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compass saw

noun, Carpentry.
a small handsaw with a narrow, tapering blade for cutting curves of small radii; whipsaw.
Compare keyhole saw.
Origin of compass saw
1670-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The compass-saw shown at Fig. 107 is used for general purposes, but is not so necessary as the back saw.

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
  • The keyhole-saw, which is even smaller than the compass-saw, is used for cutting quicker curves, as for a keyhole.

    Woodworking for Beginners Charles Gardner Wheeler
British Dictionary definitions for compass-saw

compass saw

a hand saw with a narrow tapered blade for making a curved cut
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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