jigsaw

A jigsaw is a sharp power tool that's used for cutting curvy lines in wood or other materials. While most saws can only cut in a straight line, a jigsaw makes it easier to cut complicated patterns and shapes.

If you were making a jigsaw puzzle out of wood, you'd use a jigsaw. In fact, this is where the "jigsaw puzzle," (which is also simply called a jigsaw), got its name. The original meaning comes from the word jig and its sense of "up and down motion," which describes the way a jigsaw moves as it cuts.

Definitions of jigsaw
  1. noun
    a portable power saw with a reciprocating blade; can be used with a variety of blades depending on the application and kind of cut; generally have a plate that rides on the surface that is being cut
    synonyms: reciprocating saw, saber saw
    see moresee less
    type of:
    power saw, saw, sawing machine
    a power tool for cutting wood
  2. noun
    fine-toothed power saw with a narrow blade; used to cut curved outlines
    synonyms: fretsaw, scroll saw
    see moresee less
    type of:
    power saw, saw, sawing machine
    a power tool for cutting wood
Word Family