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

Beach wheelchairs have large, wide wheels that can roll on the sand without sinking. Priscella Vega, latimes.com, "Huntington Beach resident partners with retired Disney Imagineer to help everyone enjoy the beach with motorized wheelchairs," 3 July 2019 Wyke-Smith opens with a description of Watkyns Bay, where scores of children can be glimpsed playing on the sand and in the water. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "Before Tolkien created hobbits, there were Snergs. And oh, how delightful they were!," 26 June 2019 On the sand, the wind forms ripples and small dunes. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Curiosity rover detects highest levels of methane on Mars," 24 June 2019 During this time of year, sea turtles emerge from the ocean to lay eggs on the sand at night on Florida’s beaches. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, "Green sea turtle nests could beat record highs on the Space Coast this season. Here’s why.," 21 June 2019 For a day on the sand, Stewart Beach offers free sandcastle-building lessons and Family Beach Challenge events throughout the summer. Houston Chronicle, "Experience Galveston Island in unique ways this summer," 14 June 2019 The private waterfront property with meadows, cypress and eucalyptus groves, white sand bay beaches, and stylishly restored, shabby-chic cabanas, was once owned by the Grateful Dead’s physician. Richard Stenger, SFChronicle.com, "Everything you need to know about the oyster capital of California," 3 July 2018 Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas, Krabi Close your eyes and picture yourself on a white-sand beach with the Andaman Sea on one side and towering limestone cliffs on the other. Alisha Prakash, USA TODAY, "9 remote resorts in Thailand: Luxurious seclusion for when you want to get lost," 20 June 2019 The Dominican Republic, with its white-sand beaches and all-inclusive resorts, draws 6.6 million tourists annually—with 3.3 million vacationers coming from the U.S. and Canada, according to figures released by the government. Talal Ansari, WSJ, "FBI and Dominican Republic Officials Investigate Tourist Deaths," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Complete the shelf by sanding lightly with 120-grit sandpaper and then applying the finish of your choice. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Three Ways to Build Your Own Shelves," 24 Jan. 2019 However, the thought of manually sanding it off sounds so much worse than actually having to look at the ceiling itself. Maddie Hiatt, House Beautiful, "This Is The Easiest Way to Remove Popcorn Ceilings," 4 Mar. 2019 After scraping and sanding a surface, don’t forget the most important step: Remove all dust with a vacuum, followed by a tack cloth. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "10 Smart Spray Painting Tips for a Great-Looking Paint Job," 11 Mar. 2019 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

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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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