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 Rob Goins is 57, a former Marine and a lifelong Republican in a right-leaning jigsaw of golf courses, strip malls and gated retirement communities pieced together in the Arizona desert. Michael Wines, New York Times, 7 June 2021 Cut hardboard, plywood, or MDF pieces with a jigsaw to create decorative arches (use a template to ensure that all archers are the same). Jada Jackson, House Beautiful, 26 Apr. 2021 Cut the opening for a clamp head using a holesaw, then use a jigsaw to make a flat surface parallel to the sides. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 23 Jan. 2021 However, in the complicated jigsaw of Israeli politics, winning the support of an Arab party could alienate other Jewish parties, meaning would-be leaders might gain support from one direction only to lose it in another. NBC News, 5 Apr. 2021 Celebrate the day by pulling out a favorite jigsaw, or trying a crossword, Sudoku or brain teaser. Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2021 Many have turned to puzzles during the pandemic, so with National Puzzle Day set for Jan. 29, the Center invites people to exercise their brains with a crossword jigsaw or Sudoku puzzle. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 19 Jan. 2021 Near the beginning of 2019, Eureka Puzzles bought the jigsaw from Ravensburger, a German puzzlemaker, to add to its collection of more than 5,000 items. Kyle Melnick Washington Post, Star Tribune, 16 Oct. 2020 But in reconstructing the tectonic jigsaw and tracking where fossils have been uncovered, paleontologists have found dinosaurs that lived near both the northern and southern poles at different times. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Dec. 2020 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

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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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20 Jun 2021

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“Jigsaw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jigsaw. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of jigsaw

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


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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