from 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.
- transitive v. To sprinkle or cover with or as if with sand.
- transitive v. To polish or scrape with sand or sandpaper.
- transitive v. To mix with sand.
- transitive v. To fill up (a harbor) with sand.
from 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.
from 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.
- transitive v. To sprinkle or cover with sand.
- transitive v. To drive upon the sand.
- transitive v. To bury (oysters) beneath drifting sand or mud.
- transitive v. To mix with sand for purposes of fraud.
from 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.
from 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)
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.
The most common releasing agent is sand, and hence the term sand moulding.
They bring in sand from the shore in every fold of their clothes, and it shakes out of them on to the carpets and the sofa cushions, and everything in the house.
After seeing what happened to Kerry and Gore, pretending that wingnut smears will just go away if we stick our heads in the sand is a recipe for defeat.
Burying one's head in the sand is an equally ineffective tactic.
Can I tell that this fellow, who shows me the stop watches and shows me marks in the sand is athletic?
This sand is absolutely dry to the stern of the Intrepid and no craft could pass through here.
Well, one day she went to what they call a sand-diviner.
I've always been fascinated by deep-sea critters, so getting to see groups of them on video was very cool. looks like a giant version of what we call a sand flea ..... use it for bait na'vi miller (Sent Wednesday, March 31, 2010 7: 07 PM)
Jacob, playing in sand which is dirty and likely infested with germs