American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that is employed in sawing wood.
- n. Any of several long-horned beetles of the genus Monochamus having larvae that bore large holes in living or dead wood.
- n. See snag. See Regional Note at preacher.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One whose employment is the sawing of timber into planks or boards, or the sawing of wood for fuel.
- n. A tree swept along by the current of a river with its branches above water, or, more commonly, a stranded tree, continually raised and depressed by the force of the current (whence the name). The sawyers in the Missouri and the Mississippi are a danger to navigation, and frequently sink boats which collide with them.
- n. See top-sawyer.
- n. In entomology, any wood-boring larva, especially of a longicorn beetle, as Oncideres cingulatus, which cuts off twigs and small branches; a girdler. The orange sawyer is the larva of Elaphidion inerme. See cuts under hickory-girdler and Elaphidion.
- n. The bowfin, a fish. See Amia, and cut under Amiidæ.
- n. In New Zealand, a large wingless locustid, Deinacrida heteracantha or D. megacephala. Called by the natives weta-punga or weta.
- n. One who saws timber, especially in a sawpit.
- n. US A large trunk of a tree brought down by the force of a river's current
- n. A beetle that lives and feeds on trees, including timber.
- n. US, dialect The bowfin.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One whose occupation is to saw timber into planks or boards, or to saw wood for fuel; a sawer.
- n. U.S. A tree which has fallen into a stream so that its branches project above the surface, rising and falling with a rocking or swaying motion in the current.
- n. (Zoöl.), Local, U.S. The bowfin.
- n. one who is employed to saw wood
- n. any of several beetles whose larvae bore holes in dead or dying trees especially conifers
- From Middle English, equivalent to saw + -yer. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English sauere, sawier, from sawen, to saw, from sawe, saw; see saw1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Not the incident command team, or the head of the Interior Dept/Dept of Agriculture, but a chain sawyer?”
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“The sawyer was a seaman off Sirius and he shared this house with another seaman off Sirius.”
“It has this drawback, that it must cut the size of lumber for which it is set; that is, the sawyer has no choice in cutting the thickness, but it is very economical, wasting only one-eighth of the log in sawdust.”
“Page 99 like the trees of a "raft:" and do all this with the politeness of a "sawyer" - and with principles unyielding as a "snag.”
“Borers in Pine. _a_, work of round-headed borer, "sawyer,”
“I watched the manoeuvres necessary to shoot by a "sawyer," to land on a bank, avoid a snag, or a steamboat, in the rapid current of the Mississippi, till I could do it as well as the captain.”
An Autobiography of the Rev. Josiah Henson ("Uncle Tom"). From 1789 to 1881. With a Preface by Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Introductory Notes by George Sturge, S. Morley, Esq., M. P., Wendell Phillips, and John G. Whittier. Edited by John Lobb, F.R.G.S. Revised and Enlarged.
“The Indian canoe, so injured that it was useless until repaired, was pushed back into the turbid current and went spinning down the river, sometimes bumping against the bank and then dancing further from shore, until striking broadside against a nodding "sawyer," it overturned, and thereafter resembled an ordinary log, on its way toward the Gulf.”
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Let's keep this to reasonably well known family names that are or used to be professions, trades, or arts.
Not for any word ending in -yer, but for the suffix the O.E.D. calls an 'old variant of -IER, now used after w or a vowel'.
Words from the book by Jane Jacobs.
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Reprint edition, Devon: Latimer Trend & Co., Ltd., 1969. Full original citation (you'd better grab a drink and sit down) is:
Some of these professions still exist today but the word for them has changed; some (mason or boatswain, for example), are still in use but are included for their rich historical associations. Som...
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