sand bar


a bar of sand formed in a river or sea by the action of tides or currents.

Origin of sand bar

First recorded in 1760–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sand bar

sandbar, shoal, sandbank, tombolo

Examples from the Web for sand bar

Historical Examples of sand bar

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

  • They did so—desiring the popero, or steersman, to put in at the extremity of the sand-bar.


    Mayne Reid

  • "She must be on the sand-bar if you heard the guns," he said.

    A Sailor's Lass

    Emma Leslie

  • These, then, were the boys who camped with me that summer night upon the sand-bar.

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

    The Silver Poppy

    Arthur Stringer

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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