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sand

[sand] /sænd/
noun
1.
the more or less fine debris of rocks, consisting of small, loose grains, often of quartz.
2.
Usually, sands. a tract or region composed principally of sand.
3.
the sand or a grain of sand in an hourglass.
4.
sands, moments of time or of one's life:
At this stage of his career the sands are running out.
5.
a light reddish- or brownish-yellow color.
6.
Informal. courage; pluck.
7.
sleeper (def 10).
verb (used with object)
8.
to smooth or polish with sand, sandpaper, or some other abrasive:
to sand the ends of a board.
9.
to sprinkle with or as if with sand:
to sand an icy road.
10.
to fill up with sand, as a harbor.
11.
to add sand to:
The mischievous child sanded the sugar.
Idioms
12.
draw a line in the sand, to set a limit; allow to go up to a point but no further.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English (noun), Old English; cognate with German Sand, Old Norse sandr
Related forms
sandable, adjective
sandless, adjective
sandlike, adjective
unsanded, adjective
well-sanded, adjective
Can be confused
sand, sediment, silt.

Sand

[sand; French sahnd] /sænd; French sɑ̃d/
noun
1.
George
[jawrj;; French zhawrzh] /dʒɔrdʒ;; French ʒɔrʒ/ (Show IPA),
(Lucile Aurore Dupin Dudevant) 1804–76, French novelist.

sand.

1.
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Examples for sand
  • The heat of the fire will melt the bag, releasing the sand onto the fire.
  • The contours of the reef or sand bank influence wave shape in two respects.
  • Of these, shallow sand bars and consistent swell are of the utmost desirable.
  • After the metal has solidified and cooled, the casting is separated from the sand mold.
  • The accuracy of the casting is limited by the type of sand and the molding process.
  • The sand molding process has been used for many centuries to produce castings manually.
  • Because the sand never touches the pattern itself, there is almost no pattern wear.
  • It also insulates them from the intense heat that radiates from the desert sand.
  • Their gait and their widened feet help them move without sinking into the sand.
  • A coral reef offshore is a significant source of sand particles.
British Dictionary definitions for sand

sand

/sænd/
noun
1.
loose material consisting of rock or mineral grains, esp rounded grains of quartz, between 0.05 and 2 mm in diameter
2.
(often pl) a sandy area, esp on the seashore or in a desert
3.
  1. a greyish-yellow colour
  2. (as adjective) sand upholstery
4.
the grains of sandlike material in an hourglass
5.
(US, informal) courage; grit
6.
draw a line in the sand, to put a stop to or a limit on
7.
the sands are running out, there is not much time left before death or the end
verb
8.
(transitive) to smooth or polish the surface of with sandpaper or sand to sand a floor
9.
(transitive) to sprinkle or cover with or as if with sand; add sand to
10.
to fill or cause to fill with sand the channel sanded up
Derived Forms
sandlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English; related to Old Norse sandr, Old High German sant, Greek hamathos

Sand

/French sɑ̃d/
noun
1.
George (ʒɔrʒ), pen name of Amandine Aurore Lucie Dupin. 1804–76, French novelist, best known for such pastoral novels as La Mare au diable (1846) and François le Champi (1847–48) and for her works for women's rights to independence
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Word Origin and History for sand
sand
O.E. sand, from P.Gmc. *sanda- (cf. O.N. sandr, O.Fris. sond, M.Du. sant, Ger. Sand, not recorded in Gothic), from PIE base *samatha- (cf. Gk. psammos "sand," L. sabulum). Metaphoric for "innumerability" since O.E. The verb is first attested late 14c., "to sprinkle with sand," from the noun; meaning "to grind or polish with sand" is from 1858. Sandpaper is attested from 1812; sandstone is from 1660s.
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sand in Medicine

sand (sānd)
n.
Small, loose grains of worn or disintegrated rock.

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sand in Science
sand
  (sānd)   
A sedimentary material consisting of small, often rounded grains or particles of disintegrated rock, smaller than granules and larger than silt. The diameter of the particles ranges from 0.0625 to 2 mm. Although sand often consists of quartz, it can consist of any other mineral or rock fragment as well. Coral sand, for example, consists of limestone fragments.
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Slang definitions & phrases for sand

sand

Related Terms

go pound salt


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Idioms and Phrases with sand
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