jig·​saw | \ ˈjig-ˌsȯ How to pronounce jigsaw (audio) \

Definition of jigsaw

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


jigsawed; jigsawing; jigsaws

Definition of jigsaw (Entry 2 of 3)

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



Definition of jigsaw (Entry 3 of 3)

: suggesting a jigsaw puzzle or its separate pieces

Examples of jigsaw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When cleaning a jigsaw, removing the blade, or replacing the blade, take the time to unplug it from the power outlet or take out the battery to avoid accidental activation. Timothy Dale, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Aug. 2022 When using a jigsaw, wear closed-toe footwear, long pants, a long-sleeve shirt, safety glasses, gloves, a mask, and earplugs. Timothy Dale, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Aug. 2022 What keeps this from just being the neato cinematic equivalent of those Sixties pop-culture jigsaw puzzles, however, is how all this cataloguing of stuff starts to construct a vibe that eventually informs and opens up that kid’s adventure story. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 30 Mar. 2022 The shapes are cut with a jigsaw and computerized router, sanded by hand, and then finished with shellac. Richard Mertens, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Mar. 2022 At play are dueling personalities, perennial debates over economic development and law and order, and the rivalries between castes that make up the complex jigsaw of Uttar Pradesh politics. Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2022 But this burgeoning relationship is part of the wider jigsaw of realignment being witnessed in an ever-changing Middle East. Jomana Karadsheh And Eoin Mcsweeney, CNN, 14 Feb. 2022 Frankenthaler often used a jigsaw to cut shapes that were printed separately. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 10 Feb. 2022 Holding this jigsaw of interwoven parts together are new digital tools that are designing, balancing, and maintaining the whole structure. John Tough, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The transition from a team with three NBA talents to a squad jigsawed around Pritchard has had its ups and downs. Tyson Alger, OregonLive.com, 4 Jan. 2018 Taking care not to violate Supreme Court guidelines on minority representation, lawmakers jigsawed Texas into shapes that would decisively capture the state for the right. Michelle Legro, Longreads, 13 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Over billions of years this process has created a moon covered in what looks like jigsaw pieces. Shannon Stirone, Wired, 9 May 2020 My mother parceled out the sins of my father, like jigsaw pieces, spread out over too many years. Robin Antalek, Longreads, 22 Apr. 2020 Cutting at up to 3,300 strokes per minute, this jigsaw works through wood up to 4.25 inches thick and metal up to 3/8 inches thick. Popular Science, 17 Apr. 2020 The lawn is that bright-green ryegrass with brown jigsaw pieces where somebody sprayed ant poison. Lee Durkee, Harper's Magazine, 30 Mar. 2020 To properly satisfy, a twister's jigsaw pieces must be assembled with some care and precision. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2019 Along with jigsaw ice fields and scouring winds, Aston grappled with two months of solitude and self-doubt on her ground-breaking ski trip across Antarctica. Jen Rose Smith, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 Oct. 2019 The whole story of the issue is overseen by Immortal Hulk writer Al Ewing and editor Tom Brevoort, who can be trusted to turn such a jigsaw issue into a fascinating mystery. Christian Holub, EW.com, 2 Aug. 2019 Neanderthal jigsaw Past research had suggested that Neanderthals seemed to be genetically well mixed, interbreeding across Europe and into Asia. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, 26 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of jigsaw


1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1909, in the meaning defined above

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12 Sep 2022

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“Jigsaw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jigsaw. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for jigsaw


jig·​saw | \ ˈjig-ˌsȯ How to pronounce jigsaw (audio) \

Kids Definition of jigsaw

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

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