Main definitions of saw in English

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Pronunciation /sô/ /sɔ/

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noun

  • 1A hand tool for cutting wood or other materials, typically with a long, thin serrated steel blade and operated using a backward and forward movement.

    ‘Mark the cut line on the board and position the saw with its blade on the line.’
    • ‘Pruning saws have narrower blades with coarse teeth that are designed to cut on the pull stroke.’
    • ‘Some grout saws have teeth, others have abrasive coatings on the blade.’
    • ‘Jacob awoke on a cold morning to an unending beeping and a sound only comparable to a saw cutting wood.’
    • ‘A pruning saw with a curved blade that's narrow at the tip will help you get into tight spaces.’
    • ‘A contractor saw or a hybrid saw of good quality suits the needs of most woodworkers.’
    • ‘Perforated hardboard hung on the wall behind or near a workbench gives you a great way to store saws, chisels and the like, because it's so easy to rearrange the various hooks and holders.’
    • ‘Small hand bowsaws or pruning saws may be suitable for small operations.’
    • ‘There are various types of saws: keyhole, coping, hack, and hand.’
    • ‘Mark the opening for the niche, and cut it out with a sharp utility knife or a wallboard saw.’
    • ‘Going in with a pruning saw to undo a decade or more of overgrowth in one shot can be disastrous to an old tree.’
    • ‘It helps to wrap an elastic cord around the whole bunch and use a saw to cut the old stems below the cord.’
    • ‘To cut quickly and safely, saws must be sharpened often.’
    • ‘The study, involving more than 14,000 Utah students, noted that nearly 89 percent of these accidents involved the use of equipment such as table saws, band saws and other saws.’
    • ‘We all probably already know that sharp tools like saws and knives are needed to carve pumpkins and that taking precautions when using the tools is a necessity.’
    • ‘Most tile stores sell grout saws, an inexpensive tool with a wooden or plastic handle and a tip covered with carbide grit.’
    • ‘He found a number of small cutting tools and what he believed was a bone saw.’
    • ‘Many were idle now, but some still turned, and it didn't need a good ears to hear the sounds of hammers, saws, chisels, and other tools coming from the large brick buildings clustered about them.’
    • ‘Also on display were his tools - a hammer, saws and knives - whose whittled handles bear elaborate designs and whose blades are made from scrap metal.’
    • ‘There were saws and a small ax in Thad's tool chest that luckily was in a closet and not left in the truck.’
    1. 1.1A mechanical power-driven tool for cutting, typically with a toothed rotating disk or moving band.
      ‘It's a super-modern sawmill with huge mechanical saws controlled by computers.’
      • ‘Use of power drills or saws should be avoided if they are likely to come into contact with high-infectivity tissue.’
      • ‘Instead, the company has focused on repeatedly modernizing its production facilities with tools such as computer-controlled, laser-guided saws.’
      • ‘One of the more popular saws for harvesting is a power driven circular saw mounted on the end of a wand or boom.’
      • ‘The saw was also equipped with a mechanism for tightening and tracking the blade.’
      • ‘Most power saws made today have ports that can attach to vacuum tubing.’
      • ‘Remember that cutting this product - especially with power saws - produces a fine dust with microscopic fibers in it, so it's imperative that you wear both a respirator and goggles.’
      • ‘You can't expect good results using the standard blades that come with most saws.’
      • ‘These saws have a full cabinet that contains the motor and are the largest, heaviest and most expensive of the table saw models.’
      • ‘In addition, he claims that he was required to operate machinery with moving parts including band saw blades and cut saws, work which can be very difficult and which is potentially dangerous.’
      • ‘Brick saws also utilize a water-cooled, diamond-tipped circular blade, but the blade and the motor are mounted overhead in a pivoting frame.’
      • ‘Some types of saws utilize a blade that is coupled directly to the motor, which cuts down on weight and cost but typically reduces the amount of torque generated.’
      • ‘With a combination blade in your saw, set the depth of cut just to cut through the sheathing.’
      • ‘Hold the base plate, or shoe, of the saw against the board to be sure the blade is lined up with the line.’
      • ‘Speed boats raced through the waves making a pattern of sound similar to a chain saw cutting through tough wood.’
      • ‘If you don't own a miter saw, rent one.’
      • ‘In addition, the noise from electric saws frightens away the fauna for miles around, emptying the forest of life.’
      • ‘Since you cannot score and crack it like ceramic tiles, your best bet is to rent a wet saw.’
      • ‘The parallel blades of a gang saw may take a week to slice through one granite block.’
    2. 1.2Zoology A serrated organ or part, such as the toothed snout of a sawfish.

verbBritish sawn, North American sawed

  • 1with object Cut (something) using a saw.

    ‘the top of each post is sawed off at railing height’
    • ‘thieves escaped after sawing through iron bars on a window’
    1. 1.1Make or form (something) using a saw.
      • ‘the seats are sawn from well-seasoned elm planks’
    2. 1.2Cut (something) as if with a saw, especially roughly or so as to leave rough or unfinished edges.
      • ‘the woman sawed off all my lovely hair’
  • 2no object Make rapid to-and-fro motions in cutting something or in playing a stringed instrument.

    • ‘he was sawing away energetically at the loaf’

Phrasal Verbs

    saw off
    Canadian
    • (of two or more people) compromise by making concessions to one another.

      • ‘they sawed off over wages and concluded the deal’

Origin

Old English saga, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zaag.

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noun

  • A proverb or maxim.

    ‘it is worth bearing in mind another old saw “oppositions do not win elections; governments lose them”’
    • ‘Their power is absolute, and, as the old saw has it, absolute power corrupts absolutely.’
    • ‘More broadly, though, history teaches that the old saw is correct - shares do offer the best returns in the long run.’
    • ‘According to the old saw, a language is a dialect with an army and a navy.’
    • ‘But you may recall I packed a late lunch and, as the old saw goes, time waits for no one.’
    • ‘Don't believe the old saw that you can't be out and still be a mover and shaker in Hollywood.’
    • ‘The old saw that champagne goes right to your head has been proven to be true.’
    • ‘Whether or not they like current expressions of democracy, I think it would be fair to say that most people agree with this old saw.’
    saying, maxim, proverb, aphorism, axiom, adage, motto, epigram, dictum, gnome
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Origin

Old English sagu ‘a saying, speech’, of Germanic origin; related to German Sage, also to say and saga.

Pronunciation

saw

/sô/ /sɔ/