See also: Saw, SAW, sAw, and s'aw

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Etymology 1Edit

 
A saw—a tool

Noun 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).

Verb from Middle English sawen.

NounEdit

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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VerbEdit

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.
    1611, Bible (KJV), Hebrews 11:37:
    They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
  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 2Edit

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.

NounEdit

saw ‎(plural saws)

  1. (obsolete) Something spoken; speech, discourse.
  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.
    • Polychronicon Ranulphi Higden
      Þe more comoun sawe is þat Remus was i-slawe for he leep ouer þe newe walles of Rome.
  4. (obsolete) Proposal, suggestion; possibility.
    • Earl of Toulouse
      All they assentyd to the sawe; They thoght he spake reson and lawe.
  5. (obsolete) Dictate; command; decree.
    • Spenser
      [Love] rules the creatures by his powerful saw.
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Etymology 3Edit

VerbEdit

saw

  1. simple past tense of see

StatisticsEdit

Most common English words before 1923: place · give · ever · #156: saw · things · left · part

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Atong (India)Edit

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AdjectiveEdit

saw

  1. rotten

KurdishEdit

NounEdit

saw ?

  1. terror
  2. horror

ScotsEdit

PronunciationEdit

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

VerbEdit

saw

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

ZhuangEdit

EtymologyEdit

Cognate with Lao ສື(sư̄), Thai สือ(sʉ̌ʉ).

NounEdit

saw ‎(Sawndip forms ⿰書史)

  1. script (writing system)
  2. Chinese character
  3. book

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