sandstone

[sand-stohn]
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noun
  1. a common sedimentary rock consisting of sand, usually quartz, cemented together by various substances, as silica, calcium carbonate, iron oxide, or clay.

Origin of sandstone

First recorded in 1660–70; sand + stone
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Related Words for sandstone

conglomerate, shale, chalk, limestone, sandstone

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Contemporary Examples of sandstone

  • Her father built a successful business and the family lives in an $800,000 sandstone house in a posh Glasgow suburb.

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British Dictionary definitions for sandstone

sandstone

noun
  1. any of a group of common sedimentary rocks consisting of sand grains consolidated with such materials as quartz, haematite, and clay minerals: used widely in building
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Word Origin and History for sandstone
n.

1660s, from sand (n.) + stone (n.). So called from its composition.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

sandstone in Science

sandstone

[săndstōn′]
  1. A medium-grained sedimentary rock consisting of fine to coarse sand-sized grains that have been either compacted or cemented together by a material such as silica, iron oxide, or calcium carbonate. Although sandstone usually consists primarily of quartz, it can also consist of other minerals, and it can vary in color from yellow or red to gray or brown.
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sandstone in Culture

sandstone

A sedimentary rock formed of sand-sized grains that have been either compacted or cemented together. Although sandstone usually consists primarily of quartz, it can also consist of other minerals.

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