Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a power tool for cutting wood
  2. (noun, artifact) hand tool having a toothed blade for cutting
  3. (noun, communication) a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
  4. (verb, contact) cut with a saw

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Origin of the word Saw

  1. "cutting tool," O.E. sagu, from P.Gmc. *sago "a cutting tool" (cf. O.E. seax "knife," O.N. s?g, Norw. sag, Dan. sav, M.Du. saghe, Du. zaag, O.H.G. saga, Ger. S?ge "saw"), from PIE base *sak-/*sek- "to cut" (cf. L. secare "to cut," Rus. sech' "to cut;" see section). The verb is attested fr… more
  2. "proverb," O.E. sagu "saying, discourse, speech," from P.Gmc. *saga-, *sagon- (cf. M.L.G., M.Du. sage, zage, Ger. sage "legend, fable, saga, myth, tradition," O.N. saga "story, tale, saga") from the root of O.E. secgan "say" (see say). more

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