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saw

Definition of saw

  1. past of see




2

saw

play
noun \ˈsȯ\

Definition of saw

  1. :  a hand or power tool or a machine used to cut hard material (as wood, metal, or bone) and equipped usually with a toothed blade or disk

saw·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective


Origin of saw

Middle English sawe, from Old English sagu; akin to Old High German sega saw, Latin secare to cut


First Known Use: before 12th century

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Rhymes with saw


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saw

verb

Simple Definition of saw

  • : to cut or shape (wood, metal, etc.) with a saw

Full Definition of saw

sawed play \ˈsȯd\ sawed or sawn play \ˈsȯn\ saw·ing play \ˈsȯ(-)iŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cut with a saw

  3. 2 :  to produce or form by cutting with a saw

  4. 3 :  to slash as though with a saw

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1a :  to use a sawb :  to cut with or as if with a saw

  7. 2 :  to undergo cutting with a saw

  8. 3 :  to make motions as though using a saw <sawed at the reins>

saw·er play \ˈsȯ(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of saw

  1. He sawed the boards in half.

  2. This blade is too dull for sawing.



13th Century

First Known Use of saw

13th century

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saw

noun

Definition of saw



Origin of saw

Middle English sawe, from Old English sagu discourse; akin to Old High German & Old Norse saga tale, Old English secgan to say — more at say


First Known Use: before 12th century



SAW Defined for Kids

1

saw

play

Definition of saw

  1. past of see




2

saw

play
noun \ˈsȯ\

Definition of saw

  1. :  a tool or machine with a blade having sharp teeth that is used for cutting hard material (as wood or metal)




3

saw

play
verb

Definition of saw

sawedsawed or sawn \ˈsȯn\saw·ing

  1. :  to cut or shape with a saw




4

saw

play
noun

Definition of saw

  1. :  a common saying :  proverb





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