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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. 2016.
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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
  • And underneath his sawhorse there was a little pile of sawdust.

    Here and Now Story Book Lucy Sprague Mitchell
  • 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
  • One grain of sawdust on the floor might spoil the whole game.

    The Champdoce Mystery Emile Gaboriau
  • The next two tumblers crossed the sawdust and were helped by Collins up to the imaginary stage.

  • "This sawdust is mighty hard-packed, and feet deep," interrupted Tom.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • Perhaps for yards and yards around, the interior of the sawdust heap was a glowing furnace.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • It does seem as though there must be fire under this sawdust now.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
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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