saw·mill | \ˈsȯ-ˌmil \

Definition of sawmill 

: a mill or machine for sawing logs

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Before the advent of the sawmill, making logs into usable lumber was a slow, arduous, and manpower-intensive process. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Gawk at the Mesmerizing Machinery of a Wind-Powered Sawmill," 18 May 2016 The conservation group Oregon Wild on Friday sent a letter to Gov. Kate Brown asking her to have the state claw back the remaining public investment in a southern Oregon sawmill project that went belly-up. Gordon R. Friedman,, "Conservationists ask Kate Brown to claw back taxpayer money from failed sawmill project," 30 Mar. 2018 The phenomenon injects some economic energy into an area once dominated by sawmills, lumberyards and tanneries. Washington Post, "TravelLab: In a forest on the trail of synchronous fireflies," 20 June 2018 Wood chips, byproduct of area sawmills, bound for China pulp mills. Robert Earle Howells,, "Insider: A sea captain’s guide to Eureka," 5 July 2018 Oregon's tax and economic development agencies are trying to determine a response after the owners of a shuttered Southern Oregon sawmill missed a May 3 deadline to return or reinvest $1 million in taxpayer incentives. Hillary Borrud,, "Oregon could claw back $1 million tax credit from failed sawmill," 11 May 2018 He was raised by his father, a farmer and sawmill operator, after his mother left the family when Mr. Hall was 4. Terence Mcardle, Washington Post, "Rick Hall, whose Alabama studio produced hits by Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett, dies at 85," 4 Jan. 2018 Milwaukee became the largest shipper of wheat on the planet in the early 1860s, Gurda reports. Flowing water powered flour mills, sawmills and other businesses, but flooding disrupted low-lying mills and factories. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee loves its rivers and Lake Michigan — and keeps abusing them, too," 3 July 2018 The 3,000-odd residents of the former sawmill-and -sugar-plantation town are so familiar with one another that their dogs run free on its streets. Katia Dmitrieva,, "In Louisiana, Trump’s Trade War Spooks America’s Biggest Port," 27 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of sawmill

: a mill or factory having machinery for sawing logs

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