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saw1

[saw] /sɔ/
noun
1.
a tool or device for cutting, typically a thin blade of metal with a series of sharp teeth.
2.
any similar tool or device, as a rotating disk, in which a sharp continuous edge replaces the teeth.
verb (used with object), sawed, sawed or sawn, sawing.
3.
to cut or divide with a saw.
4.
to form by cutting with a saw.
5.
to make cutting motions as if using a saw:
to saw the air with one's hands.
6.
to work (something) from side to side like a saw.
verb (used without object), sawed, sawed or sawn, sawing.
7.
to use a saw.
8.
to cut with or as if with a saw.
9.
to cut as a saw does.
Idioms
10.
saw wood, Informal. to snore loudly while sleeping.
Origin
1000
before 1000; (noun) Middle English sawe, Old English saga, *sagu; cognate with Dutch zaag, Old Norse sǫg; akin to German Säge saw, Latin secāre to cut (see section), Old English seax knife, sax2; (v.) Middle English sawen, derivative of the noun
Related forms
sawer, noun
sawlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for saw wood

saw1

/sɔː/
noun
1.
any of various hand tools for cutting wood, metal, etc, having a blade with teeth along one edge
2.
any of various machines or devices for cutting by use of a toothed blade, such as a power-driven circular toothed wheel or toothed band of metal
verb saws, sawing, sawed, sawed, sawn
3.
to cut with a saw
4.
to form by sawing
5.
to cut as if wielding a saw: to saw the air
6.
to move (an object) from side to side as if moving a saw
Derived Forms
sawer, noun
sawlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English sagu; related to Old Norse sog, Old High German saga, Latin secāre to cut, secūris axe

saw2

/sɔː/
verb
1.
the past tense of see1

saw3

/sɔː/
noun
1.
a wise saying, maxim, or proverb
Word Origin
Old English sagu a saying; related to saga

SAW

abbreviation
1.
surface acoustic wave
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Word Origin and History for saw wood

saw

n.

toothed cutting tool, Old English sagu, from Proto-Germanic *sago "a cutting tool" (cf. Old English seax "knife," Old Norse sög, Norwegian sag, Danish sav, Swedish såg, Middle Dutch saghe, Dutch zaag, Old High German saga, German Säge "saw"), from PIE root *sek- "to cut" (cf. Latin secare "to cut," Russian sech' "to cut;" see section (n.)).

"proverb, saying, maxim," Old English sagu "saying, discourse, speech, study, tradition, tale," from Proto-Germanic *saga-, *sagon- (cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch sage, zage, German Sage "legend, fable, saga, myth, tradition," Old Norse saga "story, tale, saga"), from PIE root *sek(w)- "to say, utter" (see say (v.)).

v.

past tense of see; from Old English plural sawon.

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Slang definitions & phrases for saw wood

saw wood

verb phrase
  1. To sleep, esp very soundly
  2. To snore

[1940s+; fr the sound of snoring]


saw

noun
  1. sawbuck (1940s+)
  2. he landlord of a rooming house (1950s+ Black)
Related Terms

double sawbuck


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Idioms and Phrases with saw wood

saw

see: old saw
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