• "'I saw it first—'tis mine—let go!'"
    "'I saw it first—'tis mine—let go!'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v saw cut with a saw "saw wood for the fireplace"
    • n saw a power tool for cutting wood
    • n saw hand tool having a toothed blade for cutting
    • n saw a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"He saw an old man, who seemed to be very weary." "He saw an old man, who seemed to be very weary."
Gang-Saw Gang-Saw
Band-Saw Band-Saw
Cut-off-Saw Cut-off-Saw
Rip Saw Teeth Rip Saw Teeth
Rip-Sawing on a Horse Rip-Sawing on a Horse
Using a Turning Saw Using a Turning Saw
Saw-Vise Saw-Vise

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tohru Iwatani, the inventor of the video game Pac-Man, came up with the idea when he saw a pizza with a slice missing at a dinner party
    • Saw imp. of See.
    • Saw A saying; a proverb; a maxim. "His champions are the prophets and apostles,
      His weapons holy saws of sacred writ."
    • Saw Also used figuratively; as, to saw the air.
    • n Saw 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.Saw is frequently used adjectively, or as the first part of a compound.
    • Saw Dictate; command; decree. "Love] rules the creatures by his powerful saw ."
    • Saw Something said; speech; discourse. "To hearken all his sawe ."
    • Saw To be cut with a saw; as, the timber saws smoothly.
    • Saw To cut with a saw; to separate with a saw; as, to saw timber or marble.
    • Saw To cut, as a saw; as, the saw or mill saws fast.
    • Saw 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.
    • Saw To use a saw; to practice sawing; as, a man saws well.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed every animal in the Berlin Zoo except the elephant, which escaped and roamed the city. When a Russian commander saw hungry Germans chasing the elephant and trying to kill it, he ordered his troops to protect it and shoot anyone who tried to kill it
    • n saw A cutting-tool consisting of a metal blade, band, or plate with the edge armed with cutting teeth, worked either by a reciprocating movement, as in a hand-saw, or by a continuous motion in one direction, as in a circular saw, a band-saw, and an annular saw. Saws are for the most part made of tempered steel. The teeth of the smaller kinds are formed by cutting or punching in the plate interdental spaces or gullets. In saws of large size inserted or removable teeth are now much used. Small saws are generally provided with a single handle of hard wood; larger saws, for use by two workmen, have a handle at each end. Reciprocating saws more generally have their teeth inclined toward the direction of their cutting-stroke (see rake, n., 1), but some cut in both directions equally. To cut freely, saws must have, for most purposes, what is called set—that is, alternate teeth must be made to project somewhat laterally and uniformly from opposite sides of the saw in order that the kerf or saw-cut may be somewhat wider than the thickness of the saw-blade. This prevents undue friction of the sides of the blade against the sides of the kerf. Some saws, however, as surgeons' saws, hack-saws, etc., have little or no set, and undue friction against the kerf is prevented by making the blades of gradually decreasing thickness from the edge toward the back.
    • n saw A saw-blade together with the handles or frame to which the blade is attached, as a hand-saw, wood-saw, or hack-saw.
    • n saw In zoology and comparative anatomy, a serrated formation or organ, or a serrated arrangement of parts of formations or organs. The set of teeth of a merganser, as Mergus serrator.
    • n saw A sawing-machine, as a scroll-saw or jig-saw.
    • n saw The act of sawing or see-sawing; specifically, in whist [U. S.], same as see-saw, 3 .
    • n saw In surgery, a trephine.
    • n saw Particularly, a saw used by lumbermen for cutting logs from tree-trunks, having an edge slightly convex in the cutting-plane, a handle at each end projecting from and at right angles with the back in the plane of the blade, and teeth filed so that the saw cuts when drawn in either direction. It is operated by two workmen, one at each handle.
    • n saw (See also back-saw, band-saw, belt-saw, buzz-saw, center-saw, chain-saw, fret-saw, gang-saw, gig-saw, ice-saw, jig-saw, rabbet-saw, ring-saw, etc.)
    • saw To cut or divide with a saw; cut in pieces with a saw.
    • saw To form by cutting with a saw: as, to saw boards or planks (that is, to saw timber into boards or planks).
    • saw To cut or cleave as with the motion of a saw.
    • saw In bookbinding, to score or cut lightly through the folded edges of, as the gathered sections of a book, in four or five equidistant spaces. The stout bands which connect the book to its covers are sunk in the saw-track, and the sewing-thread which holds the leaves together is bound around these bands.
    • saw To use a saw; practise the use of a saw; cut with a saw.
    • saw To be cut with a saw: as, the timber saws smoothly.
    • n saw A saying; speech; discourse; word.
    • n saw A proverbial saying; maxim; proverb.
    • n saw A tale; story; recital. Compare saga.
    • n saw A decree.
    • n saw Synonyms Axiom, Maxim, etc. See aphorism.
    • n saw Preterit of see.
    • n saw A Scotch form of salve.
    • n saw A keyhole saw; a saw which has a very narrow, thin blade, so that it can turn comers.
    • n saw A circular saw turning in a vertical plane or with its shaft horizontal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name for Oz in "The Wizard of Oz" was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence "Oz."
    • pa.t Saw saw of see.
    • n Saw saw an instrument for cutting, formed of a blade, band, or disc of thin steel, with a toothed edge
    • v.t Saw to cut with a saw
    • v.i Saw to use a saw: to be cut with a saw:—pa.t. sawed; pa.p. sawed or sawn
    • n Saw saw a saying: a proverb: a degree: a joke.
    • n Saw saw (Scot.) salve.
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  • John Calvin
    John Calvin
    “A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.”
  • Laurence Fishburne
    Laurence Fishburne
    “I've played a lot of bad guys, 'cause that was the only work I could get. People saw my face and went Oooh.”
  • Bernard M. Baruch
    “Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.”
  • Irving Layton
    Irving Layton
    “God is indeed dead. He died of self-horror when He saw the creature He had made in His own image.”
  • Seneca
    “So live with men as if God saw you and speak to God, as if men heard you.”
  • De Delloy
    De Delloy
    “The more I saw of foreign countries the more I loved my own.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sawe, AS. sage,; akin to D. zaag, G. säge, OHG. sega, saga, Dan. sav, Sw. såg, Icel. sög, L. secare, to cut, securis, ax, secula, sickle. Cf. Scythe Sickle Section Sedge


In literature:

I never saw anything so pitiful.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
My father saw little or no fault in me and saw plenty in Wilfred.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
He saw all around him queer, little fairies, each one with a tiny war-club.
"Thirty Indian Legends" by Margaret Bemister
A strange thing, as he rose, I saw his sheepskin move.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
He saw them stop at last, he saw Harley kiss Sylvia, and then he saw the girl turn away.
"The Candidate" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
And when the Middle Bear looked at his, he saw that the spoon was standing in it too.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
I saw this in fact; but, to my surprise, I saw more.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
They saw him halt when he reached the mesa, saw him wave his hat to them.
"The Range Boss" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Off to his right he saw, or thought he saw, a suspicious shadow, and he instantly made for it.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
She saw how it was with them, and she saw what she could do.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair

In poetry:

They heard and saw these wonders;
These things they saw and heard;
And other things within the heart
For which there is no word.
"Under The Rose" by Madison Julius Cawein
I think they could not have been closed
So widely did they strain.
I never saw so dreadful a sight,
And it often made me wake at night,
For I saw her face again.
"The Cross Roads" by Robert Southey
For we saw that each was a live man flaming,
Limbs that a human mother bore,
And a thing of horror was done, past naming,
And the crowd spun round, and we saw no more.
"The Three Pilgrims" by Archibald Lampman
They saw the glory of the world displayed;
They saw the bitter of it, and the sweet;
They knew the roses of the world should fade,
And be trod under by the hurrying feet.
"Nuns of the Perpetual Adoration" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
"I saw her foot the lofty bark ascend,
I saw her breast with every passion heave;
I left her—torn from every earthly friend;
Oh, my hard bosom! which could bear to leave!
"Elegy XXVI. Describing the Sorrow of An Ingeneous Mind" by William Shenstone
She bade her singers be silent—silent they stood in awe;
She raised the gold from the window; she looked down and saw.
(She leaned and looked on the highway,
She looked down and saw.)
"The Parasite" by Theodosia Garrison

In news:

When Craig Jones took his dog for a midnight walk on Sunday, November 7, he saw a peculiar sight above his Covesville home.
I saw Barry Bonds hit his 758th home run in San Francisco last month.
Taking a look inside, he saw hundreds of baseball card s bundled with twine.
Jeffrey Friedman Of The Retreat Publically Comments On Community Resilience That He Saw Post Sandy.
Over the weekend we saw another group of women do the same, this time in Italy.
I'm just checking that everybody saw this.
As Round 2 of the three-stage US presidential debates came to an end, the see-saw struggle for.
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, September 12 AFTER a banner season that saw the University of Louisville women win their second straight BIG EAST Title and the men's team finish No.
Bazan peers up to where he first saw God.
I saw this bear sitting along side the road.
Carpenter liked what he saw Friday night.
I didn't expect much from these saws, because the whole idea of running a miter saw off a battery.
I thought everyone saw everything the way I saw it.
Android smartphones saw gains in US market share between February and May 2010, as Apple, Microsoft, Research In Motion and Palm all saw slight declines for their own smartphones.
SawStop rolled out its new 10" contractor's saw in June, a similar but smaller version of the company's 10" cabinet saw launched in late 2004.

In science:

We saw that model has different equivalent realizations.
A note on topological brane theories
However, in these simulations we saw no fluid-fluid demixing.
Phase Behavior of a Simple Model for Membrane Proteins
This is the same tendency which we already saw on figures 15 and 16.
Local and global properties of conformally flat initial data for black hole collisions
We saw explicitly some techniques that help sample from the exponential and Gaussian distributions.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
As we saw in , the invariants defined by Reshetikhin and Turaev (associated with a quasi-triangular Hopf algebra) arise from standard oriented quantum algebras.
Bi-oriented Quantum Algebras, and a Generalized Alexander Polynomial for Virtual Links