a handsaw for cutting metal, with a hard-steel blade in a frame under tension
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
(1) A handsaw in which a blade is the working member. A hacksaw for metalworking consists of a frame with a replaceable saw blade fastened to it. A hacksaw for cutting wood has a handle fastened to one end of a wedge-shaped blade. Hacksaws are also used for cutting other materials.
(2) A portable machine tool with a saw blade as the working member and with electric or pneumatic drive.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
A hand or power tool consisting of a fine-toothed blade held in tension in a bow-shaped frame; used for cutting metal, wood, and other hard materials.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
A saw having a blade (typically fine-toothed) which is supported in an adjustable metal frame; used for cutting metals.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.