sand

noun
\ ˈsand How to pronounce sand (audio) \

Definition of sand

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a loose granular material that results from the disintegration of rocks, consists of particles smaller than gravel but coarser than silt, and is used in mortar, glass, abrasives, and foundry molds
b : soil containing 85 percent or more of sand and a maximum of 10 percent of clay broadly : sandy soil
2a : a tract of sand : beach
b : a sandbank or sandbar
3 : the sand in an hourglass also : the moments of a lifetime usually used in plural the sands of this government run out very rapidly — H. J. Laski
4 : an oil-producing formation of sandstone or unconsolidated sand
5 : firm resolution
6 : a yellowish-gray color

sand

verb
sanded; sanding; sands

Definition of sand (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to sprinkle or dust with or as if with sand
2 : to cover or fill with sand
3 : to smooth or dress by grinding or rubbing with an abrasive (such as sandpaper)

Sand

biographical name
\ ˈsand How to pronounce Sand (audio) , ˈsäⁿ(n)d, ˈsäⁿ\

Definition of Sand (Entry 3 of 3)

George 1804–1876 pseudonym of Amandine-Aurore-Lucie (or -Lucile) Dudevant \ dᵫd-​ˈväⁿ How to pronounce dᵫd-ˈväⁿ (audio) , dᵫ-​də-​\ née Dupin French writer

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Synonyms for sand

Synonyms: Noun

beach, beachfront, strand

Synonyms: Verb

buff, file, grind, hone, rasp, rub

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Examples of sand in a Sentence

Noun

The beaches are covered with pinkish sand. I have sand in my shoe. The children are playing in the sand. She walked across the hot sand.

Verb

You should sand the shelf before painting it. Be sure to sand before you paint the shelf. The streets are slippery because they haven't been sanded yet.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In 2015, my grandfather was contacted by a group claiming to have discovered the remains of his oldest brother, Roger Nielson, buried in the sand on a small island in the South Pacific. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Aquavit, and Why Are They Suddenly Making Scandinavian Booze in Colorado?," 24 Feb. 2019 And on a hot August day in 1988, a crew lowered the bomb through a hole drilled thousands of feet into the Nevada Test Site, then entombed it beneath millions of pounds of sand. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, "The Never Ending Quest To Simulate Doomsday," 17 Aug. 2018 The asteroid itself partially begins to flow like sand. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Counting on Blowing Up That Doomstay Asteroid? It Might Just Immediately Reform," 5 Mar. 2019 And like sand through the hourglass...we're likely to find out more information in due time! Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson’s New Talk Show Might Mean ‘Days of Our Lives’ Gets Canceled," 20 Sep. 2018 On a clear and sunny Friday morning, volunteers lugged large plastic kennels from a car in the Fort Baker parking lot onto the pebbly sand on the shoreline of the San Francisco Bay. Erin Stone, SFChronicle.com, "Once injured, starving pelicans are rehabilitated, freed on San Francisco Bay shoreline," 29 June 2018 For the first time in more than 100 years, watch bikes kick-up the sand on Bradford Beach. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 picks for Harley’s 115th Labor Day anniversary," 19 June 2018 Bud lashed palms trees and its waves pounded the sand on the Baja Peninsula, where memories were still fresh of the extensive damage done in 2014 by a direct hit from Category 3 Hurricane Odile. Washington Post, "Tropical Storm Carlotta forms off coast of Acapulco," 15 June 2018 Such was the case with Wildwood officers who were patrolling the sand on the holiday weekend. Barbara Boyer, Philly.com, "The cop in the Wildwood beach arrest that went viral on video was a temporary officer. Jersey Shore towns use them every summer," 1 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In this case, maybe a little Hollywood magic could sand out some of the flaws in the book and turn it into an enjoyable cinematic romp like The Martian turned out to be. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "'Artemis' by Andy Weir Is Getting the Movie Treatment," 17 July 2018 Only once you’re done sanding everything and ready to start priming, vacuum over the sanded areas and finish by wiping them off with a tack cloth. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know Before Painting Your Cabinets," 14 Nov. 2017 So, like any rational design-lover, Keltie decided to sand down the beams to remove the red stain, while opting for white walls to accentuate the height. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "This is How TV Personality Keltie Knight Crafted the Bedroom of Her Dreams," 25 Oct. 2018 Step 2: Wipe the shafts down with acetone to remove any sap, then lightly sand them. Andrew Del-colle And Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make a Bow and Arrow By Hand," 5 June 2018 After her eldest drilled pocket holes and screwed them into the wall, the youngest sanded down all the edges of the boards. Herrine Ro, Country Living, "This Tiny Bathroom Got a Big Ol' Countrified Makeover," 6 Oct. 2015 Mitchell effectively sands the edges off Marshall’s film (even if those edges weren’t all that sharp to begin with). Aja Romano, Vox, "Pretty Woman: The Musical is high on charm, low on substance," 17 Aug. 2018 Original floorboards were sanded, stripped, painted and oiled, resulting in a soft white hue with the grain of the wood subtly showing through. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "Behind the Scenes of a London Townhouse’s Modern Makeover," 15 Aug. 2018 The job now is sanding the spot smooth, but do it slowly. Ben Wojdyla, Popular Mechanics, "How to Fix Your Car's Dents and Dings," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of sand

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sand

Noun

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German sant sand, Latin sabulum, Greek psammos

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sand

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the very tiny, loose pieces of rock that cover beaches, deserts, etc.
: an area of sand
literary : the beach or desert

sand

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sand (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make the surface of something smooth by rubbing it with sandpaper
US : to spread sand over (an icy street, sidewalk, etc.) : to cover (something) with sand

sand

noun
\ ˈsand How to pronounce sand (audio) \

Kids Definition of sand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : loose material in grains produced by the natural breaking up of rocks
2 : a soil made up mostly of sand

sand

verb
sanded; sanding

Kids Definition of sand (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to sprinkle with sand The snowy roads were plowed and sanded.
2 : to smooth or clean with sandpaper

Other Words from sand

sander noun

sand

noun
\ ˈsand How to pronounce sand (audio) \

Medical Definition of sand

: gritty particles in various body tissues or fluids — see brain sand

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