musical saw


: a handsaw made to produce melody by bending the blade while sounding it with a hammer or violin bow

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That fall, the musical saw a boost in grosses, alongside other returning classics, but saw its box office fall that winter as the Omicron variant surged. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Sep. 2022 Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F. Breakfast with Enzo Drop in at anytime for two different sets of voice, accordion, guitar, banjo, jaw harp, ocarina, percussion and musical saw sing along fun for everyone. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 May 2018

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'musical saw.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of musical saw was in 1910

Dictionary Entries Near musical saw

Cite this Entry

“Musical saw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!