sand·​bank ˈsan(d)-ˌbaŋk How to pronounce sandbank (audio)
: 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 Visitors here will find a long sandbank extending into the azure water that feels otherworldly. Maya Kachroo-Levine, Travel + Leisure, 13 June 2023 Aligning with the accounts of eyewitnesses, footage released by Al Jazeera shows people climbing over sandbanks toward safety amid the sound of gunfire. Leila Sackur, NBC News, 14 Mar. 2024 When the waters are low, the heavy boats, laden with metal and with foodstuffs, run aground on the sandbanks of the river. Michelle Orange, Harper's Magazine, 13 Dec. 2023 The resort’s latest offering is the new Shack, located on a private sandbank. Katie Lockhart, Robb Report, 21 Nov. 2023 Environmental factors such as water temperature and even the angle of sandbanks where females like to nest can be a factor in fertilization and hatching success. Isabella Volmert, Dallas News, 31 Aug. 2023 Bill Milner normally took to the quiet waters of the Neches River to fish for bass or lunch on a sandbank. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2023 Earlier this year, a migrant boat navigating on that route slammed into a sandbank just off a Calabrian beach town and broke apart. Frances D'emilio, ajc, 8 June 2023 With hype comes commerce: The area has a heavy concentration of restaurants, beach vendors, bars, resorts, and outfitters for water sports and excursions (deep-sea fishing, sunset cruises, and trips to the incredible Nakupenda Beach sandbank off of Stone Town are especially popular). Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sandbank was in the 15th century

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“Sandbank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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sand·​bank -ˌbaŋk How to pronounce sandbank (audio)
: a large deposit of sand

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