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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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 Another almaco was hooked on a butterfly jig but a sandbar shark chomped it behind the head. Steve Waters, miamiherald, "Even with an unexpected catch, fishing in South Florida will give you a delicious meal | Miami Herald," 4 May 2018 Officers will be monitoring popular boat ramps, sandbars, and islands. Emily Himes, miamiherald, "July is the deadliest month for boaters. Here's how to stay safe this week," 2 July 2018 How many species are there? 18, including some baby epaulette sharks, a speckled sandbar named Angus, and a school of all-female blacktip reef sharks. Katy Schneider, Daily Intelligencer, "What to Know About the New York Aquarium’s New Shark Building," 28 June 2018 Victor Albert Wiggins and three other people were on a boat near a sandbar in the lake around 2:15 a.m., when Wiggins either fell in the lake or jumped, police said. Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "A body was found in Lake Wylie Sunday, hours after search for drowning victim began," 24 June 2018 Barrier island beaches such as those at Ocean City naturally slope gradually into the ocean, with sandbars just off shore, ideally creating relatively shallow and calm waters closest to land. Scott Dance,, "A wider, deeper beach awaits Ocean City vacationers, but is it safe?," 24 May 2018 Cruz had been trying to push a grounded boat from a sandbar, WPLG-Ch. Doug Phillips,, "Man critically hurt in boat propeller mishap, reports say," 18 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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