A saw is a tool that's used to cut wood. It can be a hand tool or a power tool, and it usually has either a blade or a disk with a jagged cutting edge.

The verb saw means to cut through wood or another material using a saw or other tool. If you are going to build a bookcase, you have to saw the wood into the proper lengths. It's a good idea to measure it twice so you only have to saw it once. When you're faced with a tough piece of meat, you might have to saw at it just to cut off a bite.

Primary Meanings of saw

hand tool having a toothed blade for cutting
cut with a saw
a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
Full Definitions of saw

n hand tool having a toothed blade for cutting

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bill, billhook
a long-handled saw with a curved blade
a saw that is set in a frame in the shape of an H; used with both hands to cut wood that is held in a sawbuck
crown saw
a saw having teeth around the edge of a hollow cylinder
folding saw
a saw with a toothed blade that folds into a handle (the way a pocketknife folds)
hack saw, hacksaw, metal saw
saw used with one hand for cutting metal
carpenter's saw, hand saw, handsaw
a saw used with one hand for cutting wood
lumberman's saw, two-handed saw, two-man saw, whipsaw
a saw with handles at both ends; intended for use by two people
back saw, backsaw
a handsaw that is stiffened by metal reinforcement along the upper edge
compass saw
a handsaw with a narrow triangular blade for cutting curves
coping saw
a handsaw with a taut thin blade; used for cutting small curves in wood
crosscut handsaw, crosscut saw, cutoff saw
handsaw that cuts at right angles to the grain (or major axis)
keyhole saw
a handsaw with a long narrow blade for cutting short radius curves; similar to a compass saw
a large two-handed saw formerly used to cut logs into planks; one man stood above the log and the other in a pit below
pruning saw
a handsaw used for pruning trees
ripsaw, splitsaw
a handsaw for cutting with the grain of the wood
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hand tool
a tool used with workers' hands

n a power tool for cutting wood

power saw, sawing machine
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band saw, bandsaw
an endless saw consisting of a toothed metal band that is driven around two wheels
chain saw, chainsaw
portable power saw; teeth linked to form an endless chain
buzz saw, circular saw
a power saw that has a steel disk with cutting teeth on the periphery; rotates on a spindle
a power saw that has several parallel blades making simultaneous cuts
fretsaw, jigsaw, scroll saw
fine-toothed power saw with a narrow blade; used to cut curved outlines
jigsaw, reciprocating saw, saber saw
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
a large sawing machine
portable circular saw, portable saw
a circular saw that is portable and is operated with a hand grip
table saw
a circular saw mounted under a table or bench so that the blade of the saw projects up through a slot
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power tool
a tool driven by a motor

v cut with a saw

saw wood for the fireplace”
saw with a whipsaw
Type of:
separate with or as if with an instrument

n a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people

adage, byword, proverb
Type of:
expression, locution, saying
a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations

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