crosscut saw


: a saw designed chiefly to cut across the grain of wood compare ripsaw

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web About two years later Spitzer and an assistant used a two-person crosscut saw to cut Potter’s frozen corpse into four sections, a preliminary step in an ongoing process that will take years. National Geographic, 13 Jan. 2023 Of course, the hewing was generally done with a broad ax, whereas the cutting down of trees and cutting up of firewood was done with a single- or double-bit ax (if no crosscut saw was available, which was usually the case until the late 1800s). Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 22 Dec. 2019 Heritage Festival World War II-era jeeps, weapons and memorabilia, archery and crosscut saw demonstrations, beekeeping demonstrations and information, the Early Grove String Band, crafts, and games. Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1645, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crosscut saw was in 1645

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“Crosscut saw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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