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scroll saw

noun
  1. a narrow saw mounted vertically in a frame and operated with an up-and-down motion, used for cutting curved ornamental designs.
  2. such a saw mounted in a power-driven machine.
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Origin of scroll saw

First recorded in 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for scroll saw

Historical Examples

  • A scroll-saw, with directions to use it, for a piece of zinc and tin ore.

    Harper's Young People, June 7, 1881

    Various

  • If you have a bow-saw or scroll-saw, it will save much time in shaping the outlines, or you can have them sawed at the mill.

    Woodworking for Beginners

    Charles Gardner Wheeler

  • A boy who has a scroll-saw may earn a little income for himself, if he is industrious, in his play-time.

  • So he went back to the white canoe, and paddled away up the river, and nobody in Scroll-Saw City ever set eyes on him again.

  • A new Rogers scroll-saw (foot-power), for a good bow and arrows, or a stamp collection.


British Dictionary definitions for scroll saw

scroll saw

noun
  1. a saw with a narrow blade for cutting intricate ornamental curves in wood
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