[ sand ]
/ sænd /
the more or less fine debris of rocks, consisting of small, loose grains, often of quartz.
Usually sands. a tract or region composed principally of sand.
the sand or a grain of sand in an hourglass.
sands, moments of time or of one's life: At this stage of his career the sands are running out.
a light reddish- or brownish-yellow color.
Informal. courage; pluck.
verb (used with object)
to smooth or polish with sand, sandpaper, or some other abrasive: to sand the ends of a board.
to sprinkle with or as if with sand: to sand an icy road.
to fill up with sand, as a harbor.
to add sand to: The mischievous child sanded the sugar.
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Idioms for sand
draw a line in the sand, to set a limit; allow to go up to a point but no further.
Origin of sand
before 900; Middle English (noun), Old English; cognate with German Sand,Old Norse sandr
OTHER WORDS FROM sand
sand·a·ble, adjectivesandless, adjectivesandlike, adjectiveun·sand·ed, adjective
Definition for sand (2 of 3)
[ sand; French sahnd ]
/ sænd; French sɑ̃d /
George [jawrj; French zhawrzh] /dʒɔrdʒ; French ʒɔrʒ/ Lucile Aurore Dupin Dudevant, 1804–76, French novelist.
Definition for sand (3 of 3)
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British Dictionary definitions for sand (1 of 2)
/ (sænd) /
loose material consisting of rock or mineral grains, esp rounded grains of quartz, between 0.05 and 2 mm in diameter
(often plural) a sandy area, esp on the seashore or in a desert
- a greyish-yellow colour
- (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
(tr) to smooth or polish the surface of with sandpaper or sandto sand a floor
(tr) to sprinkle or cover with or as if with sand; add sand to
to fill or cause to fill with sandthe channel sanded up
Derived forms of sandsandlike, adjective
Word Origin for sand
Old English; related to Old Norse sandr, Old High German sant, Greek hamathos
British Dictionary definitions for sand (2 of 2)
/ (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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Medical definitions for sand
[ sănd ]
Small, loose grains of worn or disintegrated rock.
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Scientific definitions for sand
[ sănd ]
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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Idioms and Phrases with sand
see build on sand; hide one's head in the sand.
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