Definition of jigsaw noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdʒɪɡsɔː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɪɡsɔː//
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  1. 1 (also jigsaw puzzle) (also puzzle especially in North American English) a picture printed on cardboard or wood, that has been cut up into a lot of small pieces of different shapes that you have to fit together again to do a jigsaw
  2. 2a mysterious situation in which it is not easy to understand all the causes of what is happening; a complicated problem If Hollis was a double agent then the Crabb affair fits neatly into the jigsaw.
  3. 3 a saw (= a type of tool) with a fine blade for cutting designs in thin pieces of wood or metal
  4. Word Originlate 19th cent.: from the verb jig + the noun saw.Extra examples One piece of the jigsaw is still missing. The police managed to piece together the jigsaw and reconstruct the victim’s last hours. This is another piece in the jigsaw that will help us understand the biology of cancer.
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