Meaning of SAND in English


I. sand 1 S3 W3 /sænd/ BrE AmE noun

[ Language: Old English ]

1 . [uncountable] a substance consisting of very small pieces of rocks and minerals, that forms beaches and deserts:

a mixture of sand and cement

I have sand in my shoe.

2 . [uncountable and countable] an area of beach:

miles of golden sands

We were just sitting on the sand.

3 . the sands of time literary moments of time that pass quickly

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THESAURUS (for Meanings 1 & 2)

▪ sand a substance that forms beaches and deserts, or an area of this substance:

sunbathers lying on the sand


He could see several small figures out on the sands.

▪ beach an area of sand or small stones at the edge of the sea or a lake:

the island's golden beaches


How about a day at the beach?


a pebble beach

▪ desert a large area of land where it is always very hot and dry, and there is a lot of sand:

the Sahara desert


They crossed the desert by camel.

▪ dune/sand dune a hill made of sand near the sea or in the desert:

We went for a long walk along the dunes.


The dunes are home to a wide variety of birds and plants.

II. sand 2 BrE AmE ( also sand down ) verb [intransitive and transitive]

to make a surface smooth by rubbing it with ↑ sandpaper or using a special piece of equipment

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