sandpaper

noun
sand·​pa·​per | \ ˈsan(d)-ˌpā-pər How to pronounce sandpaper (audio) \

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 How to pronounce sandpapery (audio) \ adjective

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By the second day, my face resembled a balloon made of sandpaper, which was terrifying to face in the mirror, but, I was assured, completely normal. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "What It’s Actually Like to Get Fraxel Laser Treatment," 21 Nov. 2018 Hands Wear work gloves for handling scrapers and sandpaper. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Safely Remove Paint," 25 Jan. 2019 Off to a Smooth Start Sand down your cabinets: Mike Mundwiller, field integration manager for Benjamin Moore, recommends 100-grit sandpaper to start. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know Before Painting Your Cabinets," 14 Nov. 2017 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

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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 How to pronounce sandpaper (audio) \

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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