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jigsaw

[jig-saw] /ˈdʒɪgˌsɔ/
noun
1.
Also, jig saw. an electric machine saw with a narrow blade mounted vertically in a frame, for cutting curves or other difficult lines or patterns.
verb (used with object), jigsawed, jigsawed or jigsawn, jigsawing.
2.
to cut or form with a jigsaw.
adjective
3.
formed by or as if by a jigsaw:
jigsaw ornamentation.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; jig2 + saw1
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British Dictionary definitions for jig saw

jigsaw

/ˈdʒɪɡˌsɔː/
noun
1.
a mechanical saw with a fine steel blade for cutting intricate curves in sheets of material
2.
Word Origin
C19: from jig (to jerk up and down rapidly) + saw1
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Word Origin and History for jig saw

jigsaw

n.

also jig-saw, "vertical reciprocating saw," 1855, American English, from jig with its notion of "rapid up-and-down motion" + saw (n.1). Jigsaw puzzle first recorded 1906; originally one with pieces cut by a jigsaw.

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