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sand bar

a bar of sand formed in a river or sea by the action of tides or currents.
Origin of sand bar
1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A sand-bar of blinding white sand gave promise of flat country that the next bend denied; for, lo!

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • Why, consider the float, it's everywhere—and you know there's colors in every sand-bar?

    They of the High Trails Hamlin Garland
  • He had thought his feet upon the beach at last, whereas they had but touched a sand-bar in passing over.

    The Lieutenant-Governor Guy Wetmore Carryl
  • "She must be on the sand-bar if you heard the guns," he said.

    A Sailor's Lass Emma Leslie
  • I assured her I would do so, as it applied only to shore, and when the boat was on a sand-bar.

  • The current carried them up on a sand-bar, and there they rested.

    The Silver Poppy Arthur Stringer
  • He was on the sand-bar before I could see him clearly, and coming straight toward where I was huddled in the brush.

    Raw Gold Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • The last they saw of him he was trying to climb out on a sand-bar.

    Down the Yellowstone Lewis R. Freeman
  • The timber for our boat has been hauling across the sand-bar ever since daylight, and of course the work will proceed pretty fast.

  • It is a matter of joy because the last we heard it was on a sand-bar some 70 mi.

    Dr. John McLoughlin, the Father of Oregon Frederick Van Voorhies Holman
British Dictionary definitions for sand-bar

sand bar

a ridge of sand in a river or sea, built up by the action of tides, currents, etc, and often exposed at low tide
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