sandbank

noun
sand·bank | \ˈsan(d)-ˌbaŋk \

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.

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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 Teens, parents and faculty are working overtime to transform the school in a tropical paradise complete with synthetic sandbanks, Hawaiian themed huts, and a 16-foot waterfall. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Is this the best prom in America? This Pennsylvania high school dance has a 6-figure budget.," 23 Apr. 2018 Hippos goggled at us from their muddy pools; crocodiles blinked from sandbanks. Paul Theroux, Town & Country, "A Royal Pain," 17 June 2013 Nearby, in Rameswaram, Vinay Nair, 34, an engineer visiting from Bangalore, breathlessly explained how the sandbanks outlined the shape of Rama Setu. Kai Schultz, New York Times, "In India, a Ghost Town and a Mythological Bridge," 3 Oct. 2017 The island would be around two square miles in size and would be located in the Dogger Bank, a windy shallow sandbank around 60 miles off the coast of England. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Plan to Build a Wind Farm Island by 2050," 19 May 2017 Huddling in the wind, walled in by desert sandbanks, they have been driven there by war. Bill Neely, NBC News, "ISIS Infiltrates the Rukban Refugee Camp at Jordan-Syria Border," 8 May 2017 Ireland approves the world's largest offshore wind park, 200 turbines on a sandbank 15 miles long and a mile wide. Peter Schwartz And Doug Randall, WIRED, "How Hydrogen Can Save America," 1 Apr. 2003 Up to 25 percent of the world’s maritime traffic passes through the strait, which often has bad weather, cramped shipping lanes, strong currents, sandbanks and a wide range of tides. Philippe Sotto, The Seattle Times, "Oil tanker collides with cargo ship in Dover Strait off UK," 1 July 2017

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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sandbank

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sandbank

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

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