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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Saw, n.  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.
 Note:Saw is frequently used adjectively, or as the first part of a compound.
 Band saw, Crosscut saw, etc. See under Band, Crosscut, etc.
 Circular saw, a disk of steel with saw teeth upon its periphery, and revolved on an arbor.
 Saw bench, a bench or table with a flat top for for sawing, especially with a circular saw which projects above the table.
 Saw file, a three-cornered file, such as is used for sharpening saw teeth.
 Saw frame, the frame or sash in a sawmill, in which the saw, or gang of saws, is held.
 Saw gate, a saw frame.
 Saw gin, the form of cotton gin invented by Eli Whitney, in which the cotton fibers are drawn, by the teeth of a set of revolving circular saws, through a wire grating which is too fine for the seeds to pass.
 Saw grass Bot., any one of certain cyperaceous plants having the edges of the leaves set with minute sharp teeth, especially the Cladium Mariscus of Europe, and the Cladium effusum of the Southern United States. Cf. Razor grass, under Razor.
 Saw log, a log of suitable size for sawing into lumber.
 Saw mandrel, a mandrel on which a circular saw is fastened for running.
 Saw pit, a pit over which timbor is sawed by two men, one standing below the timber and the other above. --Mortimer.
 Saw sharpener Zool., the great titmouse; -- so named from its harsh call note. [Prov. Eng.]
 Saw whetter Zool., the marsh titmouse (Parus palustris); -- so named from its call note. [Prov. Eng.]
 Scroll saw, a ribbon of steel with saw teeth upon one edge, stretched in a frame and adapted for sawing curved outlines; also, a machine in which such a saw is worked by foot or power.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cross·cut, n.
 1. A short cut across; a path shorter than by the high road.
 2. Mining A level driven across the course of a vein, or across the main workings, as from one gangway to another.
 Crosscut saw. (a) A saw, the teeth of which are so set as to adapt it for sawing wood crosswise of the grain rather than lengthwise. (b) A saw managed by two men, one at each end, for cutting large logs crosswise.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 crosscut saw
      n : handsaw that cuts at right angles to the grain (or major
          axis)