sand·​bar | \ ˈsan(d)-ˌbär How to pronounce sandbar (audio) \

Definition of sandbar

: a ridge of sand built up by currents especially in a river or in coastal waters

Examples of sandbar in a Sentence

We walked out onto the sandbar at low tide.
Recent Examples on the Web The victim at Sleeping Bear Dunes was a 19-year-old man who drowned after swimming out to a sandbar 180 feet from the shore, according to the GLSRP. Kaleb A. Brown, Detroit Free Press, "Group says Great Lakes drowning cases spiked over holiday weekend," 8 July 2020 Lose yourself in the natural grandeur and look forward to mind-blowing sunsets of purples, pinks, and reds, and fresh seafood feasts along the beach—or even out on a sandbar. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 14 Best Private Island Resorts," 2 July 2020 The ship carried a load of rifles, ammunition and machetes for Cuban revolutionaries, but a collision with a sandbar and the battering ocean waves left the steamer taking on water. Kelly Scott Franklin, WSJ, "Buoyant Hope and Sinking Despair," 12 June 2020 Park Point Beach, Duluth, Minnesota Located on Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world, Park Point Beach is the world’s longest freshwater sandbar. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "25 Best Beaches in the U.S.," 20 May 2020 From bankfishing ponds to riverside sandbars, a good rod holder like this allows you to keep an eye on your rigs without touching them. Outdoor Life, "Must-have tackle for catching channel catfish," 14 May 2020 Four rare sandbar shark pups — two male, two female — showed off their ability to feed off of a stick on Thursday in celebration of their one-month birthday. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "OdySea Aquarium is closed. But you can see a baby shark video and more online," 30 Mar. 2020 Four shark species, included sandbar sharks, sand tiger sharks, lemon sharks and nurse sharks, can be spotted in the shark exhibit. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "Take a virtual tour of a Phoenix museum or other fun spots during COVID-19. Most are free," 8 Apr. 2020 Sandy and flat where its sibling islands are steep and rugged, Anegada — the most northeastern island in the B.V.I., and the only coral island in the volcanic chain — resolved into view like an overgrown sandbar during the one-hour crossing. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Who Needs a Caribbean Yacht When You Can Take the Ferry?," 10 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of sandbar

1766, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sandbar was in 1766

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17 Jul 2020

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“Sandbar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sandbar

: a raised area of sand with a top that is near or just above the surface of the water in an ocean, lake, or river


sand·​bar | \ ˈsand-ˌbär How to pronounce sandbar (audio) \

Kids Definition of sandbar

: a ridge of sand formed in water by tides or currents

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