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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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 Mesas loomed, as did whitish hoodoos, looking like they had been honed by giant sheets of sandpaper. Marcia Desanctis, Travel + Leisure, "Big Bend National Park Is One of the Most Remote Places in America — Here's How to See It," 25 Apr. 2021 If the sandpaper gums up, give the epoxy more time to cure before sanding more. Washington Post, "What to do about splitting floorboards in an old home," 19 Apr. 2021 Beverly Hills may be one of L.A.'s glitzier neighborhoods, but people there still need sandpaper, lightbulbs, screwdrivers and the like. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: Searching for justice," 19 Apr. 2021 With a random-orbit sander, make thorough passes over the surface using 80-, 100-, and 120-grit sandpaper discs. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "How to Season Any Cast-Iron Pan so It Shines Like New," 19 Mar. 2021 The department in 2020 received more than 6,000 complaints of property damaged by graffiti or otherwise defaced with drill bits, metal objects, sandpaper or other tools. Ben Chapman, WSJ, "With More Graffiti During Covid-19 Lockdowns, NYPD Hopes Volunteers Will Help Clean Up," 3 Mar. 2021 If the barrel doesn’t float, wrap sandpaper around a 7/8-inch dowel and work the channel until four thicknesses of printer paper easily slip between barrel and stock. Michael R. Shea, Field & Stream, "How to Upgrade Your Ruger 10/22," 22 Feb. 2021 These almost microscopic wasps emerge from the sandpaper-looking material and fly off to parasitize and destroy pest moth eggs. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "How to keep bagworms at bay," 8 Mar. 2021 Whetstones are essentially blocks of sandpaper in different textures. Edmund Torr, Popular Science, "The best knife sharpener to keep your blades safe and effective," 25 Feb. 2021 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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2 May 2021

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“Sandpaper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 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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