handsaw

noun

hand·​saw ˈhan(d)-ˌsȯ How to pronounce handsaw (audio)
: a usually unpowered saw designed to be used with one hand

Examples of handsaw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Work alongside Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s Department of Native Landscapes Team to remove Asian Bush Honeysuckle, an aggressive invasive species, along Fall Creek Trail with handsaws and following with herbicide application. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Apr. 2024 So far, crews brandishing chain saws and handsaws have cleared 120 square miles over the past three years, with a similar area yet to be razed. Katharine Houreld, Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2024 Inside the containers — most of them were secured with metal locks about the size and shape of a corkscrew that easily succumbed to his bolt cutters or mechanized handsaw — the items were varied and plentiful: TVs, beer, clothing, makeup, shoes, electric bicycles, hard drives, tablets. Malia Wollan, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2024 How to make a big splash with a small garden Prune it To ensure your little tree stays little, prune it twice a year using pruning shears, a small handsaw and loppers. Nevin Martell, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2023 In January, authorities also recovered a hatchet, handsaw, rug, and bloody trash bag at a trash site believed to be connected to Ana's disappearance. Tristan Balagtas, Peoplemag, 3 May 2023 Chilling Details Emerge at Brian Walshe's Court Appearance: 'How Long Before a Body Starts to Smell' In January, authorities also recovered a hatchet, handsaw, rug, and bloody trash bag at a trash site believed to be connected to Ana's disappearance. Tristan Balagtas, Peoplemag, 3 May 2023 With a small handsaw, Ntikha trims some bamboo twigs down to size. Evan Ackerman, IEEE Spectrum, 28 May 2019 Cut these with a handsaw. Paul Steiner, Popular Mechanics, 24 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of handsaw was in the 14th century

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“Handsaw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handsaw. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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handsaw

noun
hand·​saw ˈhan(d)-ˌsȯ How to pronounce handsaw (audio)
: a saw designed to be used with one hand

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