sand·stone | \ˈsan(d)-ˌstōn \

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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Because it was made of sandstone mined from a nearby quarry, the artwork could have been too delicate to move, Mainella said. Darryl Enriquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hidden away for nearly a half century, historic Hauser statue in Greendale might be revealed once more," 25 June 2018 The pink sandstone mansion dates back to 1897, when it was commissioned by Sophie Behr, a banker’s widow. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Villa With a Musical Legacy: Pierre Boulez’s Home in Baden-Baden," 9 May 2018 Citing the book’s authors, The Telegraph reports that a rectangle of four Sarsen stones, or sandstone blocks, when split in half diagonally, forms a perfect Pythagorean 5:12:13 triangle. James Rogers, Fox News, "Stonehenge secret: Did builders use Pythagoras' theorem 2,000 years before the philosopher lived?," 21 June 2018 Composed primarily of chert, sandstone and shale, these hilltops offer a glimpse into what once was a sleepy hamlet called Yerba Buena. Thomas Graham,, "Walking these seven hills of San Francisco a peak experience," 28 June 2018 Clubhouse walls are so thick—made of sandstone and marble in some cases—that sound never escapes. Robert Khederian, Curbed, "Tomb raiders: The clubhouses of Yale’s secret societies," 21 June 2018 Hundreds of prehistoric raptor tracks are imprinted in sandstone there and visitors having been throwing the slabs of stone into the reservoir. Fox News, "Tourists unknowingly toss dinosaur tracks into lake at a Utah state park," 8 May 2018 Looking spiffy The sandstone and bluestone facades of the Allen's beautiful building, a neo-Renaissance palazzo designed by Cass Gilbert, were crumbling by the end of the Starr years. Steven Litt,, "Allen Memorial Art Museum centennial: Rembrandt etchings, modern art and more (photos)," 11 Nov. 2017 There were lone coyotes and leaping pronghorn that flew across the land as the plains became sandstone bluffs that dropped into deep gorges of the curvy Missouri River. Andrew Evans,, "Feel the pull of the prairie on a uniquely American safari in Montana," 5 July 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 \

Kids Definition of sandstone

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

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