Definition of coping saw in English:

coping saw

Line breaks: cop¦ing saw


A saw with a very narrow blade stretched across a D-shaped frame, used for cutting curves in wood.
More example sentences
  • A coping saw has a c-shaped frame and a handle, which is turned to tighten a thin flexible blade.
  • Generally, use a handsaw or a circular saw to cut straight lines, a coping saw or a portable jigsaw to cut irregular lines.
  • These cuts can be easily made with a miter saw, and excess wood can be cut away with a coping saw.


1920s: coping from cope2, used to describe likeness to a vault, arch, canopy, etc..

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