- 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
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Her father built a successful business and the family lives in an $800,000 sandstone house in a posh Glasgow suburb.The Bride of ISIS Revealed
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No polishing of sandstone will reveal the mottling of marble.A Dish Of Orts
The rocks of the Jason may be seen in any quarry of Warwickshire sandstone.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
Quartz, sandstone and the granites are of low cementing value.American Rural Highways
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If the layers were of sand, the rock is sandstone; if of clay, it is shale.Boy Scouts Handbook
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It is found associated with sandstone, which contains many fossils.
- 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
Word Origin and History for sandstone
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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