sand·​bar | \ˈsan(d)-ˌbär \

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.

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Rip currents most often occur at low spots or breaks in sandbars and near structures such as jetties and piers. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Be wary of these NC natural wonders this summer," 25 June 2018 Washington also recommends staying away from crowded boating areas such as Monument Island, Picnic Island and the Haulover sandbar. Emily Himes, miamiherald, "July is the deadliest month for boaters. Here's how to stay safe this week," 2 July 2018 Divers with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Dive Team found the bodies of the father and daughter at the bottom of the river, about 50 feet from the sandbar. Gabby Ferreira, sacbee, "She helped save children from a rip current. But she was swept away, officials say," 2 July 2018 Arctic terns, common along the sandbars of the Maclaren, have yet to show. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s still springtime on the Denali Highway," 10 June 2018 On Thursday, the United Nations refugee agency cast skepticism on a Bangladeshi government plan to move Rohingya refugees from the camps in southeastern Bangladesh to a giant sandbar in the Bay of Bengal. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "Myanmar and U.N. Agree to Aim for Repatriation of Rohingya," 31 May 2018 Instead of migrating to foreign lands, these people fled Haiti and built a town on one of the last sandbars in a dying archipelago. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Is This the Most Crowded Island in the World? (And Why That Question Matters)," 20 Feb. 2018 Valencia and his daughter were with family members when Emily and three other children ran out to a sandbar in shallow water, the Fresno County Coroner’s office said. Gabby Ferreira, sacbee, "She helped save children from a rip current. But she was swept away, officials say," 2 July 2018 There are sand tiger sharks with fearsome teeth, sandbar sharks with tall dorsal fins and nurse sharks huddled together on the floor of the tank. Washington Post, "Sandy-ravaged aquarium opens splashy new shark exhibit," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of sandbar

1766, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of sandbar

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

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