- a past participle of saw1.
- 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 sawnshave, slice, rip, slash, carve, curtail, divide, clip, slay, chip, crop, snip, slit, sliver, hack, guillotine, saw, hew, decussate, nick
Examples from the Web for sawn
Contemporary Examples of sawn
The hooves are sawn off, followed by the head, from which the tongue is removed.Central Park’s Carriages Saved This Horse
April 24, 2014
Historical Examples of sawn
It is sawn off at the proper length, square at one end and slanting at the other.In the Midst of Alarms
The best wood for this purpose is plane tree, because it may easily be sawn and polished, and is beautifully veined and spotted.
You have sworn to take my body, sawn in two, to Ben-Ihreddin?
The other bar was sawn on, the night the accident happened to the second sentry.Under Wellington's Command
G. A. Henty
This may be used as a templet for laying out the others and they can then be sawn separately.Handwork in Wood
- a past participle of saw 1
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- 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
strong past participle of saw (v.), attested from 1530s.
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.