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[sand; French sahnd] /sænd; French sɑ̃d/
[jawrj;; French zhawrzh] /dʒɔrdʒ;; French ʒɔrʒ/ (Show IPA),
(Lucile Aurore Dupin Dudevant) 1804–76, French novelist. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for g. sand


loose material consisting of rock or mineral grains, esp rounded grains of quartz, between 0.05 and 2 mm in diameter
(often pl) a sandy area, esp on the seashore or in a desert
  1. a greyish-yellow colour
  2. (as adjective) sand upholstery
the grains of sandlike material in an hourglass
(US, informal) courage; grit
draw a line in the sand, to put a stop to or a limit on
the sands are running out, there is not much time left before death or the end
(transitive) to smooth or polish the surface of with sandpaper or sand to sand a floor
(transitive) to sprinkle or cover with or as if with sand; add sand to
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


/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 and History for g. 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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g. sand in Medicine

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

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g. sand in Science
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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