sand·​bar ˈsan(d)-ˌbär How to pronounce sandbar (audio)
: 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 Quick facts about American Safari Camp Established: 2010 Areas of Operation: Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Montana Company Motto: Leave no trace Wildest place tent pitched: A sandbar in the middle of the Colorado River This article appeared in the April 2024 issue of Condé Nast Traveler. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Apr. 2024 On Sunday morning, the Venice Police Department announced that the local beach Service Club Park would be closed after a 44-foot-long male sperm whale had beached itself on a sandbar, according to the City of Venice. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 11 Mar. 2024 Intended to help navigate the shallow waters of Western rivers, and possibly inspired by Lincoln’s own experience getting stuck on a sandbar on a journey back to Illinois, the design was never manufactured. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, 12 Mar. 2024 The City of Venice said the whale is located on a sandbar about 50 yards out from Service Club Park. Sarah Al-Arshani, USA TODAY, 10 Mar. 2024 As the spoonbills prance on sandbars, a reddish egret performs a vaudeville-style dance to stir up fish. Robin Soslow, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Over the last few decades, China has built up tiny reefs and sandbars far from its shores across the waterway into artificial islands heavily fortified with missiles, runways and weapons systems – sparking outcry from the other claimants. Rebecca Wright, CNN, 6 Mar. 2024 At low tide, people at the beach can walk quite far into the ocean and meander along exposed sandbars. USA TODAY, 6 Feb. 2024 Nigeria created a sculpted sandbar in a suburb of Lagos in 2018, and the United Kingdom built a shifting sand barrier to protect a natural gas terminal in the coastal town of Bacton the following year. Jake Bittle, WIRED, 10 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1766, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sandbar was in 1766

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“Sandbar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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sand·​bar -ˌbär How to pronounce sandbar (audio)
: a ridge of sand formed in water by tides or currents

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