saw·dust | \ˈsȯ-(ˌ)dəst \

Definition of sawdust 

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

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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 They are made of bamboo and a brown coating of compressed sawdust. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "Why fireworks in Georgia boom well after the 4th of July," 10 July 2018 Instead of burning split and seasoned hardwood, these gizmos, from $400 to $1,000, are fueled by what looks like rabbit food, small pellets of compressed sawdust. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "S.A.’s money’s no object, high-end outdoor kitchens," 2 July 2018 Snow or ice was long harvested from frozen lakes or nearby mountains, then packed in insulating materials — straw, sawdust, leaves, rabbit furs — and kept underground in ice houses through the summer months. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie,, "How ice cream made America," 30 June 2018 No sawdust carpeted the Safari's floor and no penny-ante players were tolerated there. Bill Savage, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Books / Booze / Food & Drink Can a Division Street cocktail bar truly capture the spirit of Nelson Algren?," 13 June 2018 There is a padded cockfighting arena, its floor covered in sawdust , complete with stadium-style seating. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "Who shot the cockfight ref? Secret arena outside Miami was packed but nobody's talking," 12 June 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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