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 sandpapery (audio) \ adjective

Examples of sandpaper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In addition to pyrotechnics, buckshot and smokeless powder, the box mailed to Obama contained several suspicious items, including a cell phone, matches, paper wadding, hobby fuse, plastics sacks and sandpaper. Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, "Brookshire woman admits targeting Obama in failed bomb plot," 5 July 2019 There’s a lot of sandpaper because of our sonic differences and different sensibilities. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Jack Antonoff, Sounwave, and Sam Dew on how their hometowns inspired new trio Red Hearse," 15 Aug. 2019 But on a chilly day in March, the only sound her banjo made was the repetitive raspy scrape of sandpaper on wood. Scuff, scuff, scuff . . Ralph Berrier Jr., Washington Post, "89-year-old Rhoda Kemp builds her first banjo," 10 June 2019 Cassidy loved Acciari, valuing him as a forechecking menace, a tone-setter, and particularly for his aforementioned sandpaper game and pain tolerance. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Bruins may regret letting Noel Acciari get away," 2 July 2019 There's sandpaper, carpeting, bouncy toys, kinetic sand and other kinds of similar stuff. Sergio Carmona,, "Synagogue preschool’s sensory room provides pathway to learning," 28 June 2019 Wet the sandpaper and the headlight, then sand the lens in straight, horizontal strokes. Zachary Palmer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Your Headlights and Make Them Shine Like New," 2 Aug. 2018 Start by using 600-grit wet/dry silicon-carbide sandpaper wrapped around a sanding block to sand smooth any big blobs of dried paint. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Safely Remove Paint," 25 Jan. 2019 Finish up by using 100-grit sandpaper wrapped around a wood block to smooth any rough, sharp glass edges. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Cut Glass," 11 Feb. 2019

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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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3 Oct 2019

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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 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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