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

Other Words from sandpaper


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 Each of the samples was then repeatedly polished, with sandpaper of increasingly fine grain. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 6 May 2022 The tissue felt like sandpaper, the student wrote, and his classmates avoided using the bathroom because of it. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 Some also warn that existing paint or slick surfaces such as flat ceramic tiles should be scuffed up with sandpaper to help the adhesive stick better. Washington Post, 14 Mar. 2022 When most of the dark areas and cuts are gone, switch to 120-grit sandpaper, and finish the job. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 1 May 2021 For a guy who nobody pegged to be on the roster at the start of the season, Blidh has brought tenacious forechecking and a little bit of sandpaper to the fourth line. Steve Conroy,, 6 Feb. 2022 The Ronettes were the quintessential act of the early Sixties girl group era, and Spector’s silk-meets-sandpaper voice powered all of their songs. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 12 Jan. 2022 Elbowing in and grinding down low, producing in those prime, sandpaper areas, often has proven to be the Black and Gold’s undoing in recent Stanley Cup play. Globe Staff,, 20 Jan. 2022 Otherwise, use a fine-grit sandpaper to smooth out any rough spots. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Jan. 2022 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, 23 Jan. 2020 See More

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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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“Sandpaper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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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