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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Saw


SAW, preterit tense of see.

SAW, noun [See the Verb.]

1. A cutting instrument consisting of a blade or thin plate of iron or steel, with one edge dentated or toothed.

2. A saying; proverb; maxim; decree. obsolete [See Say.]

SAW, verb transitive preterit tense sawed; participle passive sawed or sawn. [Latin seco; ]

1. To cut with a saw; to separate with a saw; as, to saw timber or marble.

2. To form by cutting with a saw; as, to saw boards or planks, that is, to saw timber into boards or planks.

SAW, verb intransitive

1. To use a saw; to practice sawing; as, a man saws well.

2. To cut with a saw; as, the mill saws fast or well.

3. To be cut with a saw; as, the timber saws smooth.

SAW'-DUST, noun Dust or small fragments of wood or stone made by the attrition of a saw