saw pit

or sawpit

  1. a place for pit sawing.

Origin of saw pit

First recorded in 1375–1425, saw pit is from the late Middle English word sawpytt.See saw1, pit1

Words Nearby saw pit Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use saw pit in a sentence

  • I have dug out the saw-pit, and have sawed the slabs for the sides of the pit, and made it quite secure.

  • Then after the logs were rolled on the saw-pit he whipped out the lumber in something less than two days.

    Heroes of To-Day | Mary R. Parkman
  • Being in want of plank I directed a saw-pit to be dug and employed some of the people to saw trees into plank.

  • Across the lake, a mile above a roaring torrent, they located a patch of spruce and built their saw-pit.

    The Red One | Jack London
  • The brethren are making a saw pit to saw lumber for a skiff.

    William Clayton's Journal | William Clayton

British Dictionary definitions for saw-pit


  1. (esp formerly) a pit above which a log is sawn into planks with a large pitsaw

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