Saw

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English

Noun

Saw (plural Saws)
  1. A tool with a toothed blade used for cutting hard substances, in particular wood or metal
  2. A musical saw.

Derived terms

Verb

Saw (third-person singular simple present saws, present participle sawing, simple past sawed, past participle sawed or sawn)

  1. (transitive) To cut (something) with a saw.
  2. (intransitive) To make a motion back and forth similar to cutting something with a saw.
    The fiddler sawed away at his instrument.

Related terms

Noun

Saw (plural Saws)
  1. (obsolete) Something spoken; speech, discourse.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book V:
      And for thy trew sawys, and I may lyve many wynters, there was never no knyght better rewardid [...].
  2. (often old saw) A saying or proverb.

Synonyms

Verb

saw

  1. Simple past of see.

Thesaurus

Vandyke edge, adage, amputate, ana, analects, aphorism, apothegm, ax, axiom, backsaw, band saw, belt saw, bisect, bow, bow saw, bucksaw, butcher, buzz saw, byword, carve, catchword, chain saw, chop, circular saw, cleave, cockscomb, collected sayings, compass saw, coping saw, cordwood saw, crenation, crenelation, crenulation, crest, crosscut saw, current saying, cut, cut away, cut in two, cut off, deckle edge, denticulation, dentil, dentil band, diamond saw, dichotomize, dictate, dictum, dissever, distich, dogtooth, double-cut saw, dovetail saw, epigram, excise, expression, fiddle, fissure, frame saw, fretsaw, gash, gnome, golden saying, hack, hacksaw, halve, handsaw, helicoidal saw, hew, incise, jigsaw, keyhole saw, lance, maxim, meat saw, mill saw, moral, mot, motto, notching, oracle, panel saw, pare, phrase, pit saw, pithy saying, play violin, portable saw, power saw, precept, prescript, proverb, proverbial saying, proverbs, prune, pruning saw, rend, rickrack, ripsaw, rive, rock saw, saw knife, saw machine, saw teeth, saying, scallop, scissor, scrape, scribe saw, scroll saw, sentence, sententious expression, serration, sever, slash, slice, slit, sloka, snip, split, splitsaw, stock saying, sunder, sutra, table saw, teaching, tear, text, two-handed saw, verse, vertical saw, whipsaw, whittle, wire saw, wisdom, wisdom literature, wise saying, witticism, wood saw, word, words of wisdom

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

File:Crosscut saw.JPG
A saw—a tool

Old English saga. Cognate with Dutch zaag.

Etymology 2

From Middle English sawe, from Old English sagu, saga (story, tale, saying, statement, report, narrative, tradition), from Proto-Germanic *sagō, *sagōn (saying, story), from Proto-Indo-European *sekʷe-, *skʷē- (to tell, talk). Cognate with Dutch sage (saga), German Sage (legend, saga, tale, fable), Danish sagn (legend), Norwegian soga (story), Icelandic saga (story, tale, history). More at saga, say.

Etymology 3

See see.

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Kurdish

Noun

Saw

  1. terror
  2. horror

Scots

Verb

saw

  1. (South Scots) Simple past of sei.
  2. (N. & C. Scots) Simple past of see.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /sa/ (Doric & most Southern Scots dialects)
  • IPA: /sɔ/ (Central & some Southern Scots dialects)