from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See under Sandstone.
  • n. a name given to two extensive series of British rocks in which red sandstones predominate, one below, and the other above, the coal measures. These were formerly known as the Old and the New Red Sandstone respectively, and the former name is still retained for the group preceding the Coal and referred to the Devonian age, but the term New Red Sandstone is now little used, some of the strata being regarded as Permian and the remained as Triassic. See the Chart of Geology.


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  • The new room is spacious and lofty compared with the rest of the house; it has a long window with thick red sandstone mullions ” there at last is a touch of Gothicism ” to look down the lake, and a bay window open on the narrow lawn sloping steeply down to the road in front, and the view of the Old Man.

    The Life of John Ruskin

  • They used to play hookey down at Stratton Falls, too, and get the green streaks in the old red sandstone rocks to make slate pencils of, trying them on their teeth to make sure they were soft enough not to scratch their slates.

    Our Friend John Burroughs

  • AT A SACRED Aborigine site called Ubirr, amid the red sandstone bluffs of Kakadu National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory, a guide says to me, “There’s your thylacine.”

    The Song of The Dodo

  • As the red sandstone from which the tombs are hewn is veined with a variety of colours, and as the light is dazzling, this city of the dead presents the appearance of a veritable fairy-land, the like of which is not to be seen elsewhere in the world.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • Every fifty or a hundred or two hundred feet in the Catskill formation the old contractors slipped in a layer of soft, slatey, red sandstone which introduces an element of weakness and that we everywhere see the effects of.

    My Boyhood

  • The new red sandstone of Connecticut will also fill a gap in the history of fossil fishes, and this acquisition is so much the more important, because, at the epoch of the gres bigarre, a marked change took place in the anatomical character of fishes.

    Louis Agassiz His Life and Correspondence

  • The nymet places are perched on a slender lick of new red sandstone that runs out west from Exeter to Okehampton.



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