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 sandbar

shoal, reef, spit, dune

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British Dictionary definitions for sandbar

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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Word Origin and History for sandbar

1755, from sand (n.) + bar (n.1).

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sandbar in Science



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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