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Definition of saw

"saw" in the noun sense

1. proverb, adage, saw, byword

a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people

2. saw

hand tool having a toothed blade for cutting

3. power saw, saw, sawing machine

a power tool for cutting wood

"saw" in the verb sense

1. see

perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight

"saw wood for the fireplace"

"You have to be a good observer to see all the details"

"Can you see the bird in that tree?"

"He is blind

2. understand, realize, realise, see

perceive (an idea or situation) mentally

"Now I see!"

"I just can't see your point"

"Does she realize how important this decision is?"

"I don't understand the idea"

3. witness, find, see

perceive or be contemporaneous with

"We found Republicans winning the offices"

"You'll see a lot of cheating in this school"

"The 1960's saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions"

"I want to see results"

4. visualize, visualise, envision, project, fancy, see, figure, picture, image

imagine conceive of see in one's mind

"I can't see him on horseback!"

"I can see what will happen"

"I can see a risk in this strategy"

5. see, consider, reckon, view, regard

deem to be

"She views this quite differently from me"

"I consider her to be shallow"

"I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do"

6. learn, hear, get word, get wind, pick up, find out, get a line, discover, see

get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally

"I learned that she has two grown-up children"

"I see that you have been promoted"

7. watch, view, see, catch, take in

see or watch

"view a show on television"

"This program will be seen all over the world"

"view an exhibition"

"Catch a show on Broadway"

"see a movie"

8. meet, run into, encounter, run across, come across, see

come together

"I'll probably see you at the meeting"

"How nice to see you again!"

9. determine, check, find out, see, ascertain, watch, learn

find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort

"I want to see whether she speaks French"

"See whether it works"

"find out if he speaks Russian"

"Check whether the train leaves on time"

10. see, check, insure, see to it, ensure, control, ascertain, assure

be careful or certain to do something make certain of something

"He verified that the valves were closed"

"See that the curtains are closed"

"control the quality of the product"

11. see

go to see for professional or business reasons

"You should see a lawyer"

"We had to see a psychiatrist"

12. see

go to see for a social visit

"I went to see my friend Mary the other day"

13. visit, see

go to see a place, as for entertainment

"We went to see the Eiffel Tower in the morning"

14. attend, take care, look, see

take charge of or deal with

"Could you see about lunch?"

"I must attend to this matter"

"She took care of this business"

15. see

receive as a specified guest

"the doctor will see you now"

"The minister doesn't see anybody before noon"

16. go steady, go out, date, see

date regularly have a steady relationship with

"Did you know that she is seeing an older man?"

"He is dating his former wife again!"

17. see

see and understand, have a good eye

"The artist must first learn to see"

18. see

deliberate or decide

"See whether you can come tomorrow"

"let's see

19. see

observe as if with an eye

"The camera saw the burglary and recorded it"

20. examine, see

observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect

"The customs agent examined the baggage"

"I must see your passport before you can enter the country"

21. experience, see, go through

undergo or live through a difficult experience

"We had many trials to go through"

"he saw action in Viet Nam"

22. see, escort

accompany or escort

"I'll see you to the door"

23. see

match or meet

"I saw the bet of one of my fellow players"

24. interpret, construe, see

make sense of assign a meaning to

"What message do you see in this letter?"

"How do you interpret his behavior?"

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Quotations for saw

I saw and loved. [ Gibbon ]

I came, saw, and overcame. [ Shakespeare ]

I never saw an eye so bright,
And yet so soft as hers;
It sometimes swam in liquid light.
And sometimes swam in tears;
It seemed a beauty set apart
For softness and for signs. [ Mrs. Welby ]

He knows not a hawk from a hand-saw. [ Proverb ]

Silently as a dream the fabric rose;
No sound of hammer or of saw was there. [ Cowper ]

The sepulchre,
Wherein we saw thee quietly inurn'd,
Hath op'd his ponderous and marble jaws. [ William Shakespeare ]

You are afraid of the dog you never saw. [ Proverb ]

Her air, her manners, all who saw admired;
Courteous though coy, gentle though retired. [ Crabbe ]

You saw out your tree before you cut it down. [ Proverb ]

A hand-saw is a good thing, but not to shave with. [ Proverb ]

So I'm ugly. I never saw anyone hit with his face. [ Yogi Berra ]

He gave a deep sigh; I saw the iron enter into his soul. [ Sterne ]

They never saw great dainties that think a haggis a feast. [ Proverb ]

And, as she looked around, she saw how Death, the consoler,
Laying his hand upon many a heart, had healed it forever. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]

I never saw a man die of hunger, but thousands die of overfeeding. [ Spanish Proverb ]

Then came your new friend: you began to change - I saw it and grieved. [ Tennyson ]

When the eye sees what it never saw, the heart will think what it never thought. [ Proverb ]

What pretty things men will make for money, quoth the old woman, when she saw a monkey. [ Proverb ]

We have not read an author till we have seen his object, whatever it may be, as he saw it [ Carlyle ]

I saw one excellency was within my reach - it was brevity; and I determined to obtain it. [ Jay ]

We should often be ashamed of our best actions if the world saw the motives which inspire us. [ La Rochefoucauld ]

Once he saw a youth blushing, and addressed him, Courage, my boy; that is the complexion of virtue. [ Diogenes Laertius ]

Milton saw not, and Beethoven heard not, but the sense of beauty was upon them, and they fain must speak. [ Ruskin ]

No human capacity ever yet saw the whole of a thing; but we may see more and more of it the longer we look. [ John Ruskin ]

If you ever saw a crow with a kingbird after him, you will get an image of a dull speaker and a lively listener. [ Holmes ]

Never did poesy appear so full of heaven to me as when I saw how it pierced through pride and fear to the lives of coarsest men. [ Lowell ]

Sir Amyas Pawlet, when he saw too much haste made in any matter, was wont to say, Stay awhile, that we may make an end the sooner. [ Bacon ]

Every period of life has its peculiar prejudices; whoever saw old age, that did not applaud the past, and condemn the present times? [ Montaigne ]

I knew a wise man who had it for a by-word when he saw men hasten to a conclusion: Stay a little, that we may make an end the sooner. [ Bacon ]

Intuition is the clear conception of the whole at once. It seldom belongs to man to say without presumption, I came, I saw, I conquered. [ Lavater ]

O, grief hath changed me since you saw me last; and careful hours, with Time's deformed hand, have written strange defeatures in my face! [ William Shakespeare ]

I would not despair unless I knew the irrevocable decree was passed; saw my misfortune recorded in the book of fate, and signed and sealed by necessity. [ Jeremy Collier ]

Drawing near her death, she sent most pious thoughts as harbingers to heaven; and her soul saw a glimpse of happiness through the chinks of her sickness-broken body. [ Thomas Fuller ]

Be not cast down. If ye saw Him who is standing on the shore, holding out His arms to welcome you to land, ye would wade, not only through a sea of wrongs, but through hell itself to be with Him. [ Rutherford ]

He who boasts of being perfect is perfect in folly. I never saw a perfect man. Every rose has its thorns, and every day its night. Even the sun shows spots, and the skies are darkened with clouds; and faults of some kind nestle in every bosom. [ Spurgeon ]

Despair makes a despicable figure, and descends from a mean original. 'Tis the offspring of fear, of laziness and impatience; it argues a defect of spirit and resolution, and oftentimes of honesty, too. I would not despair unless I saw misfortune recorded in the book of fate, and signed and sealed by necessity. [ Collier ]

Lord Bacon told Sir Edward Coke when he boasted, The less you speak of your greatness, the more I shall think of it. Mirrors are the accompaniments of dandies, not heroes. The men of history were not perpetually looking in the glass to make sure of their own size. Absorbed in their work they did it, and did it so well that the wondering world saw them to be great, and labeled them accordingly. [ Rev. S. Coley ]

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saw in Scrabble®

The word saw is playable in Scrabble®, no blanks required.

Scrabble® Letter Score: 6

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saw in Words With Friends™

The word saw is playable in Words With Friends™, no blanks required.

Words With Friends™ Letter Score: 6

Highest Scoring Words With Friends™ Plays In The Letters saw:

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Word Growth involving saw

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Longer words containing saw

backsaw backsaws
balsawood balsawoods
bowsaw bowsaws
buzzsaw buzzsaws
chainsaw chainsawed
chainsaw chainsawing
chainsaw chainsaws
hacksaw hacksawed
hacksaw hacksawing
hacksaw hacksawn
hacksaw hacksaws
handsaw handsawfish handsawfishes
handsaw handsaws
jigsaw jigsawed
jigsaw jigsawing
jigsaw jigsawn
jigsaw jigsaws
misaward misawarded
misaward misawarding
misaward misawards
outsaw
oversaw
pitsaw pitsaws
quartersaw quartersawed
quartersaw quartersawing
quartersaw quartersawn
quartersaw quartersaws
resaw foresaw
resaw resawed
resaw resawing
resaw resawn
resaw resaws
sawback sawbacks
sawbellies
sawbelly
sawbill sawbills
sawblade sawblades
sawbones sawboneses
sawbuck sawbucks
sawdust sawdusted
sawdust sawdusting
sawdust sawdustish
sawdust sawdustlike
sawdust sawdusts
sawdust sawdusty
sawed chainsawed
sawed hacksawed
sawed jigsawed
sawed quartersawed
sawed resawed
sawed seesawed
sawed whipsawed
sawer sawers
sawfish handsawfish handsawfishes
sawfish sawfishes handsawfishes
sawflies
sawfly
sawgrass sawgrasses
sawhorse sawhorses
sawing chainsawing
sawing hacksawing
sawing jigsawing
sawing quartersawing
sawing resawing
sawing seesawing
sawing whipsawing
sawlike
sawmaker sawmakers
sawmaking
sawman
sawmen
sawmill sawmills
sawn hacksawn
sawn jigsawn
sawn quartersawn
sawn resawn
sawn tablesawn
sawn whipsawn
sawpit sawpits
saws backsaws
saws bowsaws
saws buzzsaws
saws chainsaws
saws hacksaws
saws handsaws
saws jigsaws
saws pitsaws
saws quartersaws
saws resaws
saws sawsetter sawsetters
saws sawshark sawsharks
saws sawsmith sawsmithing
saws sawsmith sawsmiths
saws seesaws
saws splitsaws
saws tablesaws
saws whipsaws
sawteeth
sawtooth sawtoothed
sawwort sawworts
sawyer sawyers
seesaw seesawed
seesaw seesawing
seesaw seesaws
splitsaw splitsaws
tablesaw tablesawn
tablesaw tablesaws
unsawable
whipsaw whipsawed
whipsaw whipsawing
whipsaw whipsawn
whipsaw whipsaws