What does saw mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. proverb, adage, saw, byword(noun)

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

  2. saw(noun)

    hand tool having a toothed blade for cutting

  3. power saw, saw, sawing machine(verb)

    a power tool for cutting wood

  4. saw(verb)

    cut with a saw

    "saw wood for the fireplace"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Saw

    imp. of See

  2. Saw(verb)

    something said; speech; discourse

  3. Saw(verb)

    a saying; a proverb; a maxim

  4. Saw(verb)

    dictate; command; decree

  5. Saw(noun)

    an instrument for cutting or dividing substances, as wood, iron, etc., consisting of a thin blade, or plate, of steel, with a series of sharp teeth on the edge, which remove successive portions of the material by cutting and tearing

  6. Saw(verb)

    to cut with a saw; to separate with a saw; as, to saw timber or marble

  7. Saw(verb)

    to form by cutting with a saw; as, to saw boards or planks, that is, to saw logs or timber into boards or planks; to saw shingles; to saw out a panel

  8. Saw(verb)

    also used figuratively; as, to saw the air

  9. Saw(verb)

    to use a saw; to practice sawing; as, a man saws well

  10. Saw(verb)

    to cut, as a saw; as, the saw or mill saws fast

  11. Saw(verb)

    to be cut with a saw; as, the timber saws smoothly

  12. Saw

    of See

  13. Origin: [OE. sawe, AS. sagu; akin to secgan to say. See Say, v. t. and cf. Saga.]


  1. Saw

    A saw is a tool consisting of a hard blade, wire, or chain with a toothed edge. It is used to cut through relatively hard material, most often wood. The cut is made by placing the toothed edge against the material and moving it forcefully back and forth. This force may be applied by hand, or powered by steam, water, electricity or other power source. An abrasive saw has a powered circular blade designed to cut through metal.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Saw

    saw, pa.t. of see.

  2. Saw

    saw, n. an instrument for cutting, formed of a blade, band, or disc of thin steel, with a toothed edge.—v.t. to cut with a saw.—v.i. to use a saw: to be cut with a saw:—pa.t. sawed; pa.p. sawed or sawn.—ns. Saw′-back, the larva of an American bombycid moth; Saw′-bones, a slang name for a surgeon; Saw′dust, dust or small pieces of wood, &c., made in sawing; Saw′er; Saw′-file, a three-cornered file used for sharpening the teeth of saws; Saw′-fish, a genus of cartilaginous fishes distinguished by the prolongation of the snout into a formidable weapon bordered on each side by sharp teeth; Saw′-fly, the common name of a number of hymenopterous insects, injurious to plants; Saw′-frame, the frame in which a saw is set; Saw′-grass, a marsh plant of the southern states of the American Union, with long slender leaves; Saw′-horn, any insect with serrate antennæ; Saw′mill, a mill for sawing timber; Saw′pit, a pit where wood is sawed; Saw′-set, an instrument for turning the teeth of saws alternately right and left; Saw′-sharp′ener, the greater titmouse; Saw′-tā′ble, the platform of a sawing-machine; Saw′-tem′pering, the process by which the requisite hardness and elasticity are given to a saw.—adj. Saw′-toothed, having teeth like those of a saw: (bot.) having tooth-like notches, as a leaf.—ns. Saw′-whet, the Acadian owl; Saw′-whet′ter, the marsh titmouse; Saw′yer, one who saws timber: a stranded tree in a river in America: any wood-boring larva: the bowfin fish. [A.S. saga; Ger. säge.]

  3. Saw

    saw, n. a saying: a proverb: a degree: a joke. [A.S. sagusecgan, to say.]

  4. Saw

    saw, n. (Scot.) salve.

Editors Contribution

  1. saw

    A tool used to cut something with.

    A saw is used for many purposes and is created in many different forms, hand tool, power tool etc.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 8, 2015  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'saw' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #327

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'saw' in Written Corpus Frequency: #450

How to pronounce saw?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of saw in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of saw in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of saw in a Sentence

  1. Gary Craven:

    She saw too much.

  2. The Mexican Foreign Ministry:

    I saw my daughter.

  3. Jenny Howe:

    All I saw was joy.

  4. Ingeborg Oswald:

    No one ever saw him.

  5. Ben Carson on Monday:

    I saw the film of it.

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