There are 3 definitions of saw in English:

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noun

1A hand tool for cutting wood or other hard materials, typically with a long, thin serrated blade and operated using a backwards and forwards 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 which has a toothed rotating disc 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.
1.2 Zoology A serrated organ or part, such as the toothed snout of a sawfish.

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

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1 [with object] Cut (something) using a saw: the top of each post is sawn off at railing height [no object]: thieves escaped after sawing through iron bars on a window
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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 sawn from well-seasoned elm 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, or in playing a stringed instrument: he was sawing away energetically at the loaf
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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.
2 [no object] (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.

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.

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There are 3 definitions of saw in English:

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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’
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  • 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.
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Origin

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

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