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sawmill

[saw-mil] /ˈsɔˌmɪl/
noun
1.
a place or building in which timber is sawed into planks, boards, etc., by machinery.
Origin of sawmill
1545-1555
First recorded in 1545-55; saw1 + mill1
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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

sawmill

/ˈsɔːˌmɪl/
noun
1.
an industrial establishment where timber is sawn into planks, etc
2.
a large sawing machine
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Word Origin and History for sawmill
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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