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1 [saw]
a tool or device for cutting, typically a thin blade of metal with a series of sharp teeth.
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.
to cut or divide with a saw.
to form by cutting with a saw.
to make cutting motions as if using a saw: to saw the air with one's hands.
to work (something) from side to side like a saw.
verb (used without object), sawed, sawed or sawn, sawing.
to use a saw.
to cut with or as if with a saw.
to cut as a saw does.
saw wood, Informal. to snore loudly while sleeping.

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

sawer, noun
sawlike, adjective Unabridged
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saw1 (sɔː)
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
vb , 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
[Old English sagu; related to Old Norse sog, Old High German saga, Latin secāre to cut, secūris axe]

saw2 (sɔː)
the past tense of see

saw3 (sɔː)
a wise saying, maxim, or proverb
[Old English sagu a saying; related to saga]

abbreviation for
surface acoustic wave

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Word Origin & History

"cutting tool," O.E. sagu, from P.Gmc. *sago "a cutting tool" (cf. O.E. seax "knife," O.N. sõg, Norw. sag, Dan. sav, M.Du. saghe, Du. zaag, O.H.G. saga, Ger. Säge "saw"), from PIE base *sak-/*sek- "to cut" (cf. L. secare "to cut," Rus. sech' "to cut;" see
section). The verb is attested from early 13c.; strong conjugation began 15c. on model of draw, etc. Sawbones "surgeon" is 1837 slang; sawdust is 1520s; sawhorse recorded from 1778; sawfish first attested 1660s. The personal name Sawyer is attested from mid-13c. (cf. lawyer). Sawed-off "short, cut short" is attested 1887 of persons, 1898 of shotguns.

"proverb," O.E. sagu "saying, discourse, speech," from P.Gmc. *saga-, *sagon- (cf. M.L.G., M.Du. sage, zage, Ger. sage "legend, fable, saga, myth, tradition," O.N. saga "story, tale, saga") from the root of O.E. secgan "say" (see say).
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