from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bank of sand; especially, a bank of sand formed by tides or currents.


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  • The water grew deeper and more swift, and it became gradually clear that there was a fallen tree trunk straining above us at the sand-bank; it stirred and pushed, the water rilling around it, and we stood back, silent now, waiting, while the water pushed above and ate away below.

    A Line Drawn in the Sand

  • The river, higher than the beach, was seeping through the immense sand-bank into the sea.

    A Line Drawn in the Sand

  • It would have been no loss to the country, if he had been drowned when his ship, in going to Scotland to fetch his family, struck on a sand-bank, and was lost with two hundred souls on board.

    A Child's History of England

  • At its southern extremity the sand-bank merges in the beach of the island, and is backed by a luxuriant growth of lofty forest.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • The canal is not continued quite through, merely because every spring-tide would throw up just such a sand-bank as now exists.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • Wishing to obtain the latitude by the natural horizon, they waded into the water some distance towards what was reported to be a sand-bank, but were so assaulted by leeches, they were fain to retreat; and a woman told them that in enticing them into the water the men only wanted to kill them.

    A Popular Account of Dr. Livingstone's Expedition to the Zambesi and Its Tributaries

  • The black at whom he fired, leaping up convulsively, fell dead upon the sand-bank, while another volley of spears, one of which passed through his shoulder, hurtled into the sand on every side of him.

    Ralph Rashleigh

  • Doubly vexed at his wound and the inattention that had permitted his enemies thus to surprise him, he looked around without at first being able to perceive from what quarter the attack emanated; but all at once he caught the glare of a human eye, fixed upon him from behind a sand-bank.

    Ralph Rashleigh

  • In selecting the proper pieces for this purpose, the men were dispersed in all directions, nearly up to their necks in mud and water; and our adventurer, having strayed at last as far as the bank of the river, was much surprised to see a boat which apparently lay dry upon a sand-bank, having canted a little on one side, no person being observable either in or near it.

    Ralph Rashleigh

  • The face of the sand-bank is perforated with hundreds of holes leading to their nests, each of which is about a foot apart from the other; and as we pass they pour out of their hiding-places, and float overhead.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa


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