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 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 There’s also a giant sandbox where kids can learn how to build sandcastles under the guidance of professional sculptors. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Master class sculptors carve creative designs with sand and water," 29 Aug. 2019 The screening room holds chaise longues with cushions in subtly alternating shades of muted beige to suggest the varying hues and shapes of sandcastles. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "This Miami Beach Getaway Mixes Modern and Pop Sensibilities to Create a Happy Space," 16 Sep. 2019 Head to a local beach — such as Schulze Lake Beach at Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan — to commemorate summer 2019 with the construction of a sandcastle or other sand art. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "It’s not over yet! 19 things to do in summer 2019," 5 July 2019 The reinforced concrete walls were split to pieces, as if by a toddler barreling through a sandcastle. Ferguson Bernard, The New Yorker, "Hurricane Dorian Was a Climate Injustice," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of sandcastle

1854, in the meaning defined above

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19 Apr 2020

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“Sandcastle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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