Meaning of “saw” in the English Dictionary

"saw" in British English

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sawverb

uk /sɔː/ us /sɑː/

sawverb

uk /sɔː/ us /sɑː/ sawed, sawn or mainly US sawed

[ I or T ] to cut wood or other hard material using a saw:

They sawed the door in half.
He sawed through the pipe.

[ I + adv/prep ] to move something backwards and forwards as if using a saw:

He was sawing away at his violin, making a terrible noise!

sawnoun [ C ]

uk /sɔː/ us /sɑː/

(Definition of “saw” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"saw" in American English

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saw

us //

saw (SEE)

past simple of see

sawnoun [ C ]

us //

saw noun [ C ] (TOOL)

a tool that has a blade with sharp points along one edge, used for cutting hard materials, such as wood or metal:

a circular saw
a hand-held saw

sawverb [ I/T ]

us // past tense sawed, past participle sawn /sɔn/ sawed

saw verb [ I/T ] (USE TOOL)

to cut with a saw:

[ M ] I sawed off the end of the plank.

(Definition of “saw” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)