sand

noun
\ ˈsand How to pronounce sand (audio) \

Definition of sand

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a loose granular material that results from the disintegration of rocks, consists of particles smaller than gravel but coarser than silt, and is used in mortar, glass, abrasives, and foundry molds
b : soil containing 85 percent or more of sand and a maximum of 10 percent of clay broadly : sandy soil
2a : a tract of sand : beach
b : a sandbank or sandbar
3 : the sand in an hourglass also : the moments of a lifetime usually used in plural the sands of this government run out very rapidly — H. J. Laski
4 : an oil-producing formation of sandstone or unconsolidated sand
5 : firm resolution
6 : a yellowish-gray color

sand

verb
sanded; sanding; sands

Definition of sand (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to sprinkle or dust with or as if with sand
2 : to cover or fill with sand
3 : to smooth or dress by grinding or rubbing with an abrasive (such as sandpaper)

Sand

biographical name
\ ˈsand How to pronounce Sand (audio) , ˈsäⁿ(n)d, ˈsäⁿ \

Definition of Sand (Entry 3 of 3)

George 1804–1876 pseudonym of Amandine-Aurore-Lucie (or -Lucile) Dudevant \ dᵫd-​ˈväⁿ How to pronounce Sand (audio) , dᵫ-​də-​ \ née Dupin French writer

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for sand

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of sand in a Sentence

Noun The beaches are covered with pinkish sand. I have sand in my shoe. The children are playing in the sand. She walked across the hot sand. Verb You should sand the shelf before painting it. Be sure to sand before you paint the shelf. The streets are slippery because they haven't been sanded yet.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Newport Beach and other wealthy seaside communities have had to haul in sand from elsewhere to replenish the erosion, Heggy said. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2021 The couple will want to jump right into the pages full of turquoise waters, sailboats, and colorful umbrellas in the sand. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, 12 June 2021 Beneath moody dark skies, the group walked away from the photo as cheerful as children who had just built a sand castle. Jill Lawless, Star Tribune, 11 June 2021 Despite the moody skies, the group walked away from the photo as cheerful as children who had just built a sand castle. chicagotribune.com, 11 June 2021 One of the regulars who walk Wells Beach, Ed Smith, took photos of the substance in the sand and sent them to the state Department of Environmental Protection, the Portland Press Herald reports. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 11 June 2021 William Travis never drew any line in the sand; this was a tale concocted by an amateur historian in the late 1800s. Jason Stanford, Time, 9 June 2021 Still, whether by ferry or tire ruts worn in the sand, intrepid travelers found their way to the island and its southernmost village. Caleb Johnson, WSJ, 8 June 2021 This 7-foot beach umbrella takes the stress away with its twist-in power base which secures it thoroughly in the sand. Korin Miller, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Whatever has made the filler turn gray probably isn’t something that makes a good base for paint, so sand that off using a medium-grit sanding sponge. Washington Post, 10 May 2021 But when a would-be icon fails to deliver, the impulse is to sand down her edges or to excuse them as a result of subjugation. Rebecca Panovka, The New Yorker, 2 June 2021 Once your shapes have baked and cooled completely, lightly sand the shapes with fine sandpaper to remove any imperfections or sharp edges. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 May 2021 During a class lesson, a large earthquake strikes, and Sersi saves a child from a falling object by turning it to sand. Chris Smith, BGR, 4 May 2021 During a class lesson, a large earthquake strikes, and Sersi saves a child from a falling object by turning it to sand. Chris Smith, BGR, 4 May 2021 During a class lesson, a large earthquake strikes, and Sersi saves a child from a falling object by turning it to sand. Chris Smith, BGR, 4 May 2021 Then lightly sand with 120- or 180-grit sandpaper or a sanding sponge (just enough to dull the surface). Washington Post, 3 May 2021 From stone, to sand and even natural materials such as wood, integrating organic elements can help to create a sense of serenity. Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sand.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of sand

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sand

Noun

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German sant sand, Latin sabulum, Greek psammos

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About sand

Time Traveler for sand

Time Traveler

The first known use of sand was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for sand

Last Updated

15 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Sand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sand. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for sand

sand

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the very tiny, loose pieces of rock that cover beaches, deserts, etc.
: an area of sand
literary : the beach or desert

sand

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sand (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make the surface of something smooth by rubbing it with sandpaper
US : to spread sand over (an icy street, sidewalk, etc.) : to cover (something) with sand

sand

noun
\ ˈsand How to pronounce sand (audio) \

Kids Definition of sand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : loose material in grains produced by the natural breaking up of rocks
2 : a soil made up mostly of sand

sand

verb
sanded; sanding

Kids Definition of sand (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to sprinkle with sand The snowy roads were plowed and sanded.
2 : to smooth or clean with sandpaper

Other Words from sand

sander noun

sand

noun
\ ˈsand How to pronounce sand (audio) \

Medical Definition of sand

: gritty particles in various body tissues or fluids — see brain sand

More from Merriam-Webster on sand

Nglish: Translation of sand for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of sand for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about sand

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!