saw·​dust | \ ˈsȯ-(ˌ)dəst How to pronounce sawdust (audio) \

Definition of sawdust

: fine particles (as of wood) made by a saw in cutting

Examples of sawdust in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Surrounded by sawdust and screws, Kirby MacLaurin and Doug Harris are voluntarily tearing up a duplex that the co-op hopes to renovate into a rental. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Jan. 2022 At the Jones home, Jason Jones picked up pieces of bark the tree had shed to reveal little piles of sawdust at the base of the tree. Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2021 But his latest 262-foot superyacht, which made its public at the Monaco Yacht Show, has no trace of sawdust and resin. Richard Alban, Robb Report, 15 Oct. 2021 Staff swept the sawdust out of hospital rooms under renovation to make more space, Scroggie said. al, 20 Aug. 2021 Inside the Texan warehouse farms of Smallhold, fungi like jumbo royal trumpets, blue oysters and almost-furry lion’s mane mushrooms pop out from blocks of sawdust. Chloe Sorvino, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 All the guts not desirable for eating is mixed with molasses and sawdust. oregonlive, 25 Aug. 2021 Students and adults are choking and wheezing from sawdust and plaster. Tom Nolan, WSJ, 6 Aug. 2021 Do not use sawdust as that will eventually lock up the nitrogen. oregonlive, 4 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of sawdust

circa 1528, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2022

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“Sawdust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of sawdust

: tiny particles of wood that are formed from sawing or sanding wood


saw·​dust | \ ˈsȯ-ˌdəst How to pronounce sawdust (audio) \

Kids Definition of sawdust

: tiny bits (as of wood) which fall from something being sawed

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