November 6, 2013
I knew boys who would have sawed their own arm off to have sex with a girl, were there a marketplace for such a transaction.Rapists Don't Deserve Our Sympathy
March 24, 2013
Violent and provocative, Boardwalk Empire's story isn't all sawed off shotguns and brutal beatings.The Best and Worst TV Shows of the Year
December 19, 2010
Historical Examples of sawed
The boards we used in the building had to be sawed by us two slaves with a whipsaw.Biography of a Slave
Nothing but green timber was sawed thereabout in those days.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
As stage driver, old Monte for every other night will get sawed off on Tucson.Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
She took an old broom handle, and sawed it into thin slices.Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic
Olive Thorne Miller
The vines were sawed squarely off below the surface of the ground.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
- surface acoustic wave
- 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 sawto saw the air
- to move (an object) from side to side as if moving a saw
Word Origin for saw
- the past tense of see 1
- a wise saying, maxim, or proverb
Word Origin for saw
toothed cutting tool, Old English sagu, from Proto-Germanic *sago "a cutting tool" (cf. Old English seax "knife," Old Norse sög, Norwegian sag, Danish sav, Swedish såg, Middle Dutch saghe, Dutch zaag, Old High German saga, German Säge "saw"), from PIE root *sek- "to cut" (cf. Latin secare "to cut," Russian sech' "to cut;" see section (n.)).
"proverb, saying, maxim," Old English sagu "saying, discourse, speech, study, tradition, tale," from Proto-Germanic *saga-, *sagon- (cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch sage, zage, German Sage "legend, fable, saga, myth, tradition," Old Norse saga "story, tale, saga"), from PIE root *sek(w)- "to say, utter" (see say (v.)).
past tense of see; from Old English plural sawon.
see old saw.