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 Gruenten mountain was a pile of sawdust and splinters. Fox News, "Phallic landmark statue in Germany mysteriously disappears; police investigating," 2 Dec. 2020 Hang upside down to dry before cutting off the stalk, and store in boxes lined with newspaper, slightly damp sawdust, wood shavings or peat moss. Tim Johnson,, "Uproot delicate dahlia tubers now so they can overwinter indoors," 1 Nov. 2020 The pellets, which are made from compressing hardwood sawdust, resemble rabbit food pellets. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "Smoking meat made easy: Traeger grill lets you concentrate on the meat, not the fire," 29 Oct. 2020 The Smallhold team grows its mushrooms in bags that contain sawdust and other fillers. WSJ, "A Specialty Mushroom Business Grows in Brooklyn," 6 Sep. 2020 The counters sat high off the floor, and, true to old market traditions, there was always some sawdust on the polished terrazzo floor. Jacques Kelly,, "As Lexington Market rebuilds, memories of the old market flood back," 5 Sep. 2020 After seeding, mulch with a thin layer of sawdust, bark dust or compost. oregonlive, "What you need to know to get a tired lawn back into shape," 31 Aug. 2020 Some manufacturers had to get by with sawdust in their furnaces. Susan Berfield, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Coal Strike That Defined Theodore Roosevelt’s Presidency," 15 July 2020 Wood pellets are made by processing wood waste down to a uniform sawdust-like consistency and then forcing it through dies at high pressure. And Jeff Csatari, Popular Mechanics, "Master the Art of Barbecue with One of These Eight Tested and Approved Smokers," 12 June 2020

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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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4 Dec 2020

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“Sawdust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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