hand·​saw | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌsȯ How to pronounce handsaw (audio) \

Definition of handsaw

: a usually unpowered saw designed to be used with one hand

Examples of handsaw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If propagating plants already in your yard, such as birds of paradise, use a small handsaw or sharp knife to cut at the base of the plant. Jasmin Perez, Sunset Magazine, "3 Easy Way to Freshen Up Your Yard, Without Spending Money," 5 May 2020 Expecting to work as a bartender, Mr. Jacomo ended up building some of the restaurant’s booths with plywood and a handsaw. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Tommy Jacomo, executive director of D.C. power lunch institution the Palm, dies at 75," 8 Mar. 2020 Use a handsaw or jigsaw to cut through the last bit of wood to free the waste piece. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build Stairs in 3 Easy Steps," 11 Jan. 2020 All the crew really needed was a handsaw in order to safely emerge in the bathroom of a neighboring jewelry store within minutes. Geoff Manaugh, The Atlantic, "The Rise and Fall of an All-Star Crew of Jewel Thieves," 17 Dec. 2019 His father gave him an old handsaw, which was likely the genesis of his woodworking hobby in later years. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 11/13," 13 Nov. 2019 Most tools—handsaw, chisel, drill, etc—can live under the kitchen sink alongside a toolbox full of screwdrivers. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Joy and Agony of Woodworking in a Tiny Apartment," 10 Mar. 2017 Though Annie cut the pipes herself using a miter saw, a handsaw will also work. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Give Your Neighbors the Creeps With Oversized Spider Halloween Decor," 5 Oct. 2018 Use a utility knife or handsaw to cut out window-size slabs of drywall. Popular Mechanics, "10 Survival Skills You Need To Know," 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of handsaw

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2020

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“Handsaw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handsaw. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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: a saw designed to be used with one hand

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