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  1. small particles of wood produced in sawing.
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Origin of sawdust

First recorded in 1520–30; saw1 + dust
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  • Somebody been demonstrating that your doll's stuffed with sawdust, Tracey?

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • These plants are found on pine and fir trunks and on sawdust heaps.

  • She's just full of sawdust, same as all dolls are, and she couldn't have any nerves.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Wouldn't it be more kind of you to leave me to discover the sawdust for myself?


    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Explain why ice is packed in straw or sawdust; why a sweater keeps you warm.

    Common Science

    Carleton W. Washburne

British Dictionary definitions for sawdust


  1. particles of wood formed by sawing
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Word Origin and History for sawdust


1520s, from saw (n.1) + dust (n.).

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