saw

Definition of saw

 (Entry 1 of 4)

past tense of see

saw

noun (1)
\ ˈsȯ How to pronounce saw (audio) \

Definition of saw (Entry 2 of 4)

: a hand or power tool or a machine used to cut hard material (such as wood, metal, or bone) and equipped usually with a toothed blade or disk

saw

verb
sawed\ ˈsȯd How to pronounce saw (audio) \; sawed or sawn\ ˈsȯn How to pronounce saw (audio) \; sawing\ ˈsȯ(-​)iŋ How to pronounce saw (audio) \

Definition of saw (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to cut with a saw
2 : to produce or form by cutting with a saw
3 : to slash as though with a saw

intransitive verb

1a : to use a saw
b : to cut with or as if with a saw
2 : to undergo cutting with a saw
3 : to make motions as though using a saw sawed at the reins

saw

noun

Definition of saw (Entry 4 of 4)

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Other Words from saw

Noun (1)

sawlike \ ˈsȯ-​ˌlīk How to pronounce saw (audio) \ adjective

Verb

sawer \ ˈsȯ(-​ə)r How to pronounce saw (audio) \ noun

Examples of saw in a Sentence

Verb He sawed the boards in half. This blade is too dull for sawing.

First Known Use of saw

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for saw

Noun (1)

Middle English sagh, sawe, going back to Old English sagu (strong feminine noun), going back to Germanic *sagō (whence also Middle Dutch sage "saw," Old High German saga, Old Icelandic sǫg) beside *segō (whence Middle Dutch sege "saw," Old High German sega), noun derivatives from a dialectal Indo-European verbal base *sek- "cut," whence also Middle Irish tescaid "(s/he) cuts, severs" (regularized from a presumed verb doˑesc, perhaps from *to-eks-sk-), Latin secō, secāre "to cut, sever, make an incision," Old Church Slavic sěkǫ, sěšti "to cut down, fell, hew," Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian sijèčēm, sjȅći "to cut, chop, hew"

Note: The base *sek- is peculiar to northwest (or European) Indo-European, being attested in Celtic, Italic, Germanic, and Slavic; *sek- is perhaps ultimately the same base as *skeh2-, *skh2- "cut open, flay"; see etymology and note at science.

Verb

Middle English sawen, derivative of sawe saw entry 2

Noun

Middle English sawe, from Old English sagu discourse; akin to Old High German & Old Norse saga tale, Old English secgan to say — more at say entry 1

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“Saw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saw. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for saw

saw

verb

English Language Learners Definition of saw

: to cut or shape (wood, metal, etc.) with a saw

saw

Kids Definition of saw

 (Entry 1 of 4)

past tense of see

saw

noun
\ ˈsȯ How to pronounce saw (audio) \

Kids Definition of saw (Entry 2 of 4)

: a tool or machine with a blade having sharp teeth that is used for cutting hard material (as wood or metal)

saw

verb
sawed; sawed or sawn\ ˈsȯn \; sawing

Kids Definition of saw (Entry 3 of 4)

: to cut or shape with a saw

saw

noun

Kids Definition of saw (Entry 4 of 4)

: a common saying : proverb

saw

Medical Definition of saw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past of see

saw

noun
\ ˈsȯ How to pronounce saw (audio) \

Medical Definition of saw (Entry 2 of 2)

: a hand or power tool used to cut hard material (as bone) and equipped usually with a toothed blade or disk

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