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


sandpapered; sandpapering; sandpapers

Definition of sandpaper (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to rub with or as if with sandpaper

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

Examples of sandpaper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Use sandpaper to scrape away any rough edges around the openings. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "People Are Transforming Vintage Globes Into Pendant Lights, And The Result Is Stunning," 26 Sep. 2018 Rub over scratch with steel wool or fine-grade sandpaper, taking care to go in direction of wood grain and only over scratch. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Fix Scratched and Creaky Floorboards," 11 Feb. 2015 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

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First Known Use of sandpaper


1755, in the meaning defined above


1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sandpaper was in 1755

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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



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

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


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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