sandpaper

noun
sand·pa·per | \ˈsan(d)-ˌpā-pər \

Definition of sandpaper 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: paper covered on one side with abrasive material (such as sand) glued fast and used for smoothing and polishing

sandpaper

verb
sandpapered; sandpapering; sandpapers

Definition of sandpaper (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to rub with or as if with sandpaper

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Other Words from sandpaper

Noun

sandpapery \ˈsan(d)-ˌpā-p(ə-)rē \ adjective

Examples of sandpaper in a Sentence

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Wipe with a damp cloth, and let dry completely before repeating with 120-grit and finally 220-grit sandpaper. Meghan Caudill, Good Housekeeping, "How To Recondition An Old Wooden Cutting Board," 23 Aug. 2017 The grinder does quick work using 80-grit diamond sandpaper, a noisy process that requires hearing protection. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The Deep Space Eye in the Desert," 14 Feb. 2018 Relying on sandpaper, artificial light and tiny brushes, his process itself is labor intensive. New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 6 June 2018 Use the punches to cutout small sandpaper circles and glue them to the craft sticks and dowels. Paul Wright, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Car Paint Chips," 26 Feb. 2018 Straw and sandpaper combinations were ruled out for the same reason, though a thicker coir fiber fared better. Mary Horlock, Longreads, "The Camouflage Artist: Two Worlds Wars, Two Loves, and One Great Deception," 21 June 2018 Light scratches can be dealt with using steel wool, but deeper scratches will need fine-grade sandpaper. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Fix Scratched and Creaky Floorboards," 11 Feb. 2015 My nose ran without pause, my throat felt like a sandpaper rattle and my eyes were blurry from tears. Washington Post, "Scything Zen: Ancient way to cut grass also a state of mind," 19 June 2018 Japanese keyhole saws, gouges, a cheese-grater-like rasp called a microplane and, for the final steps, lots and lots of sandpaper. Bob Shallit, sacbee, "How an ‘accidental artist’ became the zen master of wood," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of sandpaper

Noun

1755, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1846, in the meaning defined above

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sandpaper

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sandpaper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: stiff paper that has a rough surface on one side and that is rubbed against something (such as a piece of wood) to make it smooth

sandpaper

verb

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

: to make (something) smooth by rubbing it with sandpaper

sandpaper

noun
sand·pa·per | \ˈsand-ˌpā-pər \

Kids Definition of sandpaper

: paper that has rough material (as sand) glued on one side and is used for smoothing and polishing

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