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[sand-stohn] /ˈsændˌstoʊn/
a common sedimentary rock consisting of sand, usually quartz, cemented together by various substances, as silica, calcium carbonate, iron oxide, or clay.
Origin of sandstone
1660-70; sand + stone Unabridged
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  • Having entered the harbour, it appears fine and spacious, with cliff-formed shores of horizontally stratified sandstone.
  • The bluff's golden sandstone has been worn down by water and wind into stunning sculptures and patterns.
  • Much of the landscape consists of leaping sandstone cliffs and deep canyons.
  • Farther inland, every sandstone and limestone escarpment is the color of bone.
  • He weaves his way through all the cars, big eight-grand jobs, and walks up mossy sandstone steps to the door.
  • To the untrained eye, they're not much to look at--a smattering of tiny squiggles decorating slabs of sandstone.
  • Rather, they suspect the disposal of wastewater from those operations, done by pumping it back down into equally deep sandstone.
  • Most of the upper part of the skeleton was entombed in sandstone when it was found.
  • The cones were made up of sandstone, adobe, and pebbles.
  • And new storage options may be opening up, ranging from offshore sediments to basalt, briny aquifers to porous sandstone.
British Dictionary definitions for sandstone


any of a group of common sedimentary rocks consisting of sand grains consolidated with such materials as quartz, haematite, and clay minerals: used widely in building
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Word Origin and History for sandstone

1660s, from sand (n.) + stone (n.). So called from its composition.

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sandstone in Science
A medium-grained sedimentary rock consisting of fine to coarse sand-sized grains that have been either compacted or cemented together by a material such as silica, iron oxide, or calcium carbonate. Although sandstone usually consists primarily of quartz, it can also consist of other minerals, and it can vary in color from yellow or red to gray or brown.
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sandstone in Culture

sandstone definition

A sedimentary rock formed of sand-sized grains that have been either compacted or cemented together. Altough sandstone usually consists primarily of quartz, it can also consist of other minerals.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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