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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There was a Sikh in a sawmill, had been driver in a mountain battery at home.

  • My only sorrow is to think of them given over to the sawmill.

    Cavanagh: Forest Ranger Hamlin Garland
  • Dick, you look out for the sawmill, and see if there is any funny business being done with the saw.

  • The next job undertaken was the foundation for the sawmill itself.

  • As a young man of twenty-seven he was running a sawmill in Springfield when he first heard of the reaper.

    The Romance of the Reaper Herbert Newton Casson
  • They turned into a vacant lot between a sawmill and a button factory.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Susan Walton ain't got a mortgage on his sawmill, or he wouldn't be so gol dern frisky about votin' ag'in her!

    The Co-Citizens Corra Harris
  • A sawmill was the largest figure of the town, and the railway station was the center.

    Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland
  • When I was young I worked in a sawmill and I come down here to hear them file that saw.

    The Key to Success Russell H. Conwell
  • Anthony unearthed a college chum who was tally man at a sawmill.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem Amanda Minnie Douglas
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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