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

Just yesterday, the Queen of Pop Instagrammed her 22-year-old daughter relaxing somewhere far-flung and sand-strewn (no geotag to be found, obvi). Vogue, "Lourdes Leon Hits the Beach in Complete Noughties Fashion," 8 Jan. 2019 Travel Leaders, which has 52,000 travel agents and caters to high-end travelers, says the lure of sand and sun has brought people back quickly to the islands. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Best Winter Travel Deals Move Overseas," 12 Dec. 2018 The train was hauling industrial sand and soybean oil, according to the railroad. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Iowa freight train derailment sends rail cars plunging into river," 24 Sep. 2018 The tarp is a temporary cap that will soon get more sand and grass atop it. Anne Geggis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Mount Trashmore, the landfill that's over 20 stories, will grow bigger and taller," 13 July 2018 Some materials, such as cement, dark rocks or even sand, can get very hot when left in the sun for a while. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Warm in the Sun," 12 July 2018 Rinse fur thoroughly with fresh water to remove salt, sand and slime from his coat. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "Hiking or camping with your dogs? How to keep them safe," 11 July 2018 The mother-son pair enjoyed a recent day of sun, surf and sand, snapping a photo together that the pregnant actress shared to Instagram over the weekend. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Pregnant Hilary Duff Shows Off Her Baby Bump at the Beach with Son: 'The Adventures We've Had'," 9 July 2018 Two wine barrels filled with human excrement, sand and gravel fragments, animal bones and an array of Renaissance-era rubbish have enabled Danish archaeologists to map the dietary and hygienic habits of a 17th-century Copenhagen neighborhood. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Unseal 17th-Century Danish Latrines to Discover Copenhageners’ Dietary Habits," 9 July 2018

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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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

sands : 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

: 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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