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jigsaw

noun jig·saw \ ˈjig-ˌsȯ \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of jigsaw

1 : scroll saw 2
2 : a light portable electric saw with a vertically reciprocating blade that is used especially for cutting curves

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First Known Use of jigsaw

1873


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jigsaw

verb

Definition of jigsaw

transitive verb
1 : to cut or form by or as if by a jigsaw
2 : to arrange or place in an intricate or interlocking way

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First Known Use of jigsaw

1873


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jigsaw

adjective

Definition of jigsaw

: suggesting a jigsaw puzzle or its separate pieces

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First Known Use of jigsaw

1909


JIGSAW Defined for English Language Learners

jigsaw

noun

Definition of jigsaw for English Language Learners

  • : a machine that has a narrow blade for cutting curved lines in thin pieces of wood, metal, plastic, etc.


JIGSAW Defined for Kids

jigsaw

noun jig·saw \ ˈjig-ˌsȯ \

Definition of jigsaw for Students

: a machine saw used to cut curved and irregular lines or openwork patterns


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