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[sand-pey-per] /ˈsændˌpeɪ pər/
strong paper coated with a layer of sand or other abrasive, used for smoothing or polishing.
verb (used with object)
to smooth or polish with or as if with sandpaper.
Origin of sandpaper
1815-25; sand + paper Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for sandpaper
  • Ancient forms of tattoo removal included primitive dermabrasion-scraping the skin with rough surfaces, such as sandpaper.
  • Make a similar ramp using a plank covered with sandpaper, oil or aluminum foil.
  • Both patients could tell the difference between different grades of sandpaper rubbed against their skin.
  • The process is akin to using extremely fine-grained sandpaper as a sharpener.
  • He tried gluing sandpaper to his shoes, but wore out the mat.
  • The group debated mandating coarser sandpaper to be used along the sleds' runners but ultimately chose to use the normal grade.
  • Between her partially opened lips she could see the tip of the sandpaper her tongue had turned into.
  • Removes varnish and smooths cracks and scratches with sandpaper.
  • Grit refers to the size of the grains on a sandpaper.
  • Achenes require scarification to break dormancy which can be done with sandpaper.
British Dictionary definitions for sandpaper


(formerly) a strong paper coated with sand for smoothing and polishing
a common name for glasspaper
(transitive) to polish or grind (a surface) with or as if with sandpaper
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sandpaper

also sand-paper, 1788, from sand (n.) + paper (n.).


1835, from sandpaper (n.). Related: Sandpapered; sandpapering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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