sand·​stone | \ ˈsan(d)-ˌstōn How to pronounce sandstone (audio) \

Definition of sandstone

: a sedimentary rock consisting of usually quartz sand united by some cement (such as silica or calcium carbonate)

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Pitch a tent at the park’s campground (from $20) and wander the Navajo sandstone dunes at your leisure. Nick Davidson, Outside Online, "Visit Westworld for Real," 19 June 2018 Her new lodge at Blackberry Mountain, which incorporates locally sourced wood and sandstone into a modern aesthetic, represents the resort’s latest evolution. Vanessa Gregory, ELLE Decor, "A Recently Renovated Mid-Century Home in Knoxville, Tennessee," 7 Feb. 2019 Lining the shores are eerie white sandstone formations that startled the Corps of Discovery, who struggled to describe this unique landscape. USA TODAY, "Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan warn: Beautiful, unspoiled landscapes are disappearing," 25 May 2018 The chaises are by McKinnon and Harris, the pool surround is Arizona sandstone, and the front door is painted in Benjamin Moore's Galaxy; the pond beyond was installed by water-garden designer Anthony Archer-Wills. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "HOUSE TOUR: A Minimalist, Moroccan-Inspired Pool House In New York," 29 June 2016 In early December, Chesapeake was threading a drill bit through sandstone more than 2 miles underground. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, "Chesapeake Energy, Fracking Pioneer, Bet on Oil. Then Prices Plunged," 1 Jan. 2019 The exterior is largely composed of carrstone, a sedimentary sandstone conglomerate often used in and around Norfolk. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About St Mary Magdalene, the Church the Royal Family Visits on Christmas," 22 Dec. 2018 These were set on remarkably smooth sandstone slabs, some of which weighed more than 80 tons. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists reconstruct pre-Columbian temple with 3D-printed blocks," 17 Dec. 2018 Stretching across 26 acres of land (including 15 acres of gardens), the desert sandstone estate sits on the highest point of the city, Chittar Hill. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' Wedding Will Be at an Actual Palace," 14 Nov. 2018

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1609, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sandstone

: a type of soft stone that is made from grains of sand stuck together


sand·​stone | \ ˈsand-ˌstōn How to pronounce sandstone (audio) \

Kids Definition of sandstone

: rock made of sand held together by a natural cement (as of calcium carbonate)

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