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sand·​blast ˈsan(d)-ˌblast How to pronounce sandblast (audio)
: a stream of sand projected by compressed air (as for engraving, cutting, or cleaning glass or stone)


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sandblasted; sandblasting; sandblasts

transitive verb

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

Examples of sandblast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
At last night's LVMH Prize Cocktail Party, the actress made a statement in an asymmetrical sandblast denim maxi dress. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 Mar. 2023
Through specialized machinery, the denim is colored—utilizing a secret formula for the brand’s signature blue—and then stained and sandblasted. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 13 Feb. 2024 Over the course of about a year, Chen tested different ways of whittling down the metal by effectively sandblasting it with atoms. Quanta Magazine, 28 Nov. 2023 But the threat never disappeared, afflicting workers who were sandblasting denim and tombstones and toiling in mines. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2023 While sandblasting paint from the iron gates on the mansion’s front door, workers discovered gold gilding that had been painted over for decades. Christopher Muther,, 29 Aug. 2023 The scaffolding, which rises 130 feet in the air with 20 decks, is part of the $100 million gut renovation of the 1912 building on Court Street, which will include sandblasting the building’s outer surfaces and replacing windows. Aaron Pressman,, 15 Aug. 2023 For the sake of uniformity, the bezel, screws, crown, pushers, caseback, and folding clasp are also titanium and sandblasted to the same light shade. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 6 July 2023 Reports of nearby homes and businesses being sandblasted by debris are one thing Metzger finds especially surprising. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 4 May 2023 That includes sandblasting the walls and adding new tables, refrigerators and a sushi case, as well as a second bar at next-door Uncle Pinkie’s that will function as a separate dining area. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 23 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1871, in the meaning defined above


1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sandblast was in 1871

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“Sandblast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to cut or clean with sand driven at high speed by or as if by compressed air
sandblaster noun

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