Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A puzzle consisting of a mass of irregularly shaped pieces of cardboard, plastic, or wood that form a picture when fitted together. Also called picture puzzle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of puzzle in which the aim is to reconstruct a picture that has been cut (originally, with a jigsaw) into many small interlocking pieces.

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  • n. a puzzle that requires you to reassemble a picture that has been mounted on a stiff base and cut into interlocking pieces

Etymologies

jigsaw + puzzle (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Spider got a 250-piece jigsaw puzzle of a snow scene in Vermont.

    1968

  • 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

  • Arranging flower stems in a vase, straightening pictures on a wall, and conquering a 1,500-piece jigsaw puzzle may not be passkeys to stellar success in our society, but they do provide gratification and a nice way to feel effective.

    A Mind at a Time

  • Asking the child who is unable to revisualize to clean his room independently is identical to asking an adult to assemble a 400-piece jigsaw puzzle without having seen the picture on the puzzle box cover.

    It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend

  • Flicked on, the missing piece to an incomplete jigsaw puzzle was immediately found, and things fell into place for the team as a whole.

    One Season

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  • A jigsaw puzzle is a tiling puzzle that requires the assembly of numerous small, often oddly shaped, interlocking and tessellating pieces. Each piece has a small part of a picture on it; when complete, a jigsaw puzzle produces a complete picture.

    Jigsaw puzzles were originally created by painting a picture on a flat, rectangular piece of wood, and then cutting that picture into small pieces with a jigsaw, hence the name. John Spilsbury, a London mapmaker and engraver, is credited with commercialising jigsaw puzzles around 1760

    _Wikipedia

    February 18, 2008