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[saw-duhst] /ˈsɔˌdʌst/
small particles of wood produced in sawing.
Origin of sawdust
1520-30; saw1 + dust Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Near the base of one maple, she found a beetle sprinkled with sawdust, its head submerged in a dime-size hole in the tree's trunk.
  • On wide stone staircases there are inexplicable drifts of chunky sawdust, as if someone has been chain-sawing the banisters.
  • Packed with sawdust in the thick-walled, partially buried building, the blocks would stay frozen well into summer.
  • Around its base was piled sawdust, held in place by heavy planks nailed to the floor.
  • Poultry droppings are another possibility if you have straw or sawdust to mix with it.
  • Next, needles were placed in tumbling barrels full of coarse hardwood sawdust in order to be cooled and polished.
  • The sawdust in the icehouse makes a comfortable bottom in which to root, and a warm bed.
  • It is the last night, and the last act has played and bowed and left the sawdust ring.
  • She returned to the table, brushing sawdust off her boots.
  • Smoldering hills of sawdust landfill send white smoke across the bridge, which mixes with diesel exhaust from the traffic.
British Dictionary definitions for sawdust


particles of wood formed by sawing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sawdust

1520s, from saw (n.1) + dust (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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