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
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for sandbar
Historical Examples of sandbar
Every island and sandbar was covered with dreary looking masses of driftwood of every conceivable variety.
She had run on a sandbar in the fog and was compelled to stay there for high water to get off.
At length, when our hero was all but exhausted, his feet struck a sandbar.
One of the sailors had seen a sandbar and a low line of land.
With a mad dash he was down the sandbar, up the bank and into the forest.
British Dictionary definitions for sandbar
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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Word Origin and History for sandbar
1755, from sand (n.) + bar (n.1).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
A long mass or low ridge of submerged or partially exposed sand built up in the water along a shore or beach by the action of waves or currents.
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