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[sand-blast, -blahst]
  1. a blast of air or steam laden with sand, used to clean, grind, cut, or decorate hard surfaces, as of glass, stone, or metal.
  2. the apparatus used to apply such a blast.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to clean, smooth, etc., with a sandblast.
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Origin of sandblast

First recorded in 1870–75; sand + blast
Related formssand·blast·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for sandblast

Historical Examples

  • They are sometimes sharpened with a sandblast, but ordinarily when dull are discarded.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes

  • There is weight behind them, and the impact of the driven water is like a sandblast.

  • In the “sandblast” process the surface of the glass is exposed to a stream of sharp sand driven by compressed air.

  • Etchings executed on glass with suitable kinds of ink are accurately worked out by the sandblast.

British Dictionary definitions for sandblast


  1. a jet of sand or grit blown from a nozzle under air, water, or steam pressure
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verb (tr)
  1. to clean, grind, or decorate (a surface) with a sandblast
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Derived Formssandblaster, noun
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