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

Definition of handsaw

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

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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 Cut lateral roots carefully with a handsaw so that the soil ball will remain intact. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "Wintercreeper easy to root from cuttings," 19 Jan. 2018 Police responded shortly before midnight Oct. 28 to a domestic violence call in which a live-in boyfriend threatened to cut his girlfriend’s neck with a handsaw. Darryl Enriquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "West Allis Police Report: Grandmother cited for allowing child to choose toy to shoplift," 31 Oct. 2017 Bob and Sarah had to bushwhack around numerous logs across the trail or cut them with handsaws. Cindy Chojnacky, idahostatesman, "70 days in the wilderness: Idaho couple explores Central Idaho with llamas | Idaho Statesman," 30 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of handsaw

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of handsaw

: a saw designed to be used with one hand

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