chain saw


Definition of chain saw

: a portable power saw that has teeth linked together to form an endless chain

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Other Words from chain saw

chainsaw \ ˈchān-​ˌsȯ How to pronounce chainsaw (audio) \ transitive verb

Examples of chain saw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each winter, when her father would have no work pouring concrete, her parents headed into the woods, Delaney’s mother measuring the logs and her father cutting them with a chain saw. Peter Kendall, Washington Post, "A warning from Wisconsin," 30 July 2020 The grocery chain saw an impressive uplift in revenue excluding fuel, growing it by 19.1% in the quarter ended May 23 from a year earlier. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, "Kroger Faces a Tough Crowd," 18 June 2020 The female then quickly left the area in the car with the chain saw. Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Villages Police Department weekly report," 4 May 2020 Dispute resolved Bill O’Coin received a new chain saw on Oct. 23, courtesy of Husqvarna, the Swedish manufacturer., "About a year ago, Tom O’Brien, at age 94, signed a 39-month lease on a new Chevrolet Trax SUV.," 31 Oct. 2019 Caruso wielded a chain saw mounted on an extendable pole and powered by a battery pack. Washington Post, "Pruning olive trees is a balance of art, lore and science," 1 May 2018 The display includes a mannequin topped with a military helmet that’s holding a rifle and chain saw, as well as a can of beer. Washington Post, "AM-Prep: Cooler Copy," 21 Jan. 2020 But the tree people worried this would set a precedent, tempting any moneybags developer to throw in an affordable unit or two and haul out the chain saw. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Save eight old trees? Or build more affordable housing? A D.C. development dilemma.," 19 Sep. 2019 By now her arms feel too exhausted to lift her chain saw, let alone make a cut. Mary Beth Mccauley, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Growing up is hard’: How Fifth Commandment guided a child during divorce," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of chain saw

1920, in the meaning defined above

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13 Aug 2020

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“Chain saw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chain saw

: a tool that cuts wood with a circular chain that is driven by a motor and made up of many connected sharp metal teeth

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Kids Definition of chain saw

: a portable saw that cuts using teeth that are linked together to form a continuous chain

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