The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Small loose grains of worn or disintegrated rock.
  • n. Geology A sedimentary material, finer than a granule and coarser than silt, with grains between 0.06 and 2.0 millimeters in diameter.
  • n. A tract of land covered with sand, as a beach or desert. Often used in the plural.
  • n. The loose, granular, gritty particles in an hourglass.
  • n. Moments of allotted time or duration: "The sands are numb'red that makes up my life” ( Shakespeare).
  • n. 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).
  • n. A light grayish brown to yellowish gray.
  • v. To sprinkle or cover with or as if with sand.
  • v. To polish or scrape with sand or sandpaper.
  • v. To mix with sand.
  • v. To fill up (a harbor) with sand.

Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. A beach or other expanse of sand.
  • n. Personal courage (used before or around 1920s).
  • n. A particle from 62.5 microns to 2 mm in diameter, following the Wentworth scale.
  • n. A light beige colour, like that of typical sand.
  • adj. Of a light beige colour, like that of typical sand.
  • v. To abrade the surface of (something) with sand or sandpaper in order to smooth or clean it.
  • v. To cover with sand.

the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. A single particle of such stone.
  • n. The sand in the hourglass; hence, a moment or interval of time; the term or extent of one's life.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Courage; pluck; grit.
  • v. To sprinkle or cover with sand.
  • v. To drive upon the sand.
  • v. To bury (oysters) beneath drifting sand or mud.
  • v. To mix with sand for purposes of fraud.

The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Water-worn detritus, finer than that to which the name gravel would ordinarily be applied: but the line between sand and gravel cannot be distinctly drawn, and they frequently occur intermingled.
  • n. A tract or region composed principally of sand, like the deserts of Arabia; or a tract of sand exposed by the ebb of the tide: as, the Libyan Sands; the Solway sands.
  • n. Any mass of small hard particles: as, the sand of an hour-glass; sand used in blotting.
  • n. In founding, a mixture of sand, clay, and other materials used in making molds for casting metals.
  • n. Sandstone: so used in the Pennsylvania petroleum region, where the various beds of petroliferous sandstone are called oil-sands, and designated as first, second, third, etc., in the order in which they are struck in the borings. Similarly, the gas-bearing sandstones are called gas-sands.
  • n. plural The moments, minutes, or small portions of time; lifetime; allotted period of life: in allusion to the sand in the hour-glass used for measuring time.
  • n. Force of character; stamina; grit; endurance; pluck.
  • To sprinkle with sand; specifically, to powder with sand, as a freshly painted surface in order to make it resemble stone, or fresh writing to keep it from blotting.
  • To add sand to: as, to sand sugar.
  • To drive upon a sand-bank.
  • n. A message; a mission; an embassy.

WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. rub with sandpaper
  • n. a loose material consisting of grains of rock or coral
  • n. fortitude and determination
  • n. French writer known for works concerning women's rights and independence (1804-1876)

Word Usage

" This enables great whites to detect a heart beat of prey buried in sand from a faint electrical field or the action of a gill or a swimming muscle of another animal. "


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