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the more or less fine debris of rocks, consisting of small, loose grains, often of quartz.
Usually, sands. a tract or region composed principally of sand.
the sand or a grain of sand in an hourglass.
sands, moments of time or of one's life: At this stage of his career the sands are running out.
a light reddish- or brownish-yellow color.
Informal. courage; pluck.
sleeper ( def 10 ).
verb (used with object)
to smooth or polish with sand, sandpaper, or some other abrasive: to sand the ends of a board.
to sprinkle with or as if with sand: to sand an icy road.
to fill up with sand, as a harbor.
to add sand to: The mischievous child sanded the sugar.
draw a line in the sand, to set a limit; allow to go up to a point but no further.

before 900; Middle English (noun), Old English; cognate with German Sand, Old Norse sandr

sandable, adjective
sandless, adjective
sandlike, adjective
unsanded, adjective
well-sanded, adjective

sand, sediment, silt.
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sand (sænd)
1.  loose material consisting of rock or mineral grains, esp rounded grains of quartz, between 0.05 and 2 mm in diameter
2.  (often plural) a sandy area, esp on the seashore or in a desert
3.  a.  a greyish-yellow colour
 b.  (as adjective): sand upholstery
4.  the grains of sandlike material in an hourglass
5.  informal (US) 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
8.  (tr) to smooth or polish the surface of with sandpaper or sand: to sand a floor
9.  (tr) 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
[Old English; related to Old Norse sandr, Old High German sant, Greek hamathos]

Sand (French sɑ̃d)
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 & History

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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Medical Dictionary

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

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sand   (sānd)  Pronunciation Key 
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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