1. One that is employed in sawing wood.
2. Any of several long-horned beetles of the genus Monochamus having larvae that bore holes in weakened or dead conifers or in lumber.
3. A tree or a part of a tree that bobs in a river or other body of water, causing a danger to navigation.
[Middle English sauere, sawier, from sawen, to saw, from sawe, saw; see SAW1.]
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