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[jig-saw] /ˈdʒɪgˌsɔ/
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.
to cut or form with a jigsaw.
formed by or as if by a jigsaw:
jigsaw ornamentation.
Origin of jigsaw
1870-75; jig2 + saw1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for jigsaw
  • If this addition is accepted, then all the pieces of the cosmological jigsaw puzzle will fit together.
  • jigsaw types have in mind an overall picture and are open to bits being taken out, moved around or abandoned should they not fit.
  • In one episode, two children played a game with a jigsaw puzzle as big as they were.
  • Before that, his only hint of precocity had been his authoritative war with jigsaw puzzles.
  • Matching proteins is a painstaking process, equivalent to piecing together a complex jigsaw puzzle.
  • As in working a jigsaw puzzle, the first pieces had been the slowest to fit into place.
  • And the jigsaw plots forced flexibility in storytelling.
  • Put your home at the center of this made-to-order jigsaw.
  • Take a tea break with a customizable jigsaw puzzle-easy or difficult, it's your choice.
  • Time yourself and challenge your friends to solve these jigsaw puzzles inspired by ocean creatures big and small.
British Dictionary definitions for jigsaw


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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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