saw·​mill | \ ˈsȯ-ˌmil How to pronounce sawmill (audio) \

Definition of sawmill

: a mill or machine for sawing logs

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Historically, these investments were in industrial assets — refineries, chemical plants, sawmills. Tom Maloneybloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Koch Industries bets on tech: ‘Do it or we’ll end up in the Dumpster’," 19 Aug. 2019 There will also be an antique telephone show and antique tractors and farm machinery on display, along with demonstrations of old-time plowing and threshing and a sawmill. Phil Marty,, "Celebrate ‘Shawshank,’ watch Illinois and Wisconsin battle it out in the Border War Beer Fest and more Midwest events," 19 July 2019 Includes demonstrations on wheat threshing, sawmill, shingle mill, bakers fan, stationary bailer, chain saw carver, corn shelling and grinding, blacksmithing and more. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Things to do in and around Baltimore this week: Madonnari Arts Festival, Baltimore Ukrainian Festival, Maryland Seafood Festival and more," 1 Sep. 2019 Southeast Alabama’s Henry County saw the opening today of the $40 million Abbeville Fiber sawmill, which will eventually employ about 115 people. William Thornton |, al, "$40 million sawmill opens in Henry County," 27 Aug. 2019 The company employs about 85 people at its sawmill, shipping operation and two retail building-supply yards. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lumber mill in Vilas County faces $348,000 fine following worker's death," 26 July 2019 According to federal data, there are only 25 sawmills in California, down from more than 100 in the 1980s, due in large part to curtailed logging in national forests over environmental concerns. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Logs Are Littering California Towns as Trees Are Cut to Prevent Wildfires," 14 June 2019 In 1987, the tribe opened a sawmill and began combining timber harvests with forest thinning and natural fire to develop healthy woodlands., "Amid winding mountain roads, a village pushes back its encroaching fire threat," 23 July 2019 Lumber was one of the main industries of the region, which supports the origin story that sausage gravy was also called sawmill gravy. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, "The surprising history served with a plate of biscuits and gravy," 22 July 2019

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1553, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sawmill

: a mill or factory where logs are sawed to make boards


saw·​mill | \ ˈsȯ-ˌmil How to pronounce sawmill (audio) \

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: a mill or factory having machinery for sawing logs

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