sand·​cas·​tle | \ ˈsan(d)-ˌka-səl How to pronounce sandcastle (audio) \
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Definition of sandcastle

: a small model of a castle or other structure that is made with sand on a beach Ruth lay beside Piet unhappily, not quite ready to bask and beautify herself like a teenager, yet too old for sandcastles.— John Updike "What you want is a change of air. We will pop down together hand in hand this week-end to some seaside resort. You shall build sand castles, while I lie on the beach and read the paper."— P. G. Wodehouse

Examples of sandcastle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2003, the world-record sandcastle height was 29 feet, set by a hobbyist in Maine with the help of a few friends and no machinery. Scott Yorko, Smithsonian Magazine, "How to Build a Sandcastle," 28 July 2020 In the photos, Cooper can be seen lying out, while Garner, dressed in a navy sweater, blue skirt, and white sneakers, helps Lea build a sandcastle. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Garner Were Spotted Hanging Out at a Malibu Beach," 6 Aug. 2020 On the professional competition circuit, in order to officially be considered a sandcastle, the height of a structure must be taller than the width of the base. Scott Yorko, Smithsonian Magazine, "How to Build a Sandcastle," 28 July 2020 There's nothing more quintessentially summer than going to the beach—swimming in the water, building sandcastles, applying (and reapplying, and reapplying some more) sunscreen. Maggie O'neill,, "Is It Safe To Go To the Beach Right Now? Here’s What Doctors Say," 3 June 2020 The sandcastle took home the award for best Houston-centric at the competition. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Travis Scott AstroWorld masterpiece wins best Houston-centric sandcastle at annual Galveston event," 2 Sep. 2019 This look is perfect for those of us who want to feel comfortable while lounging by the water, but are still ready to dive in to build a sandcastle with your kids at any second. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "Exclusive deal: Get 40% off at Lands' End with this code," 27 Feb. 2020 To test our understanding of sand dune models, physicists have been playing with underwater sandcastles. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Dunes use turbulence as a buffer to prevent collisions," 14 Feb. 2020 Acadia has including beaches for building sandcastles, and car-free carriage roads for biking, walking, and horseback riding. Erica Lamberg, USA TODAY, "Spring break spots that are blissfully free of spring breakers, from Barbados to Portland," 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of sandcastle

1854, in the meaning defined above

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“Sandcastle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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