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

Definition of sawdust

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

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The problem for Rivera, however, was that his cutter, the pitch that turned hundreds of bats into sawdust and dominated pretty much everybody, played directly into Martínez’s strengths. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Mariano Rivera Elected Unanimously to Baseball Hall of Fame," 22 Jan. 2019 Garage floors deal with a ton of abuse, from hot tires and dripping oil to sawdust and dirt. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Paint Your Garage Floor, It's Worth It," 31 Oct. 2016 Old, usually brown and dry plant materials, such as autumn leaves, straw and sawdust, are rich in carbon. Lee Reich, The Seattle Times, "Fall is the perfect time to build a compost bin," 16 Oct. 2018 Loscam prides itself on recycling its pallets; a new buyer might end up with a lot of sawdust on its hands. Ken Brown, WSJ, "How to Hedge a Trade War," 19 Sep. 2018 The eatery was known for its Western decor and sawdust on the floor. azcentral, "Iconic Arizona businesses that are closed," 4 Nov. 2014 Agents have found migrants in the backs of dump trucks and buried in sawdust. Nicholas Kulish, New York Times, "Border Patrol’s Last Line of Defense? It Isn’t at the Border," 9 July 2018 Once stored in an icehouse, the blocks of ice were covered with sawdust or straw to help prevent ice blocks from adhering to one another. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Ice 'harvesting' was an important cold cash industry," 29 June 2018 Both sides give off the dull, musty smells of work-glove function: stale sawdust and grease pierced with top notes of gasoline. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of sawdust

circa 1528, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sawdust was circa 1528

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English Language Learners Definition of sawdust

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


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Kids Definition of sawdust

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

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an enemy or opponent

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