verb (used with object)
Origin of sand
Related Words for sandbeach, coast, seashore, border, bank, seaboard, waterfront, riverbank, beige, drab, khaki, brownish, tan, cream, taupe, camel, off-white, prowess, fearlessness, boldness
Examples from the Web for sand
Contemporary Examples of sand
There is only sand, a white ball, and a flag indicating the hole.
When the game starts, there is only sand, a white ball, a flag indicating hole 1, and a “0” at the top of the screen.
And there, the sand castle builder and tag player who loved her aunt more than science would be buried.11 Children Shot in Milwaukee, One in Her Grandpa's Lap
November 12, 2014
To see how a global ocean could affect libration, take two bottles, fill one with sand and the other with water, then spin them.Saturn’s Death Star Look-Alike
Matthew R. Francis
October 19, 2014
The book is the line in the sand, proof that she is not, as she is so often conflated, the Hannah Horvath she has created.Speed Read: Lena Dunham’s Most Shocking Confessions From ‘Not That Kind of Girl’
September 26, 2014
Historical Examples of sand
The sides of this hill he covered with a layer of bricks that the sand might not be blown away.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
We could not find any of his camps, however; doubtless the sand has long since covered them.Explorations in Australia
But it was not to be drifted up with the sand of forgetfulness!Weighed and Wanting
But they saw that the sea was for the swimmer, and the sand for the feet of the runner.De Profundis
Yates caught up a handful of sand, and flung it lightly against the pane.In the Midst of Alarms
- a greyish-yellow colour
- (as adjective)sand upholstery
Word Origin for sand
Old English sand, from Proto-Germanic *sandam (cf. Old Norse sandr, Old Frisian sond, Middle Dutch sant, Dutch zand, German Sand), from PIE *bhs-amadho- (cf. Greek psammos "sand;" Latin sabulum "coarse sand," source of Italian sabbia, French sable), suffixed form of root *bhes- "to rub."
Historically, the line between sand and gravel cannot be distinctly drawn. Used figuratively in Old English in reference to innumerability and instability. General Germanic, but not attested in Gothic, which used in this sense malma, related to Old High German melm "dust," the first element of the Swedish city name Malmö (the second element meaning "island"), and to Latin molere "to grind." Metaphoric for "innumerability" since Old English. Sand dollar, type of flat sea-urchin, so called from 1884, so called for its shape; sand dune attested from 1830.
late 14c., "to sprinkle with sand," from sand (n.); from 1620s as "to bury or fill in with sand." Meaning "to grind or polish with sand" is from 1858. Related: Sanded; sanding.
see build on sand; hide one's head in the sand.