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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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Examples from the Web for sawdust
Contemporary Examples
  • Before the FDA started cracking down, grocers might stretch your coffee with other kinds of beans, your flour with sawdust.

  • Today Maddow concedes that occasionally she must come down off her trapeze and strut in the sawdust with the rest of the circus.

Historical Examples
  • If the bottom of the trap is of wire place it on sawdust, so that the rats are comfortable in it.

    All about Ferrets and Rats Adolph Isaacsen
  • Somebody been demonstrating that your doll's stuffed with sawdust, Tracey?

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • Well sing Id rather be a Randallite, and live on sawdust pie, than go to any other place beneath the bright blue sky!

    For the Honor of Randall Lester Chadwick
  • She's just full of sawdust, same as all dolls are, and she couldn't have any nerves.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The next two tumblers crossed the sawdust and were helped by Collins up to the imaginary stage.

  • Explain why ice is packed in straw or sawdust; why a sweater keeps you warm.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • Perhaps for yards and yards around, the interior of the sawdust heap was a glowing furnace.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • The Croak's in Joliet doing three years for working the sawdust.'

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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