One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who saws timber for a living.
- ‘For the nomad sawyer, working in the shop one day, in the back yard the next, and at a buddy's place on the weekend, a lightweight, bench-top table saw is an ideal choice.’
- ‘These were the areas where teams of sawyers worked to saw out the various timbers to their finished dimensions.’
- ‘The size and number of sawpits would be determined by the ability of the timber merchant to acquire material and employ sawyers.’
- ‘He arrived on the Belgravia in 1864, with a 15-year sentence to serve for house-breaking and worked as a woodcutter, sawyer, fencer and general labouring teamster.’
- ‘They had a mill worked by bullocks, a general store, an Inn, a blacksmith, a pair of sawyers, several carpenters and a number of cobblers.’
- ‘Not only were numerous loggers, sawyers, and other timber industry employees injured (with a few being killed), but tens of thousands were put out of jobs.’
- ‘Opponents believe it's all a spin to provide more even-aged timber for the sawyers.’
- ‘Cabinetmakers' probate inventories frequently record debts to woodmen, sawyers, varnish makers, japanners, brass founders, and locksmiths.’
- ‘He was learning to be a sawyer, helping to provide the wood for the carpenters engaged at the ‘Big House’ where further modifications and extensions were being built on the West Front.’
- ‘He was a husband, father, farmer, sawyer, commercial fisherman, quarryman, storyteller and, every now and then, beer drinker.’
- ‘In 1754 an immigrant sawyer, who had begun a business in New York City, advertised that he had ‘a good house for keeping timber out of the weather.’’
- ‘Sometimes, in the mild English summers, the sawyers would work in sawpits in the woods, which often would have no covering at all.’
- ‘He eventually secured a job as a sawyer with an Edinburgh timber merchant, which gave him the means to support a wife and three small children.’
- ‘Mark estimates that any city of 50,000 or more easily generates enough ‘waste ‘wood to keep a custom sawyer busy.’’
- ‘Mills works as a sawyer in Tennessee, and his poems have the kind of down-home intelligence that comes from a man listening to people talk.’
- ‘These men often were working not only as sawyers but as carpenters, coopers, and shinglemakers as well.’
- ‘After Ray, who makes rolltop desks, watched a custom sawyer turn a log into lumber, he and Mark decided they wanted to make their own lumber.’
- ‘The respondents ran a small factory employing two sawyers - Mr Baird's son, and the applicant - who had worked for the business for many years when he had to undergo an operation on one of his eyes.’
- ‘A manual dial allows the sawyer to accurately choose the size of the lumber being targeted.’
- ‘At the highest level are craftsmen known as bosses, including carpenters, masons, electricians, welders, mechanics, and tree sawyers.’
2US An uprooted tree floating in a river but held fast at one end.
3A large longhorn beetle whose larvae bore tunnels in the wood of injured or recently felled trees, producing an audible chewing sound.
Genus Monochamus, family Cerambycidae
- ‘The pine sawyers are wood borers and emerge throughout the summer months as adults carrying the nematode from infested or non-infested pine trees.’
- ‘The pinewood nematode is transmitted from pine to pine by an insect vector, the pine sawyer.’
- 3.1NZ A large wingless bush cricket whose larvae bore in wood.
Middle English (earlier as sawer): from the noun saw + -yer.
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