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)

Examples of sandstone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Guests ascend a floating staircase to the rental which is suspended with bolts from a sandstone cliff line. Courier Journal Staff, The Courier-Journal, 11 Nov. 2021 The meditation gift comes with a selenite wand and a mix of six stunning stones, each with their own special purpose (rose quartz, for example, radiates calmness and self-love, while sandstone stimulates creativity and quiets a busy mind). Joni Sweet, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 The week began with more than 130 presidents and prime ministers posing for a group photo in a century-old Baroque museum crafted from red sandstone. New York Times, 6 Nov. 2021 An avid mountain climber, Krauland first moved to Salt Lake City, and then to Chattanooga, Tennessee, specifically for access to its world-class climbing opportunities among its abundant sandstone crags. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Oct. 2021 The jagged sandstone slabs are the most astonishing features. Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2021 Zion was the humbling climax at the far end of the state, the park with the highest sandstone walls, almost Grand Canyon in scale. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Oct. 2021 The project includes masonry work and the repair and replacement of sections of sandstone on the north and south anchorages and towers. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 9 Oct. 2021 The specimen was found in a 400-pound block of sandstone that also preserved the fossils of oysters and extinct, squid-like creatures called belemnoids that lived in the area at the time. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of sandstone

1609, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sandstone was in 1609

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“Sandstone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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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