sand·​bank | \ ˈsan(d)-ˌbaŋk How to pronounce sandbank (audio) \

Definition of sandbank

: a large deposit of sand forming a mound, hillside, bar, or shoal

Examples of sandbank in a Sentence

The ship ran aground on a sandbank.
Recent Examples on the Web In the country's biggest ever whale beaching, 470 whales were first spotted on a wide sandbank during an aerial reconnaissance of rugged Macquarie Harbor in Tasmania state last Monday. NBC News, "Australia begins disposal of hundreds of dead whales as rescue efforts end," 26 Sep. 2020 Visitors here will find a long sandbank extending into the azure water that feels otherworldly. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, "12 Beautiful Beaches in the Maldives You Have to See to Believe," 3 Aug. 2020 The water levels have also become unusually low, exposing sandbanks in the middle of the river. Washington Post, "Experts say Mekong River’s new color a worrying sign," 5 Dec. 2019 Instead, get a quart-sized bucket, dig a hole in a likely mud or sandbank, and bury the bucket so that the top is flush with the soil surface. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, "The Ultimate Guide to Catching and Keeping Saltwater Live Bait," 2 Jan. 2020 Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy Rising up from vast sandbanks and powerful tides, the rocky island of Mont Saint-Michel gives off an otherworldly appearance in its position off France's northwestern coast in Normandy. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Beautiful Places in France," 5 Nov. 2019 The water levels have also become unusually low, exposing sandbanks that allow the curious to stand in the middle of the river. Washington Post, "Mekong River’s new aquamarine color may be sign of trouble," 6 Dec. 2019 Each fall to this day, when the river recedes, a sandbank emerges that can accommodate a pop-up city for millions of believers. Andrew Stark, WSJ, "‘Living With the Gods’ Review: The Gang’s All Here," 16 Nov. 2018 Along the way, travelers will hit tourist highlights: The Louvre and Eiffel Tower in Paris and Mont Saint-Michel abbey in Normandy, which is accessible by car across a sandbank but isolated by water when high tide sweeps in. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "His great-uncle died at D-Day in Normandy. Now this veteran, and his bandmates, will march there. | Charlotte Observer," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of sandbank

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Sandbank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sandbank

: a raised area of sand in a river, ocean, etc.

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