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.

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This prompted him to take a walk on the beach sandbar and ultimately capture the footage using a drone. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "North Carolina beachgoer captures drone footage of Civil War-era shipwreck," 4 Apr. 2018 How to Survive a Rip Current Often triggered by sandbar breaks (as happened in Panama City), rip currents are responsible for over 80% of lifeguard rescues at beaches every year, according to the U.S. Lifesaving Association. Jonathan Small, Good Housekeeping, "My Family Almost Drowned. Then, 50 Strangers Stepped In and Saved Us.," 16 July 2018 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

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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


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Kids Definition of sandbar

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

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