saw

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Etymology 1[edit]

A saw—a tool

From Middle English sawe, from Old English saga, sagu (saw), from Proto-Germanic *sagô, *sagō (saw), from Proto-Indo-European *sek- (to cut). Cognate with West Frisian seage (saw), Dutch zaag (saw), German Säge (saw), Danish sav (saw), Swedish såg (saw), Icelandic sög (saw), and through Indo-European, with Latin secō (cut).

Noun[edit]

saw (plural saws)

  1. A tool with a toothed blade used for cutting hard substances, in particular wood or metal
  2. A musical saw.
  3. A sawtooth wave.
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Verb[edit]

saw (third-person singular simple present saws, present participle sawing, simple past sawed, past participle sawed or sawn)

  1. (transitive) To cut (something) with a saw.
  2. (intransitive) To make a motion back and forth similar to cutting something with a saw.
    The fiddler sawed away at his instrument.
  3. (intransitive) To be cut with a saw.
    The timber saws smoothly.
  4. (transitive) To form or produce (something) by cutting with a saw.
    to saw boards or planks (i.e. to saw logs or timber into boards or planks)
    to saw shingles; to saw out a panel
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English sawe, from Old English sagu, saga (story, tale, saying, statement, report, narrative, tradition), from Proto-Germanic *sagō, *sagǭ (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.

Noun[edit]

saw (plural saws)

  1. (obsolete) Something spoken; speech, discourse.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book V:
      And for thy trew sawys, and I may lyve many wynters, there was never no knyght better rewardid [...].
  2. (often old saw) A saying or proverb.
  3. (obsolete) opinion, idea, belief; by thy ~, in your opinion; commune ~, common opinion; common knowledge; on no ~, by no means.
    Þe more comoun sawe is þat Remus was i-slawe for he leep ouer þe newe walles of Rome.Polychronicon Ranulphi Higden
  4. (obsolete) proposal, suggestion; possibility.
    All they assentyd to the sawe; They thoght he spake reson and lawe.Earl of Toulouse
  5. (obsolete) Dictate; command; decree.
    • Spenser
      [Love] rules the creatures by his powerful saw.
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Etymology 3[edit]

See see. Cognate with Dutch zag, German sah, Danish , Swedish såg, Icelandic .

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saw

  1. simple past tense of see

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Kurdish[edit]

Noun[edit]

saw ?

  1. terror
  2. horror

Scots[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Doric and most Southern Scots dialects) IPA(key): /sa/
  • (Central and some Southern Scots dialects) IPA(key): /sɔ/

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saw

  1. (South Scots) simple past tense of sei
  2. (North Scots and Central Scots) simple past tense of see