There are 3 definitions of saw in English:

saw1

Syllabification: saw

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.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1A mechanical power-driven tool for cutting, typically with a toothed rotating disk or moving band.
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    • 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.

verb (past participle chiefly British sawn /sôn/ or chiefly North American sawed)

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  • 1Cut (something, especially wood or a tree) using a saw: the top of each post is sawed off at railing height [no object]: thieves escaped after sawing through iron bars on a basement window [as adjective, in combination]: (-sawn) rough-sawn planks
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    • Sanded and rough sawn plywood will develop surface checks, especially when exposed to moisture and sunlight.
    • Dust mask and goggles are necessary for work with all types of insulation, or when sawing wood.
    • If a supervisor spends eight hours of his nine-hour workday alongside a crew of carpenters, sawing wood and pounding nails with them, is he blue collar?
  • 1.1Make or form (something) using a saw: the seats are sawed from well-seasoned oak planks
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    • Because American oak is so much less porous than European, staves of American oak can simply be sawn from each quarter, so as to maximize the yield of each log.
  • 1.2Cut (something) as if with a saw, especially roughly or so as to leave rough or unfinished edges: the woman who sawed off all my lovely hair
  • 1.3 [no object] Make rapid sawlike motions in cutting something or in playing a stringed instrument: he was sawing away at the loaf of bread
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    • The track builds into a ringing guitar drone backed by the screeching sounds of Arne Ericsson sawing away at his electric-cello.
    • The invisible violins were currently sawing away at the frantic tune of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’.
    • The problem is that blokes in white jackets sawing away at violins just isn't televisual.

Derivatives

sawlike

adjective
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  • They're called ‘sawflies ‘because the adult female uses sawlike egg-laying organs to cut slits in year-old needles.’
  • Cuts must be delivered with a light touch, drawing the cutting edge of the blade back quickly in a sawlike motion.
  • A few years ago, a dentist I was seeing told me that I was brushing improperly in a sawlike motion and had caused slight damage to the gum surrounding one tooth.

Origin

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

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Pronunciation: kəːf
noun
a slit made by cutting with a saw

There are 3 definitions of saw in English:

saw2

Syllabification: saw

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There are 3 definitions of saw in English:

saw3

Syllabification: saw

noun

Origin

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

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