sand·​blast | \ ˈsan(d)-ˌblast How to pronounce sandblast (audio) \

Definition of sandblast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a stream of sand projected by compressed air (as for engraving, cutting, or cleaning glass or stone)


sandblasted; sandblasting; sandblasts

Definition of sandblast (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to affect or treat with or as if with a sandblast

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sandblaster noun

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The land also had been a dumping ground for materials containing asbestos, pesticides, sandblasting grit, medical waste and tear gas agents. Kimberly Veklerov, San Francisco Chronicle, "Development begins at Alameda base that used troubled nuclear cleanup contractor," 23 May 2018 Fargeat shoots her early scenes from a distinctly male-gaze point of view, lingering on Lutz’s body in honeyed light (the film’s palette is lovely, all sandblasted pastels and ocher-blue sky). Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Revenge Is an Exploitation Movie for the #MeToo Era," 11 May 2018 At Davis Square Station in Somerville, 11 poems were sandblasted into bricks, including nine on the railway platform. Cindy Cantrell,, "Making Boston’s poetry visible," 26 Apr. 2018 And a plant in Florida was cited for polluting the air through its sandblasting operation. John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Industrial barrel recycling plants in several states rack up environmental and workplace violations," 20 Dec. 2017 That said, the granite itself is solid, so sandblasting the sculpture wouldn’t affect the structural integrity of the mountain. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "What Will Happen to Stone Mountain, America’s Largest Confederate Memorial?," 22 Aug. 2017 All that protective padded foam, luxuriously smooth and oversized webbing and sandblasted aluminum hardware—especially the multiple latches for the quiet, one-handed MagLatch closure system—also adds a lot of weight. Adrienne So, WIRED, "Review: Peak Design Everyday Messenger 13," 25 Oct. 2017 Master Bath One wall of the master bathroom, above and opposite bottom right, is sandblasted glass (side wall) and another is covered in 2-by-2-inch glass tiles (rear wall) and another. Carolyn Weber, ELLE Decor, "The Home Stretch," 5 July 2012 Sandblasting the Confederacy Today, with 4 million visitors coming to the park each year, the mountain has changed little but the message has shifted. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "What Will Happen to Stone Mountain, America’s Largest Confederate Memorial?," 22 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of sandblast


1871, in the meaning defined above


1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sandblast was in 1871

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English Language Learners Definition of sandblast

: to clean, polish, or decorate the surface of (something) by spraying sand on it with a powerful machine

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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