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