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



    BrE BrE//sɔː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɔː//
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  1. 1 (often in compounds) a tool that has a long blade with sharp points (called teeth) along one of its edges. A saw is moved backwards and forwards by hand or driven by electricity and is used for cutting wood or metal. see also chainsaw, circular saw, fretsaw, hacksaw, handsaw, jigsaw
  2. 2(old-fashioned) a short phrase or sentence that states a general truth about life or gives advice
  3. Word Originnoun sense 1 Old English saga, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zaag. noun sense 2 Old English sagu ‘a saying, speech’, of Germanic origin; related to German Sage, also to say and saga.
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