Dictionary: SAV'OR – SAW'YER

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SAV'OR, n. [Fr. saveur; L. sapor; W. sawyr; Arm. saour; from L. sapio, to taste.]

  1. Taste or odor; something that perceptibly affects the organs of taste and smell; as, the savor of an orange or rose; an ill savor; a sweet savor. I smell sweet savors. Shak. In Scripture, it usually denotes smell, scent, odor. Lev. xxvi. Eccles. x.
  2. The quality which renders a thing valuable; the quality which renders other bodies agreeable to the taste. If the salt hath lost its savor … – Matth. v.
  3. In Scripture, character; reputation. Exod. v.
  4. Cause; occasion. 2 Cor. ii. Sweet savor, in Scripture, denotes that which renders a thing acceptable to God, or his acceptance. Hence, to smell a sweet savor, is to accept the offering or service. Gen. viii.

SA'VOR, v.i.

  1. To have a particular smell or taste.
  2. To partake of the quality or nature of; or to have the appearance of. The answers savor of a humble spirit; or they savor of pride. Wotton. Milton. I have rejected every thing that savors of party. Addison.

SA'VOR, v.t.

  1. To like; to taste or smell with pleasure. Shak.
  2. To like; to delight in; to favor. Matth. xvi.

SA'VOR-ED, pp.

Tasted or smelt with pleasure.

SA'VOR-I-LY, adv. [from savory.]

  1. With gust or appetite. Dryden.
  2. With a pleasing relish. Dryden.


Pleasing taste or smell; as, the savoriness of a pine-apple or a peach.


Destitute of smell or taste; insipid. Hall.


Well seasoned; of good taste.

SA'VOR-LY, adv.

With a pleasing relish. – Barrow.

SA'VOR-Y, a. [from savor.]

Pleasing to the organs of smell or taste; as, a savory odor. – Milton. Make me savory meat. – Gen. xxvii.

SA'VOR-Y, n. [Fr. savorée.]

A plant of the genus Satureia.

SA-VOY', n.

A variety of the common cabbage, (Brassica oleracea,) much cultivated for winter use. – Ed. Encyc.

SAW, n. [Sax. saga; G. säge; D. zaag; Sw. såga; Dan. saug; Fr. scie; It. sega. See the Verb.]

  1. A cutting instrument consisting of a blade or thin plate of iron or steel, with one edge dentated or toothed.
  2. A saying; proverb; maxim; decree. [Obs.] [See Say.] – Shak.

SAW, v. [pret. of See.]

SAW, v.i.

  1. To use a saw; to practice sawing; as, a man saws well.
  2. To cut with a saw; as, the mill saws fast or well.
  3. To be cut with a saw; as, the timber saws smooth.

SAW, v.t. [pret. sawed; pp. sawed or sawn. G. sägen; D. zaagen; Sw. såga; Dan. sauger; Norm. seguar; It. segare, to saw, cut, reap; L. seco; Fr. scier; allied to sickle.]

  1. To cut with a saw; to separate with a saw; as, to saw timber or marble.
  2. To form by cutting with a saw; as, to saw boards or planks; that is, to saw timber into boards or planks.


Dust or small fragments of wood or stone made by the attrition of a saw. – Mortimer.

SAW'ED, pp.

Cut, divided or formed with a saw.

SAW'ER, n.

One that saws; corrupted into Sawyer.


A fish of the genus Pristis, which has a long beak or snout, with spines growing like teeth on both edges, and four or five spiracles or breathing holes in the sides of the neck. – Encyc.

SAW'-FLY, n.

A genus of flies, (Tenthredo,) having a serrated sting. – Encyc.

SAW'-PIT, n.

A pit over which timber is sawed by two men, one standing below the timber and the other above. – Mortimer.


An instrument used to wrest or turn the teeth of saws a little outward, that they may make a kerf somewhat wider than the thickness of the blade.


A plant of the genus Serratula, so named from its serrated leaves.


  1. One whose occupation is to saw timber into planks or boards, or to saw wood for fuel.
  2. In America, a tree which, being undermined by a current of water, and falling into the stream, lies with its branches above water, which are continually raised and depressed by the force of the current, from which circumstance the name is derived. The sawyers in the Mississippi render the navigation dangerous, and frequently sink boats which run against them.