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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
First recorded in 1815-25; sand + paper Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If the animal does not stand perfectly, rub the feet on a piece of sandpaper.

    Primary Handwork Ella Victoria Dobbs
  • "Go as far as you like," said Jimmy, with sandpaper in his voice.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • How you used to boast that your fingers needed no sandpaper to sharpen their exquisite touch!

    Pippin; A Wandering Flame Laura E. Richards
  • The sandpaper must be applied unsparingly and always with the grain.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • The leaves have rough upper surface and are used as sandpaper: Ficus odorata and ulmifolia.

  • He could hear a faint rasping like the rustle of sandpaper, as they did so.

  • If it is wanted extra soft the skin may be thinned down with sandpaper.

  • His throat was like sandpaper and the words came out in a rasp.

    The Dark Door Alan Edward Nourse
  • The insulation on the wire is removed with a small piece of sandpaper pasted on a block of wood.

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.


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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