from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various tools, either hand-operated or power-driven, having a thin metal blade or disk with a sharp, usually toothed edge, used for cutting wood, metal, or other hard materials.
- transitive v. To cut or divide with a saw.
- transitive v. To produce or shape with a saw: sawed a hole in the board.
- transitive v. To make back-and-forth motions through or on: a speaker who saws the air with his arms.
- intransitive v. To use a saw: sawing along the chalk line.
- intransitive v. To undergo cutting with a saw: Pine wood saws easily.
- n. A familiar saying, especially one that has become trite through repetition. See Synonyms at saying.
- v. Past tense of see1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tool with a toothed blade used for cutting hard substances, in particular wood or metal
- n. A musical saw.
- n. A sawtooth wave.
- v. To cut (something) with a saw.
- v. To make a motion back and forth similar to cutting something with a saw.
- v. To be cut with a saw.
- n. Something spoken; speech, discourse.
- n. A saying or proverb.
- n. opinion, idea, belief; by thy ~, in your opinion; commune ~, common opinion; common knowledge; on no ~, by no means.
- n. proposal, suggestion; possibility.
- v. Simple past of see.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- imp. of see.
- n. Something said; speech; discourse.
- n. A saying; a proverb; a maxim.
- n. Dictate; command; decree.
- n. An instrument for cutting or dividing substances, as wood, iron, etc., consisting of a thin blade, or plate, of steel, with a series of sharp teeth on the edge, which remove successive portions of the material by cutting and tearing.
- transitive v. To cut with a saw; to separate with a saw.
- transitive v. To form by cutting with a saw.
- transitive v. Also used figuratively.
- intransitive v. To use a saw; to practice sawing.
- intransitive v. To cut, as a saw.
- intransitive v. To be cut with a saw.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cutting-tool consisting of a metal blade, band, or plate with the edge armed with cutting teeth, worked either by a reciprocating movement, as in a hand-saw, or by a continuous motion in one direction, as in a circular saw, a band-saw, and an annular saw.
- n. A saw-blade together with the handles or frame to which the blade is attached, as a hand-saw, wood-saw, or hack-saw.
- n. In zoology and comparative anatomy, a serrated formation or organ, or a serrated arrangement of parts of formations or organs.
- n. A sawing-machine, as a scroll-saw or jig-saw.
- n. The act of sawing or see-sawing; specifically, in whist [U. S.], same as see-saw, 3 .
- n. In surgery, a trephine.
- n. Particularly, a saw used by lumbermen for cutting logs from tree-trunks, having an edge slightly convex in the cutting-plane, a handle at each end projecting from and at right angles with the back in the plane of the blade, and teeth filed so that the saw cuts when drawn in either direction. It is operated by two workmen, one at each handle.
- n. (See also back-saw, band-saw, belt-saw, buzz-saw, center-saw, chain-saw, fret-saw, gang-saw, gig-saw, ice-saw, jig-saw, rabbet-saw, ring-saw, etc.)
- To cut or divide with a saw; cut in pieces with a saw.
- To form by cutting with a saw: as, to saw boards or planks (that is, to saw timber into boards or planks).
- To cut or cleave as with the motion of a saw.
- In bookbinding, to score or cut lightly through the folded edges of, as the gathered sections of a book, in four or five equidistant spaces.
- To use a saw; practise the use of a saw; cut with a saw.
- To be cut with a saw: as, the timber saws smoothly.
- n. A saying; speech; discourse; word.
- n. A proverbial saying; maxim; proverb.
- n. A tale; story; recital. Compare saga.
- n. A decree.
- n. Synonyms Axiom, Maxim, etc. See aphorism.
- n. Preterit of see.
- n. A Scotch form of salve.
- n. A keyhole saw; a saw which has a very narrow, thin blade, so that it can turn comers.
- n. A circular saw turning in a vertical plane or with its shaft horizontal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
- v. cut with a saw
- n. hand tool having a toothed blade for cutting
- n. a power tool for cutting wood
Middle English sawe, from Old English sagu.
Middle English sawe, from Old English sagu, speech.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English sawe, from Old English sagu, saga ("story, tale, saying, statement, report, narrative, tradition"), from Proto-Germanic *sagō, *sagōn (“saying, story”), from Proto-Indo-European *sekʷe-, *skʷē- (“to tell, talk”). Cognate with Dutch sage ("saga"), German Sage ("legend, saga, tale, fable"), Danish sagn ("legend"), Norwegian soga ("story"), Icelandic saga ("story, tale, history"). More at saga, say. (Wiktionary)
See see. (Wiktionary)