sand

noun
\ ˈsand \

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 , ˈsäⁿ(n)d, ˈsäⁿ\

Definition of Sand (Entry 3 of 3)

George 1804–1876 pseudonym of Amandine-Aurore-Lucie (or -Lucile) Dudevant \ dᵫd-​ˈväⁿ , 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

Le Sereno is the only design hotel offering the most number of rooms along the waterfront, while also offering one of only two beachfront feet-in-the-sand restaurants. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "The Best Room At ... Le Sereno St. Barts," 1 Feb. 2019 Hop on a world tour of photographer Gray Malin’s aerial images of sunbathers, with umbrellas dotting the sand like technicolor punctuation. Curbed Staff, Curbed, "18 enticing new books on design, cities, and more," 14 Dec. 2018 In a small pot, use a fork to combine sugar and 2 tablespoons water to form wet sand. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Churros with Chocolate-Caramel Sauce," 2 Oct. 2018 The incredibly fine quartzose sand gets incredibly hot. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Atins, a Hidden Paradise on the Northeast Coast of Brazil," 18 Jan. 2019 With cities like Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Miami, Florida’s Atlantic coast has seen its fair share of luxury condominiums peppering its golden sand. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "Just Outside Miami, New Development 2000 Ocean Is Redefining Luxury, One Minotti Furnishing at a Time," 18 Jan. 2019 Trade snow for sand this holiday season and spend your celebrations oceanside at Faena Miami Beach. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Kim Kardashian And Kanye West’s New Miami Condo Refills Their Gas Tanks," 17 Jan. 2019 Your two main free weights in the gym are dumbbells and barbells, but kettlebells, medicine balls, sand bags, heck, even tires are free weights. SELF, "Your Guide to Navigating the Free Weights at the Gym," 12 Jan. 2019 That said, two-wheel-drive mode does allow for some roosting and tail-kicking antics on low-grip surfaces like sand. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Can-Am's Outlander DPS 650 Is the Do-Anything ATV," 10 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Sprinkle sliced almonds, then sanding sugar, on top. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Table for 1: For solo diners, cooking at home offers many perks," 12 July 2018 Decades ago, researchers had suspected that the clams used acid, as well as perhaps sanding down the stone using their rough shells. Veronique Greenwood, New York Times, "This Burrowing Clam Is Not Boring. It Uses Acid to Make Its Home.," 14 June 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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The first known use of sand was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for sand

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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of sand

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

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