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[saw-duhst] /ˈsɔˌdʌst/
small particles of wood produced in sawing.
Origin of sawdust
First recorded in 1520-30; saw1 + dust Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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
  • Somebody been demonstrating that your doll's stuffed with sawdust, Tracey?

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • These plants are found on pine and fir trunks and on sawdust heaps.

  • She's just full of sawdust, same as all dolls are, and she couldn't have any nerves.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Wouldn't it be more kind of you to leave me to discover the sawdust for myself?

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • Explain why ice is packed in straw or sawdust; why a sweater keeps you warm.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • In a few seconds, smoke would rise from the sawdust that formed.

  • The Croak's in Joliet doing three years for working the sawdust.'

  • Half the sawdust is in the box and is well pressed down so as to half fill it.

    On Laboratory Arts Richard Threlfall
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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