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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The predominant limestone and sandstone walls in Mammoth Cave tend to reflect sound in aesthetically pleasing ways. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Cave acoustics can help sculpt more realistic sounds in digital space," 14 Nov. 2018 In one early demo of the Reach platform, de la Peña and her team captured a landscape in Utah canyon country, a lot of sandstone and open sky. Ryan Bradley, WSJ, "How Nonny de la Peña, the “Godmother of VR,” Is Changing the Mediascape," 3 Nov. 2018 The institute has also sued cities, including Sedona — a tourist destination known for its red sandstone and spiritualism — and Jerome, over short-term rental regulations. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "How conservative ‘property rights’ groups are battling cites’ Airbnb rules," 14 Aug. 2018 Elsewhere on the 19th-century country estate, sheep graze in front of Gothic Revival sandstone buildings built by convicts in the early days of the colony. Sarah Theeboom, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Country You Visit for Whisky? Australia," 16 Aug. 2018 From the ground up, this particular folly starts out as a rather orthodox summer house, only to grow upwards into a massive, 37 feet-high sandstone pineapple. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "You Can Rent a Pineapple Palace on the Airbnb For Historic Homes," 16 Aug. 2018 The home serves as a bright, blank canvas for layers of artwork collected over the years, as well as a calming place where the air gently wafts in and out, and sandstone tile cascades gently down to a patio and glistening pool. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "11 sparkling pools you’ll want to dive into," 13 Aug. 2018 But the snake remained, and eventually became trapped and protected within sandstone deposits inside a state that first became known as Burma and is now known as Myanmar. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Oldest Ever Baby Snake Discovered in Forest Amber," 19 July 2018 For those lucky enough to see her, the woman in the Victorian-era frock materializes at the same spot in the venerable sandstone building — the far, dark end of a long hallway. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "What’s behind ’60s-era paneling at El Korah Shrine? A ballroom’s worth of ’20s art.," 12 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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