from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A saw consisting of a metal frame having a fine-toothed narrow blade held under tension; used in making curved cuts

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a saw with a long, narrow blade, used in cutting frets, scrolls, etc.; a scroll saw; a keyhole saw; a compass saw.
  • n. A narrow-bladed fine-toothed saw for cutting curved outlines.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A compass-or keyhole-saw with a long and slender blade and fine teeth.
  • n. A reciprocating scroll-saw mounted on a table and operated by a treadle. See scrollsaw.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. fine-toothed power saw with a narrow blade; used to cut curved outlines


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  • Ptolemy Alexander Helios and Cleopatra Selene were putting a jigsaw puzzle together, a scene of flowers, grass, and butterflies painted on thin wood that some master craftsman with a fretsaw had cut into small, irregular pieces.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • His idea of relaxation is working with his fretsaw.


  • Previously, puzzles were 'dissections' - not interlinked like modern sets - and were cut using a handheld fretsaw.

    This is Money | Home

  • Pencil, ruler, fretsaw: The new National Furniture School hopes to provide skilled graduates for Britain's craft industry

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • 'I had fun at Christmas, messing about a bit with the fretsaw.'

  • The minimum requirements are a selection of saws of different grades, ranging from a rip saw, to a fine fretsaw for cutting things like fine veneer and close grained woods.


  • They were emptying his room out; taking away everything that was dear to him; they had already taken out the chest containing his fretsaw and other tools; now they threatened to remove the writing desk with its place clearly worn into the floor, the desk where he had done his homework as a business trainee, at high school, even while he had been at infant school - he really could not wait any longer to see whether the two women's intentions were good.



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