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


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 How to pronounce sandpaper (audio) \ adjective

Examples of sandpaper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And in order to cover up the sandpaper-like texture and small, dark dots that often arise after getting Fraxel, Jenny used Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: The Complete Guide to Laser Treatments for Hair and Skin," 30 Dec. 2020 First, hand-sand the surface with 120-grit sandpaper. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Successfully Paint Any Wall in Your House," 18 Dec. 2020 Finish the parts by rounding their edges with sandpaper. David Agrell, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Gift: A Handmade DIY Dino Toy," 12 Dec. 2020 Wet sand the spot with 1000-grit sandpaper once the paint is completely dry. Paul Wright, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Car Paint Chips," 13 Nov. 2020 Your nose is ugly and your face is ugly and your skin is like sandpaper. Sarah Miller, The New Yorker, "The Fatal Flaw of “The Queen’s Gambit”," 1 Dec. 2020 Each bat, about 30 inches long, made with his grandfather's whittling tools and sandpaper, sells for $100, and Tommy has donated $20 from each sale to the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. Frank Miles, Fox News, "America Together: An Iowa boy is selling baseball bats from fallen trees to help storm victims," 25 Nov. 2020 To remove any burrs, sand lightly with 220-grit sandpaper before painting. Washington Post, "Why does the paint keep peeling on my bathroom vanity?," 23 Nov. 2020 This can be easily changed with sandpaper or epoxy, but most easily on one-piece bolt-action stocks, not two-piece lever, auto, pump, or single-shot stocks. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "How to Buy Your First Nice Hunting Rifle," 2 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Unlike Billie or Lana or Ariana, all of whom are sandpapering their aesthetics down to the micron, Lizzo is full of surprise, and hopefully will remain that way. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Will Lizzo Rule the Grammys Like She Owned 2019?," 23 Jan. 2020

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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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14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Sandpaper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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 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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