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sawmill (plural sawmills)

  1. A machine, building or company used for cutting (milling) lumber.
    He brought his portable sawmill and turned the old beams into interesting flooring.
    The old sawmill still has its waterwheel but they took the saw away years ago.
    The sawmill sells lumber to carpenters and sawdust to gardeners.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, in The Celebrity:
      My client welcomed the judge […] and they disappeared together into the Ethiopian card-room, which was filled with the assegais and exclamation point shields Mr. Cooke had had made at the sawmill at Beaverton.



sawmill (third-person singular simple present sawmills, present participle sawmilling, simple past and past participle sawmilled)

  1. (transitive) To process (lumber) in a sawmill.