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 But closer inspection often reveals the grainy, sawdust-like appearance of individual colonies. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Ironman Louisville cancels swimming portion due to toxic algae in Ohio River, no refunds," 11 Oct. 2019 The organic material repelling the water could be mostly chopped brush or even sawdust that has barely begun to decompose. Calvin Finch,, "You have mulch and compost questions; we have answers," 3 Oct. 2019 These small chips build up and result in a pile of coarse sawdust at the base of a tree. Tim Johnson,, "Carpenter ants build nests in wet, rotting wood," 3 July 2019 There are smaller options, too, like Stardust for Peace, a small glass bottle filled with sawdust made from the flooring for $19.69. Rachel Desantis,, "Rock Music Fans Can Now Own a Piece of the Woodstock Stage — in Necklace Form!," 15 Aug. 2019 In China, coal and biomass like wood chips and sawdust are burned for cooking and heating. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "In China, replacing coal and biomass stoves has saved lives," 21 Nov. 2018 The tests involved putting different fungi into a block of sawdust to see what happened, Amstislavski said. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Using fungi, UAA team develops biodegradable insulation for shipping Alaska seafood," 14 July 2019 There was the teenage barman Mikey Reilly with his pink cheeks and sawdust crew cut. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019 After making entry, firefighters discovered a fire in a sawdust collection system used in the wood-working business, which does routing and engraving of wood products. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fire damages wood-working business in Vista industrial building," 20 June 2019

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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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17 Nov 2019

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“Sawdust.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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