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NOUN (3)

1. a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people;
[syn: proverb, adage, saw, byword]

2. hand tool having a toothed blade for cutting;

3. a power tool for cutting wood;
[syn: power saw, saw, sawing machine]


VERB (1)

1. cut with a saw;
- Example: "saw wood for the fireplace"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Saw \Saw\, n. [OE. sawe, AS. sagu; akin to secgan to say. See Say, v. t. and cf. Saga.] [1913 Webster] 1. Something said; speech; discourse. [Obs.] "To hearken all his sawe." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. A saying; a proverb; a maxim. [1913 Webster] His champions are the prophets and apostles, His weapons holy saws of sacred writ. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Dictate; command; decree. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] [Love] rules the creatures by his powerful saw. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Saw \Saw\ (s[add]), imp. of See. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Saw \Saw\, n. [OE. sawe, AS. sage; akin to D. zaag, G. s[aum]ge, OHG. sega, saga, Dan. sav, Sw. s[*a]g, Icel. s["o]g, L. secare to cut, securis ax, secula sickle. Cf. Scythe, Sickle, Section, Sedge.] An instrument for cutting or dividing substances, as wood, iron, etc., consisting of a thin blade, or plate, of steel, with a series of sharp teeth on the edge, which remove successive portions of the material by cutting and tearing. [1913 Webster] Note: Saw is frequently used adjectively, or as the first part of a compound. [1913 Webster] Band saw, Crosscut saw, etc. See under Band, Crosscut, etc. Circular saw, a disk of steel with saw teeth upon its periphery, and revolved on an arbor. Saw bench, a bench or table with a flat top for for sawing, especially with a circular saw which projects above the table. Saw file, a three-cornered file, such as is used for sharpening saw teeth. Saw frame, the frame or sash in a sawmill, in which the saw, or gang of saws, is held. Saw gate, a saw frame. Saw gin, the form of cotton gin invented by Eli Whitney, in which the cotton fibers are drawn, by the teeth of a set of revolving circular saws, through a wire grating which is too fine for the seeds to pass. Saw grass (Bot.), any one of certain cyperaceous plants having the edges of the leaves set with minute sharp teeth, especially the Cladium Mariscus of Europe, and the Cladium effusum of the Southern United States. Cf. Razor grass, under Razor. Saw log, a log of suitable size for sawing into lumber. Saw mandrel, a mandrel on which a circular saw is fastened for running. Saw pit, a pit over which timbor is sawed by two men, one standing below the timber and the other above. --Mortimer. Saw sharpener (Zool.), the great titmouse; -- so named from its harsh call note. [Prov. Eng.] Saw whetter (Zool.), the marsh titmouse (Parus palustris); -- so named from its call note. [Prov. Eng.] Scroll saw, a ribbon of steel with saw teeth upon one edge, stretched in a frame and adapted for sawing curved outlines; also, a machine in which such a saw is worked by foot or power. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Saw \Saw\, v. t. [imp. Sawed; p. p. Sawed or Sawn; p. pr. & vb. n. Sawing.] 1. To cut with a saw; to separate with a saw; as, to saw timber or marble. [1913 Webster] 2. To form by cutting with a saw; as, to saw boards or planks, that is, to saw logs or timber into boards or planks; to saw shingles; to saw out a panel. [1913 Webster] 3. Also used figuratively; as, to saw the air. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Saw \Saw\, v. i. 1. To use a saw; to practice sawing; as, a man saws well. [1913 Webster] 2. To cut, as a saw; as, the saw or mill saws fast. [1913 Webster] 3. To be cut with a saw; as, the timber saws smoothly. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

See \See\ (s[=e]), v. t. [imp. Saw (s[add]); p. p. Seen (s[=e]n); p. pr. & vb. n. Seeing.] [OE. seen, sen, seon, AS. se['o]n; akin to OFries. s[imac]a, D. zien, OS. & OHG. sehan, G. sehen, Icel. sj[=a], Sw. se, Dan. see, Goth. sa['i]hwan, and probably to L. sequi to follow (and so originally meaning, to follow with the eyes). Gr. "e`pesqai, Skr. sac. Cf. Sight, Sue to follow.] 1. To perceive by the eye; to have knowledge of the existence and apparent qualities of by the organs of sight; to behold; to descry; to view. [1913 Webster] I will now turn aside, and see this great sight. --Ex. iii. 3. [1913 Webster] 2. To perceive by mental vision; to form an idea or conception of; to note with the mind; to observe; to discern; to distinguish; to understand; to comprehend; to ascertain. [1913 Webster] Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren. --Gen. xxxvii. 14. [1913 Webster] Jesus saw that he answered discreetly. --Mark xii. 34. [1913 Webster] Who's so gross That seeth not this palpable device? --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To follow with the eyes, or as with the eyes; to watch; to regard attentively; to look after. --Shak. [1913 Webster] I had a mind to see him out, and therefore did not care for contradicting him. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 4. To have an interview with; especially, to make a call upon; to visit; as, to go to see a friend. [1913 Webster] And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death. --1 Sam. xv. 35. [1913 Webster] 5. To fall in with; to meet or associate with; to have intercourse or communication with; hence, to have knowledge or experience of; as, to see military service. [1913 Webster] Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil. --Ps. xc. 15. [1913 Webster] Verily, verily, I say unto you, if a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. --John viii. 51. [1913 Webster] Improvement in wisdom and prudence by seeing men. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 6. To accompany in person; to escort; to wait upon; as, to see one home; to see one aboard the cars. [1913 Webster] 7. In poker and similar games at cards, to meet (a bet), or to equal the bet of (a player), by staking the same sum. "I'll see you and raise you ten." [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC] God you see (or God him see or God me see, etc.), God keep you (him, me, etc.) in his sight; God protect you. [Obs.] --Chaucer. To see (anything) out, to see (it) to the end; to be present at, work at, or attend, to the end. To see stars, to see flashes of light, like stars; -- sometimes the result of concussion of the head. [Colloq.] To see (one) through, to help, watch, or guard (one) to the end of a course or an undertaking. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

saw n 1: a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people [syn: proverb, adage, saw, byword] 2: hand tool having a toothed blade for cutting 3: a power tool for cutting wood [syn: power saw, saw, sawing machine] v 1: cut with a saw; "saw wood for the fireplace"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

141 Moby Thesaurus words for "saw": Vandyke edge, adage, amputate, ana, analects, aphorism, apothegm, ax, axiom, backsaw, band saw, belt saw, bisect, bow, bow saw, bucksaw, butcher, buzz saw, byword, carve, catchword, chain saw, chop, circular saw, cleave, cockscomb, collected sayings, compass saw, coping saw, cordwood saw, crenation, crenelation, crenulation, crest, crosscut saw, current saying, cut, cut away, cut in two, cut off, deckle edge, denticulation, dentil, dentil band, diamond saw, dichotomize, dictate, dictum, dissever, distich, dogtooth, double-cut saw, dovetail saw, epigram, excise, expression, fiddle, fissure, frame saw, fretsaw, gash, gnome, golden saying, hack, hacksaw, halve, handsaw, helicoidal saw, hew, incise, jigsaw, keyhole saw, lance, maxim, meat saw, mill saw, moral, mot, motto, notching, oracle, panel saw, pare, phrase, pit saw, pithy saying, play violin, portable saw, power saw, precept, prescript, proverb, proverbial saying, proverbs, prune, pruning saw, rend, rickrack, ripsaw, rive, rock saw, saw knife, saw machine, saw teeth, saying, scallop, scissor, scrape, scribe saw, scroll saw, sentence, sententious expression, serration, sever, slash, slice, slit, sloka, snip, split, splitsaw, stock saying, sunder, sutra, table saw, teaching, tear, text, two-handed saw, verse, vertical saw, whipsaw, whittle, wire saw, wisdom, wisdom literature, wise saying, witticism, wood saw, word, words of wisdom
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

SAW, n. A trite popular saying, or proverb. (Figurative and colloquial.) So called because it makes its way into a wooden head. Following are examples of old saws fitted with new teeth. A penny saved is a penny to squander. A man is known by the company that he organizes. A bad workman quarrels with the man who calls him that. A bird in the hand is worth what it will bring. Better late than before anybody has invited you. Example is better than following it. Half a loaf is better than a whole one if there is much else. Think twice before you speak to a friend in need. What is worth doing is worth the trouble of asking somebody to do it. Least said is soonest disavowed. He laughs best who laughs least. Speak of the Devil and he will hear about it. Of two evils choose to be the least. Strike while your employer has a big contract. Where there's a will there's a won't.