American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A coarse-toothed saw used for cutting wood along the grain.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hand-saw the teeth of which have more rake and less set than a crosscut saw, used for cutting wood in the direction of the grain.
- n. woodworking A saw that is designed to cut wood along its grain, i.e. to rip.
- v. To cut with a ripsaw.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Carp.) A handsaw with coarse teeth which have but a slight set, used for cutting wood in the direction of the grain (the fiber); -- called also
- n. a handsaw for cutting with the grain of the wood
- rip + saw (Wiktionary)
“Jenny was still snoring, a sound like a ripsaw in wet timber.”
“The town of Aurora was besieged by the media, most of whom had all the sensitivity of a ripsaw.”
“There was a big neon sign on the roof that appeared to spin like a ripsaw blade.”
“He had seen its ripsaw-lined jaws move at the same time as his implanted translator had brought him the words.”
“Its torso was chopped half through, raggedly, as if a big dull ripsaw had been used on it while it wiggled.”
“Montgomery invited David Lee Haynes, a young lumberyard ripsaw operator from Louisville, Kentucky, and the son of an old friend, to come live at the cabin and tend the plants.”
“As Nicholas carried her bags up the stairs ripsaw snoring came from behind the door of the bedroom on the second landing, and she looked at Nicholas enquiringly.”
“Then it goes through a sander, it goes through a molder, it goes through a ripsaw, and the machine into certain parts and sizes.”
“It went on up and it went through a planer and the ripsaw people would rip it.”
“Jillian McIver had a voice like a ripsaw, but the harsh whine was music to Deke's ears about now.”
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