follow Dictionary.com

Hone in vs. home in? What's the difference?

buzz saw

noun
1.
a power-operated circular saw, so named because of the noise it makes.
Origin of buzz saw
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for buzz saw
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The water-wheel was turning swiftly and the millstone was whirling like a buzz saw.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • In her opinion, it sounded more like a buzz saw than anything else.

    The Tale of Jasper Jay Arthur Scott Bailey
  • They made it spin like a buzz saw an' got their clothes all wet.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • To a man up a tree it looks like yu are up agin a buzz saw this time.

    The Orphan Clarence E. Mulford
  • For instance, to put a guard on a buzz saw so that a workingman won't saw his hand instead of sawing the wood.

    Industrial Conspiracies Clarence S. Darrow
  • That sort of people always run up against a buzz saw for their pains.

    Atchoo! George Niblo
  • He wuz in a great hurry with his spring's work, and full of care about that buzz saw mill.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 4. Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
  • Occasionally something would go over me that sounded as though a buzz saw had been fired from a saw mill explosion.

  • Two drinks of gin makes a man or woman look as though they had swallowed a buzz saw.

    Peck's Bad Boy Abroad George W. Peck
British Dictionary definitions for buzz saw

buzz saw

noun
1.
(US & Canadian) a power-operated circular saw
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for buzz saw

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for buzz

24
26
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for buzz saw