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 American Jazz, with 120 passengers and 54 crew members, became stuck on a sandbar last week while on a seven-night cruise between Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, according to its operator, American Cruise Lines. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 July 2021 Rip currents form as waves disperse along the beach causing water to become trapped between the beach and a sandbar or other underwater feature. Allison Chinchar, CNN, 18 July 2021 Three people sustained minor injuries when a plane crashed on a sandbar in the Knik River near Palmer Sunday afternoon, Alaska State Troopers said. Anchorage Daily News, 5 July 2021 Visitors to the Park Point beach, the longest freshwater sandbar in the world, should watch for red and yellow flags that warn of rip currents and visit to check conditions. Brooks Johnson, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 Then Martinez was walking with her uncle on the sandbar when the water rushed over on other side and swept her into the churning current., 29 June 2021 To support its weight, the tower's builders had to drive concrete pylons deep into the sandbar. Mark Strassmann, CBS News, 25 June 2021 On June 20 in Rhode Island, a 10-year-old drowned after strong currents swept her off a sandbar., 28 June 2021 June 21: The latest tragedies were announced Monday, when the body of 10-year-old girl Yoskarly Martinez was recovered from Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, a day after strong currents swept her off a sandbar., 22 June 2021

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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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30 Jul 2021

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“Sandbar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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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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