sandpile

noun
sand·​pile | \ ˈsan(d)-ˌpī(-ə)l How to pronounce sandpile (audio) \

Definition of sandpile

: a pile of sand especially : sand for children to play in

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Granted, the brain is not a highly idealized model sandpile, but the concept makes a certain degree of sense. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Rat brains provide even more evidence our brains operate near tipping point," 7 June 2019 The walkers who were in the Oceanside episode with Tara who were in the sandpile. Joanna Robinson, VanityFair.com, "This Walking Dead Producer Doesn’t Get What’s Gone Wrong with His Show," 3 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of sandpile

1901, in the meaning defined above

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