Scroll saw
Scroll Scroll, n. [A dim. of OE. scroue, scrowe (whence E. escrow), OF. escroe, escroue, F. ['e]crou entry in the jail book, LL. scroa scroll, probably of Teutonic origin; cf. OD. schroode a strip, shred, slip of paper, akin to E. shred. Cf. {Shred}, {Escrow}.] 1. A roll of paper or parchment; a writing formed into a roll; a schedule; a list. [1913 Webster]

The heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll. --Isa. xxxiv. 4. [1913 Webster]

Here is the scroll of every man's name. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. (Arch.) An ornament formed of undulations giving off spirals or sprays, usually suggestive of plant form. Roman architectural ornament is largely of some scroll pattern. [1913 Webster]

3. A mark or flourish added to a person's signature, intended to represent a seal, and in some States allowed as a substitute for a seal. [U.S.] --Burrill. [1913 Webster]

4. (Geom.) Same as {Skew surface}. See under {Skew}. [1913 Webster]

{Linen scroll} (Arch.) See under {Linen}.

{Scroll chuck} (Mach.), an adjustable chuck, applicable to a lathe spindle, for centering and holding work, in which the jaws are adjusted and tightened simultaneously by turning a disk having in its face a spiral groove which is entered by teeth on the backs of the jaws.

{Scroll saw}. See under {Saw}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Scroll saw — Saw Saw, n. [OE. sawe, AS. sage; akin to D. zaag, G. s[ a]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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scroll saw — scroll′ saw n. bui a narrow saw mounted vertically in a frame and operated with an up and down motion, used for cutting curved ornamental designs • Etymology: 1850–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • scroll saw — n. a thin, ribbonlike saw for cutting thin wood into spiral or ornamental designs …   English World dictionary

  • Scroll saw — A scroll saw is a small electric or pedal operated saw useful for cutting intricate curves where a jigsaw or coping saw is not appropriate; it is capable of creating curves with edges. It is somewhat similar to a band saw, but unlike band saws,… …   Wikipedia

  • scroll saw — noun fine toothed power saw with a narrow blade; used to cut curved outlines • Syn: ↑jigsaw, ↑fretsaw • Hypernyms: ↑power saw, ↑saw, ↑sawing machine * * * noun 1. : a thin …   Useful english dictionary

  • scroll-saw — /ˈskroʊl sɔ/ (say skrohl saw) noun 1. a narrow saw mounted vertically in a frame and operated with an up and down motion, used for cutting curved ornamental designs. 2. such a saw mounted in a power driven machine …   Australian English dictionary

  • scroll saw — 1. a narrow saw mounted vertically in a frame and operated with an up and down motion, used for cutting curved ornamental designs. 2. such a saw mounted in a power driven machine. [1850 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • scroll saw — noun Date: 1851 1. fretsaw 2. a machine saw with a table for supporting the material and a narrow vertically reciprocating blade for cutting curved lines or ornamental openwork patterns …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • scroll saw — noun a narrow bladed saw for cutting decorative spiral lines or patterns …   English new terms dictionary

  • scroll saw — noun A fine toothed fretsaw with an oscillating blade that can be used to cut out curves and other complicated shapes, accurately …   Wiktionary

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