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sand Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a loose material consisting of grains of rock or coral
  2. noun French writer known for works concerning women's rights and independence (1804-1876)
    Amandine Aurore Lucie Dupin; Baroness Dudevant; George Sand.
  3. noun fortitude and determination
    backbone; grit; gumption; guts; moxie.
    • he didn't have the guts to try it
  4. verb rub with sandpaper
    • sandpaper the wooden surface

Sand noun
AS. sand; akin to D. zand, G. sand, OHG. sant, Icel. sandr, Dan. & Sw. sand, Gr. .
  1. Fine particles of stone, esp. of siliceous stone, but not reduced to dust; comminuted stone in the form of loose grains, which are not coherent when wet.
    That finer matter, called sand, is no other than very small pebbles. Woodsward.
  2. A single particle of such stone. R. Shak.
  3. The sand in the hourglass; hence, a moment or interval of time; the term or extent of one's life.
    The sands are numbered that make up my life. Shak.
  4. pl. Tracts of land consisting of sand, like the deserts of Arabia and Africa; also, extensive tracts of sand exposed by the ebb of the tide. "The Libyan sands." Milton. "The sands o'Dee." C. Kingsley.
  5. Courage; pluck; grit. Slang
Sand transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Sanded; present participle & verbal noun Sanding
  1. To sprinkle or cover with sand.
  2. To drive upon the sand. Obs. Burton.
  3. To bury (oysters) beneath drifting sand or mud.
  4. To mix with sand for purposes of fraud; as, to sand sugar. Colloq. 5. To grind down or make smooth by rubbing with an abrasive object, esp. with sandpaper; to sand down

Webster 1913