Origin of sawmill

First recorded in 1545–55; saw1 + mill1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for sawmill

Historical Examples of sawmill

  • They turned into a vacant lot between a sawmill and a button factory.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for sawmill


  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

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

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