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sawdust n : fine particles of wood made by sawing wood

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  1. Collective name for the fine particles (dust) of wood created by sawing.

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dust created by sawing

Extensive Definition

For The Killers album, see Sawdust (album).
Sawdust is composed of fine particles of wood. This material is produced from cutting with a saw, hence its name. It has a variety of practical uses, including serving as a mulch, or as an alternative to clay cat litter, or as a fuel, or for the manufacture of particleboard. Until the advent of refrigeration, it was often used in icehouses to keep ice frozen during the summer. Historically, it has been treated as a by-product of manufacturing industries and can easily be understood to be more of a hazard, especially in terms of its flammability. It has also been used in artistic displays and as scatter. It is also sometimes used in bars in order to soak up spills, allowing the spill to be easily swept out the door. Perhaps the most interesting application of sawdust is in pykrete, a slow-melting, much stronger ice composed of sawdust and frozen water.

Science of sawdust

sawdust in Italian: Segatura (materiale)
sawdust in Japanese: オガクズ
sawdust in Norwegian: Sagflis
sawdust in Portuguese: Serragem
sawdust in Swedish: Sågspån
sawdust in Samogitian: Žiuogspėras

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