from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A familiar saying, especially one that has become trite through repetition. synonym: saying.
  • noun 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.
  • intransitive verb To cut or divide with a saw.
  • intransitive verb To produce or shape with a saw.
  • intransitive verb To make back-and-forth motions through or on.
  • intransitive verb To use a saw.
  • intransitive verb To undergo cutting with a saw.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun A saying; speech; discourse; word.
  • noun A proverbial saying; maxim; proverb.
  • noun A tale; story; recital. Compare saga.
  • noun A decree.
  • noun Synonyms Axiom, Maxim, etc. See aphorism.
  • noun Preterit of see.
  • noun A Scotch form of salve.
  • noun A keyhole saw; a saw which has a very narrow, thin blade, so that it can turn comers.
  • noun A circular saw turning in a vertical plane or with its shaft horizontal.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A saw-blade together with the handles or frame to which the blade is attached, as a hand-saw, wood-saw, or hack-saw.
  • noun In zoology and comparative anatomy, a serrated formation or organ, or a serrated arrangement of parts of formations or organs.
  • noun A sawing-machine, as a scroll-saw or jig-saw.
  • noun The act of sawing or see-sawing; specifically, in whist [U. S.], same as see-saw, 3 .
  • noun In surgery, a trephine.
  • noun 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.
  • noun (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.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • imp. of see.
  • noun obsolete Something said; speech; discourse.
  • noun A saying; a proverb; a maxim.
  • noun obsolete Dictate; command; decree.
  • intransitive verb To use a saw; to practice sawing.
  • intransitive verb To cut, as a saw.
  • intransitive verb To be cut with a saw.
  • transitive verb To cut with a saw; to separate with a saw.
  • transitive verb To form by cutting with a saw.
  • transitive verb Also used figuratively.
  • noun 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.
  • noun See under Band, Crosscut, etc.
  • noun a disk of steel with saw teeth upon its periphery, and revolved on an arbor.
  • noun a bench or table with a flat top for for sawing, especially with a circular saw which projects above the table.
  • noun a three-cornered file, such as is used for sharpening saw teeth.
  • noun the frame or sash in a sawmill, in which the saw, or gang of saws, is held.
  • noun a saw frame.
  • noun the form of cotton gin invented by Eli Whitney, in which the cotton fibers are drawn, by the teeth of a set of revolving circular saws, through a wire grating which is too fine for the seeds to pass.


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

[Middle English sawe, from Old English sagu, speech; see sekw- in Indo-European roots.]

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

[Middle English sawe, from Old English sagu; see sek- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

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