Definition of jigsaw in English:



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

    • ‘Finish the cutout with a sharp handsaw, jigsaw or reciprocating saw.’
    • ‘Personally I find the hacksaw method easier, I find my jigsaw is too fast and it melts the plastic rather than cutting it.’
    • ‘He needs a variety of power tools, drills, routers, circular saws, jigsaws and packets of blades.’
    • ‘Generally, use a handsaw or a circular saw to cut straight lines, a coping saw or a portable jigsaw to cut irregular lines.’
    • ‘For straight cuts use a circular saw or a handsaw; for curves use a portable jigsaw.’
    • ‘Cut out the drywall behind the baseboard with a jigsaw or drywall saw.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For this you will need a hacksaw or a jigsaw with a hacksaw blade.’
    • ‘You'll need a table saw or jigsaw, a sander, a drill press, and about three hours.’
    • ‘Check the hardware store for an extra length metal cutting jigsaw blade.’
    • ‘Use an X-ACTO Knife, utility knife or electric jigsaw and slowly insert the blade into the gourd.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are also certain types of tungsten-tipped circular saw and jigsaw blades available that will work with these products.’
    • ‘Tools required include only a circular saw, a jigsaw, and a router.’
    • ‘Use a jigsaw to crosscut the board adjacent to a joist.’
    • ‘A jigsaw with a fine-tooth blade may also be acceptable.’
    • ‘Oh, and how did we live so long without a 5-amp jigsaw with five blades?’
    • ‘He's about to replace a blade on the jigsaw when he hears someone shuffling up the gravel road.’


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