chain saw

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Family Dollar chain saw same-store sales grow 4.1%. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 22 Nov. 2022 Firehouse chain saw same-store sales growth of 4.2% in the quarter. Trefis Team, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 Firehouse chain saw same-store sales growth of 4.2% in the quarter. Trefis Team, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 Firehouse chain saw same-store sales growth of 4.2% in the quarter. Trefis Team, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 Several regular volunteers who are chain saw certified took down some of the larger invasive species, while other volunteers moved them to burn piles. Bill Jones, Chicago Tribune, 30 Sep. 2022 Firehouse chain saw same-store sales growth of 4.2% in the quarter. Trefis Team, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 After assembling the scaffold, Stebbing had gotten to work, donning ear protectors and firing up his chain saw. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 The 65-year-old Lake Barrington resident was using a chain saw to carve up fallen tree limbs in her yard when another limb — longer than Dowd, who stands around 5-foot-5 — toppled from about 30 feet, crushing the left side of her body. Gavin Good, Chicago Tribune, 21 Aug. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chain%20saw. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

chain saw

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

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