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  1. strong paper coated with a layer of sand or other abrasive, used for smoothing or polishing.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to smooth or polish with or as if with sandpaper.
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Origin of sandpaper

First recorded in 1815–25; sand + paper
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  • The sandpaper must be applied unsparingly and always with the grain.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

  • You were just rubbing the sandpaper and the cloth together and singing.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He could hear a faint rasping like the rustle of sandpaper, as they did so.

  • Move the third brush only 1/16 inch and then sandpaper the brush seat with 00 sandpaper.

  • His throat was like sandpaper and the words came out in a rasp.

    The Dark Door

    Alan Edward Nourse

British Dictionary definitions for sandpaper


  1. (formerly) a strong paper coated with sand for smoothing and polishing
  2. a common name for glasspaper
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  1. (tr) to polish or grind (a surface) with or as if with sandpaper
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Word Origin and History for sandpaper


also sand-paper, 1788, from sand (n.) + paper (n.).

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1835, from sandpaper (n.). Related: Sandpapered; sandpapering.

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