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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.
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Idioms about saw

    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, nounsawlike, adjective

Other definitions for saw (2 of 3)

saw2
[ saw ]
/ sɔ /

verb
simple past tense of see1.

Other definitions for saw (3 of 3)

saw3
[ saw ]
/ sɔ /

noun
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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How to use saw in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for saw (1 of 4)

saw1
/ (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 of saw

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 4)

saw2
/ (sɔː) /

verb
the past tense of see 1

British Dictionary definitions for saw (3 of 4)

saw3
/ (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 4)

SAW

abbreviation for
surface acoustic wave
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Other Idioms and Phrases with saw

saw

see old saw.

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