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Definition of sand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


sanded; sanding; sands

Definition of sand (Entry 2 of 2)

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)

Synonyms for sand

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But, while rubber iterations will always be a sand-friendly option, try elevated versions with either leather bodies, or colorful details that will work off of the beach, too. Aemilia Madden, Vogue, 24 June 2022 Walking with your partner down a path lined with tiki torches and rose petals covering the sand to a table for two definitely sets the stage for a special evening. Adam Morganstern, Forbes, 24 June 2022 The water is cool and clear, and sand is fine, soft, and expands for miles at low tide. Brittany Bowker,, 23 June 2022 Over the last eight weeks, water has been flowing in parts of the delta once again, restoring a stretch of river in Mexico where previously there had been miles of desert sand. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2022 Once the attempt was confirmed as a foul, Davis turned back and threw her fist into the sand. oregonlive, 23 June 2022 The stroller can be converted to a two-wheel position to navigate through trickier terrains like sand or snow. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 23 June 2022 Abu Dhabi's fossil dunes rise up out of the surrounding desert like frozen waves in a violent ocean made of solid sand, their sides rippling with shapes defined by raging winds. Barry Neild, CNN, 23 June 2022 The Sulozom Crochet Swimsuit Cover-Up Dress is trendy and totally practical for the heat and sand alike, and many of the colors are on sale right now. Annie Burdick,, 23 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ravaged by Russian shells, the bridge, or what’s left of it, is an obstacle course of destruction, as if some unseen hand had tried to sand it off the face of the earth and finished halfway. New York Times, 21 June 2022 This venue is a restaurant and bar that hosts sand volleyball leagues and tournaments from Sunday through Friday. Charles Infosino, The Enquirer, 9 June 2022 This bar hosts sand volleyball leagues from Sunday to Friday. Charles Infosino, The Enquirer, 9 June 2022 But if just a patch or two is loose, scrape off the chips, then lightly sand to round over the sharp edges where the paint came off. Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2022 Wet the sandpaper and the headlight, then sand the lens in straight, horizontal strokes. Zachary Palmer, Popular Mechanics, 12 June 2021 Another option that costs even less than painting your cabinets is to strip and sand them. Hiranmayi Srinivasan, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Jan. 2022 Two of Biden's potential picks are cited most often as coming closest to the Breyer model of focusing primarily on building internal coalitions and trying to sand down the sharpest edges of the conservative majority's decisions. Ronald Brownstein, CNN, 8 Feb. 2022 Luckily, down the hill there was a company that mines and exports sand. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sand


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sand


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

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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


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


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Medical Definition of sand

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

Sand biographical name

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

Definition of Sand

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

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