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sawdust

[saw-duhst] /ˈsɔˌdʌst/
noun
1.
small particles of wood produced in sawing.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; saw1 + dust
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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

sawdust

/ˈsɔːˌdʌst/
noun
1.
particles of wood formed by sawing
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Word Origin and History for sawdust
n.

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

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