Footprints in the sand on a beach.
- The definition of sand is the color that is a light grayish brown to a yellowish tan.
An example of something sand-colored are the particles on the beach.
- Sand is defined as small, loose, gritty particles of rock, or an area with these small particles.
An example of sand is what is found at the beach or on the desert.
- Sand means to sprinkle with sand, or to smooth the surface using sand particles or sandpaper.
An example of sand is to rub back and forth to smooth out a rough floor with sandpaper.
- loose, gritty particles of eroded or weathered rock, varying in size from about mm to 2 mm in diameter, usually deposited along the shores of bodies of water, in riverbeds, or in deserts
- [usually pl.] a tract or area of sand; beach, etc.
Origin of sandwith ref. to the sand in an hourglass[usually pl.] particles (of time); moments
- Slang grit; courage; determination
- any of the colors characteristic of sand, variously reddish yellow to grayish tan
Origin of sandMiddle English from OE, akin to German sand, Old Norse sandr from Indo-European base an unverified form bhes-, to rub off, pulverize from source Classical Greek psammos, Classical Latin sabulum
- to sprinkle or cover with sand
- to smooth, polish, or clean with sand, sandpaper, or other abrasive substance
- to fill with sand
- a. Small loose grains of worn or disintegrated rock.b. Geology A sedimentary material, finer than a granule and coarser than silt, with grains between 0.06 and 2.0 millimeters in diameter.
- often sands A tract of land covered with sand, as a beach or desert.
- a. The loose, granular, gritty particles in an hourglass.b. sands Moments of allotted time or duration: “The sands are numb'red that makes up my life” ( Shakespeare )
- Slang Courage; stamina; perseverance: “She had more sand in her than any girl I ever see; in my opinion she was just full of sand” ( Mark Twain )
- A light grayish brown to yellowish gray.
transitive verbsand·ed, sand·ing, sands
- To sprinkle or cover with or as if with sand.
- To polish or scrape with sand or sandpaper.
- To mix with sand.
- To fill up (a harbor) with sand.
Origin of sandMiddle English from Old English
(usually uncountable, plural sands)
- (uncountable) Rock that is ground more finely than gravel, but is not as fine as silt (more formally, see grain sizes chart), forming beaches and deserts and also used in construction.
- (often in the plural) A beach or other expanse of sand.
- The Canadian tar sands are a promising source of oil.
- (uncountable, dated) Personal courage (used before or around 1920s).
- (uncountable, geology) A particle from 62.5 microns to 2 mm in diameter, following the Wentworth scale.
- A light beige colour, like that of typical sand.
- (figuratively) A moment or interval of time; the term or extent of one's life (referring to the sand in an hourglass).
(comparative more sand, superlative most sand)
- Of a light beige colour, like that of typical sand.
(third-person singular simple present sands, present participle sanding, simple past and past participle sanded)
From Middle English, from Old English sand, from Proto-Germanic *samdaz (compare West Frisian sÃ¢n, Dutch zand, German Sand, Danish sand), from Proto-Indo-European *sÃ¡mhâ‚‚dÊ°os (compare Latin sabulum, Ancient Greek á¼„Î¼Î±Î¸Î¿Ï‚ (Ã¡mathos)), from *sem- (“to pour") (compare English dialectal samel (“sand bottom"), Old Irish to-ess-sem (“to pour out"), Latin sentina (“bilge water"), Lithuanian sÃ©mti (“to scoop"), Ancient Greek á¼€Î¼Î¬Ï‰ (amÃ¡Å, “to gather"), á¼„Î¼Î· (amÄ“, “water bucket")).