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[saw-mil] /ˈsɔˌmɪl/
a place or building in which timber is sawed into planks, boards, etc., by machinery.
Origin of sawmill
First recorded in 1545-55; saw1 + mill1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sawmill
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  • They turned into a vacant lot between a sawmill and a button factory.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • A sawmill was the largest figure of the town, and the railway station was the center.

    Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland
  • Anthony unearthed a college chum who was tally man at a sawmill.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • What for three consecutive nights could bring the manager down to the sawmill?

    The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts
  • At the time of the Roberts fight, he was running the sawmill for Dr. Blazer.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • My only sorrow is to think of them given over to the sawmill.

    Cavanagh: Forest Ranger Hamlin Garland
  • The next job undertaken was the foundation for the sawmill itself.

  • The house is on the river road, the fourth place above the sawmill.

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • She left the sawmill on John's Brook to her right; she turned into a wood-path.

    In the Wilderness Charles Dudley Warner
  • You look as if Liz had missed her cue, and you'd been through the sawmill!

    Two on the Trail

    Hulbert Footner
British Dictionary definitions for sawmill


an industrial establishment where timber is sawn into planks, etc
a large sawing machine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sawmill

1550s; see saw (n.1) + mill (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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