sawdust

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sawdust fine particles of wood made by sawing wood
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sawdust Dust or small fragments of wood (or of stone, etc.) made by the cutting of a saw.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sawdust Dust or small fragments of wood, stone, or other material, but particularly of wood, produced by the attrition of a saw. Wood sawdust is used by jewelers, brass-finishers, etc., to dry metals which have been pickled and washed. Boxwood sawdust is considered the best for jewelry, because it is free from turpentine or resinous matter. That of beechwood is the next best. Sawdust is used for packing, and, on account of its properties as a non-conductor of heat, as filling in walls, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sawdust dust or small pieces of wood, &c., made in sawing
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Quotations

  • Dale Carnegie
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    “All the king's horses and all the king's men can't put the past together again. So let's remember: Don't try to saw sawdust.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. saga; Ger. säge.

Usage

In literature:

The waste in sawdust is about one-fifth of the log.
"Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes
Song Stories of the Sawdust Trail.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
Clean and polish in hot sawdust.
"Scientific American, Volume XLIII., No. 25, December 18, 1880" by Various
Finally, the ink is washed off with turpentine, the glass rubbed over with sawdust, washed in hot lye and rinsed with water.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 1157, March 5, 1898" by Various
You ought to thank Sissy, ma'am, for proving that he is not really stuffed with sawdust.
"The Madigans" by Miriam Michelson
I would be that brute's death if he were thirty years younger, and made of anything else than sawdust.
"Doom Castle" by Neil Munro
They claim sawdust will help keep them away.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Forty-Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
The earthen floor of the barn was covered with sawdust, and all around the sides of the barn were cages containing many animals.
"Tum Tum, the Jolly Elephant" by Richard Barnum
In the centre of the court was a pile of sawdust, surmounted by a flag.
"The Pirate City" by R.M. Ballantyne
Some sawdust gives a bad flavor to the fruit.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
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In poetry:

He gnawed and gnawed through sun and rain
When the ambitious fit was on,
Then rested in the sawdust till
A month of idleness had gone.
"Popcorn, Glass Balls, And Cranberries" by Vachel Lindsay
The red-faced man, ceased wandering,
Never came to the boulevards
Nor covertly spat in the sawdust
Sunk in his collar
Shuffling the cards;
"Message From Abroad" by Allen Tate
Smoke from the pyramidal sawdust pile
Curls up, blue ghosts of trees, tarrying low
Where only chips and stumps are left to show
The solid proof of former domicile.
"Georgia Dusk" by Jean Toomer
"You boil it in sawdust: you salt it in glue:
You condense it with locusts and tape:
Still keeping one principal object in view—
To preserve its symmetrical shape."
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
Rosemary, Rosemary, let down your hair!
The cow's in the hammock, the crow's in the chair!
I was making you songs out of sawdust and silk,
But they came in to call and they spilt them like milk.
"A Nonsense Song" by Stephen Vincent Benet

In news:

Sawdust bedding isn't always the best.
Second generation takes over family home and sends the sawdust flying.
Sawdust Festival kicks off summer arts in Laguna.
Two laptops vs coffee, nails and sawdust .
Sawdust Hill Road closed indefinitely.
POULSBO — The Kitsap County Public Works Department has closed NW Sawdust Hill Road, between Stottlemyer Road and Big Valley Road NE, until predictable dry weather is forecast.
Woodpecker may turn airport plan to sawdust .
A tree that cast its broad shadow over New Germany's main street for decades was reduced to firewood and sawdust Tuesday.
Sawdust Festival still feast for senses.
Inside are numerous woodworking machines, stacks of projects in various stages of completion, and sawdust everywhere.
Other yogurts will turn to sawdust in your mouth once you've tried the homemade product at Soho newcomer the YOGHURT PLACE II.
Sawdust Art Festival's Winter Fantasy open.
Sawdust bedding isn't always the best.
Deputies were called out to Tin Shanty Road, near Sawdust Pile in Charlton Township at around 3:00pm Saturday.
"It's hard to believe, but you would come home and find a pile of sawdust," said Joe.
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