Definition of jigsaw in English:

jigsaw

noun

  • 1A puzzle consisting of a picture printed on cardboard or wood and cut into various pieces of different shapes that have to be fitted together.

    ‘time is passed by doing jigsaws’
    • ‘The houses interlocked like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and every window blazed with light.’
    • ‘The scene is then printed block by block, with layers of color filling in the image like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.’
    • ‘Burnley boss Steve Cotterill is still looking for three pieces to complete his jigsaw puzzle.’
    • ‘The scattered devices lay across the floor like shattered pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.’
    • ‘He gets nothing other than the pleasure of putting all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle together.’
    • ‘This box's contours are also unevenly matched and fit together like warped pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.’
    • ‘But when Frakture put these jigsaws together they didn't fit properly.’
    • ‘Like a jigsaw puzzle, a successful hockey team consists of many pieces.’
    • ‘Lee compares planning to putting together the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, garden walls and fences are arranged in a complicated jigsaw to maximize private open space.’
    • ‘But for him and Mindy, they just kind of clicked easily, like two correct pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.’
    • ‘Get the whole family together to work a giant jigsaw puzzle together.’
    • ‘Proteins are like jigsaw puzzle pieces that are designed to fit together.’
    • ‘The exercise is like putting together the pieces in a jigsaw puzzle.’
    • ‘It is nothing like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, one piece at a time, with little sense of urgency.’
    • ‘I thought it would be like a piece of my jigsaw puzzle missing, to not see Rajan again much.’
    • ‘Nine different crews then delivered these parts into space where the giant jigsaw puzzle was pieced together.’
    • ‘We used to have to think of the names of flowers as answers to puzzles, or to put together the pieces of a picture, like a jigsaw puzzle.’
    • ‘Each of the panels was individually numbered and fitted together on-site like a giant jigsaw.’
    • ‘Activities that focus your mind such as doing cross word puzzles or a jigsaw puzzle have been reported as helpful.’
    1. 1.1A mystery that can only be resolved by assembling various pieces of information.
      ‘help the police put all the pieces of the jigsaw together’
      • ‘For me, the article is an interesting piece of a jigsaw I'm assembling in my mind.’
      • ‘Obtaining planning permission, should we achieve it, will be the final piece in the jigsaw.’
      • ‘There are many pieces in the jigsaw which are still missing.’
      • ‘Only by delving through minutes in the county archives has the jigsaw been put together.’
      • ‘They could then be more at ease with themselves afterwards and their information could form a vital piece to complete the jigsaw.’
      • ‘As Mr. Pryor said, he nailed the pathway and completed the jigsaw.’
      • ‘But it is not just a matter of uncovering more historical information in order to complete the jigsaw.’
      • ‘My mother and grandfather are also there, so this would be the missing piece of the jigsaw for our family.’
      • ‘Piecing together this complicated jigsaw, a picture emerges, of a regime in crisis.’
      • ‘Stuff is only useful when all the pieces to complete the jigsaw are assembled.’
      • ‘So that was the kind of magic last piece of the jigsaw that made it possible.’
      • ‘So, at long last, the pieces of the jigsaw fell into place.’
      • ‘Now it's a question of putting the jigsaw that has broken apart back together again.’
      • ‘Sometimes these snippets of information have been the final piece of the jigsaw, which has enabled us to obtain a search warrant and make an arrest.’
      • ‘We have been given a number of leads, but we are still waiting for some vital pieces of the jigsaw to fall into place.’
      • ‘But the last part of the jigsaw is missing.’
      • ‘Narratives were assembled like jigsaws with pieces missing.’
      • ‘‘This is the final piece in the jigsaw,’ he said.’
      • ‘You know you have solved a good jigsaw when all the pieces fit together.’
      • ‘We would all like to see that final piece of the jigsaw put in place, to allow the Lamplugh family to move on.’
  • 2A machine saw with a fine blade enabling it to cut curved lines in a sheet of wood, metal, or plastic.

    • ‘He needs a variety of power tools, drills, routers, circular saws, jigsaws and packets of blades.’
    • ‘Tools required include only a circular saw, a jigsaw, and a router.’
    • ‘Generally, use a handsaw or a circular saw to cut straight lines, a coping saw or a portable jigsaw to cut irregular lines.’
    • ‘He's about to replace a blade on the jigsaw when he hears someone shuffling up the gravel road.’
    • ‘For this you will need a hacksaw or a jigsaw with a hacksaw blade.’
    • ‘Oh, and how did we live so long without a 5-amp jigsaw with five blades?’
    • ‘For straight cuts use a circular saw or a handsaw; for curves use a portable jigsaw.’
    • ‘Check the hardware store for an extra length metal cutting jigsaw blade.’
    • ‘A jigsaw with a plaster-cutting blade will make the job easier, but be careful not to cut through existing cables hidden in the ceiling.’
    • ‘There are also certain types of tungsten-tipped circular saw and jigsaw blades available that will work with these products.’
    • ‘Personally I find the hacksaw method easier, I find my jigsaw is too fast and it melts the plastic rather than cutting it.’
    • ‘Use a jigsaw to crosscut the board adjacent to a joist.’
    • ‘You'll need a table saw or jigsaw, a sander, a drill press, and about three hours.’
    • ‘Use an X-ACTO Knife, utility knife or electric jigsaw and slowly insert the blade into the gourd.’
    • ‘Bore a starter hole for the blade well inside the line; and use a fine-tooth standard (up-cutting) jigsaw blade.’
    • ‘You can also use a circular saw, jigsaw or panel saw to do it.’
    • ‘Cut out the drywall behind the baseboard with a jigsaw or drywall saw.’
    • ‘A jigsaw with a fine-tooth blade may also be acceptable.’
    • ‘Cut the templates by carefully sawing to your lines with a jigsaw or on the band saw, then fair and smooth the curves with a rasp and 150-grit sandpaper.’
    • ‘Finish the cutout with a sharp handsaw, jigsaw or reciprocating saw.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from the verb jig + the noun saw.

Pronunciation:

jigsaw

/ˈdʒɪɡsɔː/