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 chain saw (audio) \ transitive verb

Examples of chain saw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The chain saw its employee turnover drop by more than 40%, according to CEO Kaleb Harrell. Austin Fuller,, 14 Sep. 2021 The Cajun Navy’s Facebook page Monday morning advised volunteer boat-owners to report to a nearby Days Inn to assist with water rescues and the chain saw teams working on the removal of road debris. Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2021 China is smoothing out the rough edges with a chain saw. New York Times, 27 Aug. 2021 Her father, Joel Coigney, who was visiting from Los Angeles, had spent the morning policing the grounds with a chain saw and now joined Ruffalo on the hill. New York Times, 10 Aug. 2021 An animated and slightly inaccurate (think George Washington, but with a chain saw) take on the American Revolution featuring Channing Tatum, Andy Samberg, Simon Pegg and more. Washington Post, 30 June 2021 Anyone with a chain saw and a ladder can call themselves a tree trimmer. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 The engine’s peak torque (406 lb-ft) lives between 2,350 and 5,500 rpm, at which point the car is revving like a diamond-toothed chain saw. Dan Neil, WSJ, 12 June 2021 Under the new rules, people are prohibited from using a tool with an internal combustion engine -- such as a chain saw -- on such lands in the state. Aya Elamroussi And Andy Rose, CNN, 12 June 2021

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First Known Use of chain saw

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chain saw was in 1920

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19 Sep 2021

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“Chain saw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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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