chain saw


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

Examples of chain saw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was another noise in the distance, the sharp, piercing sound of a chain saw. Emily Harnett, Harper's Magazine, 24 Apr. 2024 Lehighton Borough police and later state police responded to an active assault incident Monday in Carbon County, in which a man attacked another man using a knife and a chain saw. Rebecca Cohen, NBC News, 29 Mar. 2024 From sharpshooters, the researchers next turned their attention to cicadas, the winged insects that can make mating sounds as loud as a motorcycle or a chain saw. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Mar. 2024 In mid-October, Vale started cutting the branch with a 20-inch chain saw. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 24 Dec. 2023 Another popular online figure who works outdoors is Adam Perry, a tree trimmer in England, who has racked up 245,000 followers on Instagram by posting videos of himself scaling trees with a chain saw and tying knots with names like double Portuguese bowline and clove hitch. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, 28 Oct. 2023 When homeowners spy dead or dying trees in their yard, the typical reaction is to bring out the heavy artillery: a chain saw followed in short order by a woodchipper and a stump grinder. Monica Cardoza, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2023 Bobby Lewis, 62, worked with his chain saw to clear a tree blocking Furniss Avenue, just a couple of blocks from the Goodwill store. Mike Cason |, al, 12 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chain saw was in 1920

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“Chain saw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

chain saw

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

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