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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Recent Examples on the Web Qantas says those aboard will see such Down Under landmarks as the Great Barrier Reef, the massive sandstone formation Uluru, the Kata Tjuta rock domes, scenic Byron Bay and Sydney Harbor from the windows of their Boeing 787. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Flight to nowhere? Qantas, EVA and ANA offer sightseeing trips to pandemic-weary passengers," 19 Sep. 2020 Carved from single blocks of quartzite sandstone, these two giants are the most visible remnants of the complex’s vast size and grandeur. National Geographic, "King Tut's grandparents were Egypt's royal power couple," 17 Sep. 2020 Some parts of the wall were rougher; a texture reminiscent of the sandstone cliffs above Blacks Beach. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "UCSD’s Geisel Library turns 50 as the place to ‘think and wonder, wonder and think’," 6 Sep. 2020 The extended family were enjoying a day at beach and celebrating Cox’s recent defeat of breast cancer when thousands of pounds on sandstone crashed on top of them. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Family sues state, city, others over Encinitas bluff collapse that killed three," 26 Aug. 2020 The canyon, which can be reached from Los Angeles in under an hour by car, is formed mostly out of solid sandstone, red siltstone, shale, and conglomerate stone. Yxta Maya Murray, Longreads, "Fire/Flood: A Southern California Pastoral," 19 Aug. 2020 Everything to upgrade the old sandstone building in this long-ago frontier town for use as a wedding hall. Adam Geller, The Denver Post, "Small businesses worldwide fight for survival amid pandemic," 14 July 2020 When the tide is out, wander north around sandstone outcroppings to Hug Point and Arcadia Beach or all the way to Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach. oregonlive, "Travel deals benefit road trippers: Check out Oregon’s unique vacation getaways," 21 Aug. 2020 Along the way, guests can stop and look around to spot the state’s stunning sandstone cliffs, inlets, and more. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "See the Most Beautiful Parts of Oregon and Its Beaches on This All-inclusive 6-day Bike Trip," 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of sandstone

1609, in the meaning defined above

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30 Sep 2020

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“Sandstone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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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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