saw-n; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: an adage or proverb

Commentary: SAW[+event][+speech_act][+proverb]

John quoted the old saw about 'out of sight out of mind'.
Her grandmother was fond of repeating the saw about catching more flies with sugar than with vinegar.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a hand tool for cutting

Commentary: SAW[+artifact][+tool][+hand][+for_cutting]

Sally put the board on a sawhorse and cut it in two with a saw.
John has a beautiful set of hand saws he inherited from his father.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: a power tool that is used for cutting

Commentary: SAW[+artifact][+tool][+power][+for_cutting]

He had to buy some gasoline for his chain saw.
I bought an extension cord so I could connect the circular saw to the outlet in the garage.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3