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

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  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 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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