saw·​dust ˈsȯ-(ˌ)dəst How to pronounce sawdust (audio)
: fine particles (as of wood) made by a saw in cutting

Examples of sawdust in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This included an incense stick lit for five minutes, a mixture of flour, sawdust, and dirt placed around one floor mark, and a room deodorizer sprayed for 10 seconds. Alida Nugent, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Nov. 2023 Cut dahlia stems to one inch and store the tubers in the clump in sawdust or at the bottom of paper bags. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Sep. 2023 Or, dig tubers out of their soil and store them in sawdust, again in the cool location. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Sep. 2023 This device is great for powerfully cleaning up workspaces from sawdust or other debris and is great at pulling water out of carpets, too. Tom Price, Popular Mechanics, 6 Sep. 2023 Inside the armory, which until 1970 had sawdust flooring, the nonprofit expects to host a library branch, senior center, maker space, artists’ studios and basketball court. Lia Russell, Baltimore Sun, 10 Aug. 2023 Dust Collection Sanding generates a lot of sawdust, which is not only time-consuming to clean up, but also hazardous to your respiratory health. Alex Rennie, Popular Mechanics, 8 Aug. 2023 Wipe away any sawdust with a tack cloth when finished. Hannah Bruneman, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023 When Ikea’s changes reach the U.S. market in 2024, Billy buyers will essentially be getting sawdust, glue, and paper. Curbed, 4 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1528, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sawdust was circa 1528

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“Sawdust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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saw·​dust ˈsȯd-(ˌ)əst How to pronounce sawdust (audio)
: tiny particles (as of wood) made by a saw in cutting

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