Keyhole saw
Keyhole Key"hole`, n. 1. A hole or apertupe in a door or lock, for receiving a key. [1913 Webster]

2. (a) (Carp.) A hole or excavation in beams intended to be joined together, to receive the key which fastens them. (b) (Mach.) a mortise for a key or cotter. [1913 Webster]

{Keyhole limpet} (Zo["o]l.), a marine gastropod of the genus Fissurella and allied genera. See {Fissurella}.

{Keyhole saw}, a narrow, slender saw, used in cutting keyholes, etc., as in doors; a kind of compass saw or fret saw.

{Keyhole urchin} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous clypeastroid sea urchins, of the genera {Melitta}, {Rotula}, and {Encope}; -- so called because they have one or more perforations resembling keyholes. [1913 Webster]


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  • Keyhole saw — A keyhole saw (also called a pad saw, alligator saw, jab saw or drywall saw) is a long, narrow saw used for cutting small, often awkward features in various building materials. There are typically two varieties of keyhole saw: the fixed blade… …   Wikipedia

  • keyhole saw — Compass Com pass (k[u^]m pas), n. [F. compas, fr. LL. compassus circle, prop., a stepping together; com + passus pace, step. See {Pace}, {Pass}.] 1. A passing round; circuit; circuitous course. [1913 Webster] They fetched a compass of seven day s …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • keyhole saw — noun a handsaw with a long narrow blade for cutting short radius curves; similar to a compass saw • Hypernyms: ↑handsaw, ↑hand saw, ↑carpenter s saw …   Useful english dictionary

  • keyhole saw — a compass saw for cutting keyholes, etc. [1770 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • keyhole saw — noun a saw with a long, narrow blade for cutting small holes such as keyholes …   English new terms dictionary

  • keyhole saw — noun Date: 1777 a narrow pointed fine toothed handsaw used especially for cutting curves of short radius …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Keyhole — Key hole , n. 1. A hole or apertupe in a door or lock, for receiving a key. [1913 Webster] 2. (a) (Carp.) A hole or excavation in beams intended to be joined together, to receive the key which fastens them. (b) (Mach.) a mortise for a key or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Keyhole limpet — Keyhole Key hole , n. 1. A hole or apertupe in a door or lock, for receiving a key. [1913 Webster] 2. (a) (Carp.) A hole or excavation in beams intended to be joined together, to receive the key which fastens them. (b) (Mach.) a mortise for a key …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Keyhole urchin — Keyhole Key hole , n. 1. A hole or apertupe in a door or lock, for receiving a key. [1913 Webster] 2. (a) (Carp.) A hole or excavation in beams intended to be joined together, to receive the key which fastens them. (b) (Mach.) a mortise for a key …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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