What does sand mean?
Definitions for sand
sænd; Fr. sɑ̃d, sɑ̃sand
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word sand.
a loose material consisting of grains of rock or coral
Sand, George Sand, Amandine Aurore Lucie Dupin, Baroness Dudevantnoun
French writer known for works concerning women's rights and independence (1804-1876)
backbone, grit, guts, moxie, sand, gumptionverb
fortitude and determination
"he didn't have the guts to try it"
rub with sandpaper
"sandpaper the wooden surface"
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.
A beach or other expanse of sand.
The Canadian tar sands are a promising source of oil.
Personal courage (used before or around 1920s).
A particle from 62.5 microns to 2 mm in diameter, following the Wentworth scale.
To abrade the surface of (something) with sand or sandpaper in order to smooth or clean it.
To cover with sand.
Of a light beige colour, like that of typical sand.
Etymology: See the verb sendan
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: sand, Danish and Dutch.
That finer matter called sand, is no other than very small pebbles. John Woodward.
Here i’ th’ sands
Thee I’ll rake up, the post unsanctified. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.
Hark, the fatal followers do pursue!
The sands are number’d that make up my life:
Here must I stay, and here my life must end. William Shakespeare, H. VI.
Sand hath always its root in clay, and there be no veins of sand any great depth within the earth. Francis Bacon.
Calling for more paper to rescribe, king Philip shewed him the difference betwixt the ink box and sand box. James Howell.
If quicksilver be put into a convenient glass vessel, and that vessel exactly stopped, and kept for ten weeks in a sand furnace, whose heat may be constant, the corpuscles that constitute the quicksilver will, after innumerable revolutions, be so connected to one another, that they will appear in the form of a red powder. Boyle.
Engag’d with money bags, as bold
As men with sand bags did of old. Hudibras.
The force of water casts gold out from the bowels of mountains, and exposes it among the sands of rivers. Dryden.
Shells are found in the great sand pit at Woolwich. John Woodward.
Celia and I, the other day,
Walk’d o’er the sand hills to the sea. Matthew Prior.
Most of his army being slain, he, with a few of his friends, sought to save themselves by flight over the desert sands. Richard Knolles.
Her sons spread
Beneath Gibraltar to the Lybian sands. John Milton.
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
a single particle of such stone
the sand in the hourglass; hence, a moment or interval of time; the term or extent of one's life
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
courage; pluck; grit
to sprinkle or cover with sand
to drive upon the sand
to bury (oysters) beneath drifting sand or mud
to mix with sand for purposes of fraud; as, to sand sugar
Etymology: [AS. sand; akin to D. zand, G. sand, OHG. sant, Icel. sandr, Dan. & Sw. sand, Gr. .]
Sand is a naturally occurring granular material composed of finely divided rock and mineral particles. The composition of sand is highly variable, depending on the local rock sources and conditions, but the most common constituent of sand in inland continental settings and non-tropical coastal settings is silica, usually in the form of quartz. The second most common form of sand is calcium carbonate, for example aragonite, which has mostly been created, over the past half billion years, by various forms of life, like coral and shellfish. It is, for example, the primary form of sand apparent in areas where reefs have dominated the ecosystem for millions of years like the Caribbean.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sand, n. fine particles of crushed or worn rocks, used in founding: force of character: (pl.) lands covered with sand: a sandy beach: moments of time, from the use of sand in the hour-glass.—v.t. to sprinkle with sand.—ns. Sand′-bag (fort.), a canvas bag filled with sand or earth, forming a ready means of giving cover against an enemy's fire, or of tamping the charge in a mine: an engraver's leather cushion, &c.; Sand′-bag′ger, a robber who uses a sand-bag to stun his victims; Sand′-ball, a ball of soap mixed with fine sand for the toilet; Sand′-band, a guard-ring to keep sand from working into the axle-box; Sand′-bank, a bank of sand formed by tides and currents; Sand′-bath, a vessel of hot sand for heating vessels without direct exposure to the fire: a bath in which the body is covered with warm sea-sand: saburration; Sand′-bear, the Indian badger; Sand′-bed, the bed into which the iron from the blast-furnace is run; Sand′-bird, a sandpiper: a shore bird; Sand′-blast, sand driven by a blast of air or steam for cutting and engraving figures on glass or metal.—adj. Sand′-blind, afflicted with partial blindness, in which particles of sand seem to float before the eyes.—ns. Sand′-blind′ness; Sand′-blow′er, a sand bellows; Sand′-box, a box with a perforated top for sprinkling sand on writing, a contrivance formerly used by way of blotting-paper: a box with sand to prevent the wheels of a rail from slipping; Sand′-brake, a device for stopping trains automatically; Sand′-bug, a burrowing crustacean: a digger-wasp; Sand′-bur, a weed found in the plains of the western United States; Sand′-canal′, the stone canal of an echinoderm; Sand′-cherr′y, the dwarf cherry; Sand′-cock, the redshank; Sand′-crab, the lady-crab; Sand′-crack, a crack in a horse's hoof: a crack in a moulded brick before burning; Sand′-crick′et, a name applied to certain large crickets in the western United States; Sand′-dab, a kind of plaice; Sand′-dart, a British noctuid moth; Sand′-dart′er, -div′er, a small etheostomine fish of the Ohio valley; Sand′-doll′ar, a flat sea-urchin; Sand′-drift, a mound of drifted sand; Sand′-dune, a ridge of loose sand drifted by the wind.—adj. Sand′ed (Shak.), marked with yellow spots: sprinkled with sand: short-sighted.—ns. Sand′-eel, a small eel-like fish, which buries itself in the sand when the tide retires; Sand′erling, a genus of birds of the snipe family, characterised by the absence of a hind-toe, common on the coast, eating marine worms, small crustaceans, and bivalve molluscs; Sand′-fence, a barrier in a stream of stakes and iron wire; Sand′-fish, a fish of the genus Trichodon; Sand′-flag, sandstone which splits up into flagstones; Sand′-flea, the chigoe or jigger; Sand′-flood, a moving mass of desert sand; Sand′-floun′der, a common North American flounder; Sand′-fly, a small New England biting midge; Sand′-glass, a glass instrument for measuring time by the running out of sand; Sand′-grass, grass that grows by the sea-shore; Sand′-grouse, a small order of birds, quite distinct from the true grouse, having two genera, Pterocles and Syrrhaptes, with beautiful plumage, heavy body, long and pointed wings, very short legs and toes; Sand′-heat, the heat of warm sand in chemical operations; Sand′-hill, a hill of sand; Sand′-hill crane, the brown crane of North America; Sand′-hill′er, one of the poor whites living in the sandy hills of Georgia; Sand′-hop′per, a small crustacean in the order Amphipoda, often seen on the sandy sea-shore, like swarms of dancing flies, leaping up by bending the body together, and throwing it out with a sudden jerk: a sand-flea; Sand′-horn′et, a sand-wasp; Sand′iness, sandy quality, esp. as regards colour; Sand′ing, the process of testing the surface of gilding, after it has been fired, with fine sand and water: the process of burying oysters in sand.—adj. Sand′ish (obs.).—ns. Sand′-jet (see Sand′-blast); Sand′-lark, a wading-bird that runs along the sand: a sandpiper; Sand′-liz′ard, a common lizard; Sand′-lob, the common British lug or lob worm; Sand′-mar′tin, the smallest of British swallows, which builds its nest in sandy river-banks and gravel-pits; Sand′-mā′son, a common British tube-worm; Sand′-mole, a South African rodent; Sand′-mouse, the dunlin: a sandpiper; Sand′-natt′er, a sand-snake; Sand′-pā′per, paper covered with a kind of sand for smoothing and polishing; Sand′-peep, the American stint: the peetweet; Sand′-perch, the grass-bass; Sand′piper, a wading-bird of the snipe family, which frequents sandy river-banks, distinguished by its clear piping note.—n.pl. Sand′-pipes, perpendicular cylindrical hollows, tapering to a point, occurring in chalk deposits, and so called from being usually filled with sand, gravel, or clay.—ns. Sand′-pit, a place from which sand is extracted; Sand′-plov′er, a ring-necked plover; Sand′-pride, a very small species of lamprey found in the rivers of Britain; Sand′-pump, a long cylinder with valved piston for use in drilling rocks—a Sand′-sludg′er: a sand-ejector, modified from the jet-pump, used in caissons for sinking the foundations of bridges; Sand′-rat, a geomyoid rodent, esp. the camass rat; Sand′-reed, a shore grass; Sand′-reel, a windlass used in working a sand-pump; Sand′-ridge, a sand-bank; Sand′-roll, a metal roll cast in sand; Sand′-run′ner, a sandpiper; Sand′-sau′cer, a round mass of agglutinated egg-capsules of a naticoid gasteropod, found on beaches; Sand′-scoop, a dredge for scooping up sand; Sand′-screen, a sand-sifter; Sand′-screw, an amphipod which burrows in the sand; Sand′-shark, a small voracious shark; Sand′-shot, small cast-iron balls cast in sand; Sand′-shrimp, a shrimp; Sand′-skink, a European skink found in sandy places; Sand′-skip′per, a beach flea; Sand′-snake, a short-tailed boa-like serpent; Sand′-snipe, the sandpiper; Sand′-spout, a moving pillar of sand; Sand′star, a starfish: a brittle star; Sand′-stone, a rock formed of compacted and more or less indurated sand (Old Red Sandstone, a name given to a series of strata—along with the parallel but nowhere coexisting Devonian—intermediate in age between the Silurian and Carboniferous systems); Sand′-storm, a storm of wind carrying along clouds of sand; Sand′-suck′er, the rough dab; Sand′-throw′er, a tool for throwing sand on newly sized or painted surfaces; Sand′-trap, a device for separating sand from running water; Sand′-vī′per, a hog-nosed snake; Sand′-washer, an apparatus for separating sand from earthy substances; Sand′-wasp, a digger-wasp.—v.t. Sand′-weld, to weld iron with sand.—ns. Sand′-worm, a worm that lives in the sand; Sand′-wort, any plant of the genus Arenaria.—adj. Sand′y, consisting of, or covered with, sand: loose: of the colour of sand.—n. a nick-name for a Scotsman (from Alexander).—ns. Sand′y-car′pet, a geometrid moth; Sand′y-lav′erock (Scot.), a sand-lark. [A.S. sand; Dut. zand, Ger. sand, Ice. sand-r.]
A type of material.
Sand is found on beaches and is created from rock from quarries and the earth and used for a variety of purposes.
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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sand is ranked #6974 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Sand surname appeared 4,810 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Sand.
90.5% or 4,353 total occurrences were White.
3.2% or 157 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
2.4% or 117 total occurrences were Black.
1.8% or 87 total occurrences were Asian.
1.1% or 53 total occurrences were of two or more races.
0.8% or 43 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'sand' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3317
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'sand' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3437
Rank popularity for the word 'sand' in Nouns Frequency: #1261
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The numerical value of sand in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of sand in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of sand in a Sentence
We're giving them time, but we are drawing a hard line in the sand that if you want to be present with students, you will have to have the vaccine.
The walls of the older castle were different in its design of the newest castle, where rooms [were] filled with sand, pottery and dem were built inside the walls of the fences at regular distances, perhaps the purpose of reducing pressure on the 11 M Castle Wall Body, and maybe these rooms are also used as rainwater banks and are a feature of architecture during the Zionist era. The oldest castle is also likely to be the largest space of the castle previously discovered.
He who, having lost one ideal, refuses to give his heart and soul to another and nobler, is like a man who declines to build a house on rock because the wind and rain ruined his house on the sand.
I was on the phone with my 7-year-old daughter who asked me if her daddy was going to die, and that's when I collapsed on the floor like an accordion, i got up and burst out of the sand-bagged hospital doors to get back home to my husband, but I was stopped by 5-foot deep freezing seawater.
I can take this kind of really uncontrolled, crazy environment -- the ocean -- and basically get it exactly to match what I had in my mind, i would sit there and wait literally hours to get the right combination of wash on the sand and the right turbulence out on the sea.
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Translations for sand
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- platja, sorra, arenaCatalan, Valencian
- pláž, kuráž, písekCzech
- пѣсъкъOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- sandstrand, sandfarvet, strand, sandDanish
- Sand, Sandfarbe, Sandstrand, schmirgeln, schleifenGerman
- αμμουδιά, άμμοςGreek
- arena, playa, lijarSpanish
- hondar, hareaBasque
- شن, ریگ, ماسهPersian
- hiekanvärinen, hiekkaranta, santa, hiekka, hietikko, hiekoittaa, hioaFinnish
- sable, cran, plageFrench
- sânWestern Frisian
- tràigh, gainmheachScottish Gaelic
- praia, xabre, areaGalician
- रेत, बालूHindi
- spiaggia, sabbia, rena, insabbiare, scartavetrareItalian
- 砂色, 砂浜, 砂, ビーチ, 磨くJapanese
- ქვიშა, სილა, მეჩეჩიGeorgian
- خۆڵ, xîz, qûmKurdish
- rāmentum, arēna, harēna, harenaeLatin
- ramel, borraMaltese
- zandstrand, zand, lef, zavel, zandkleurig, zandkleurige, schurenDutch
- sandNorwegian Nynorsk
- sandstrand, sandfarget, strand, sandNorwegian
- séíNavajo, Navaho
- arena, sablaOccitan
- praia, areia, arearPortuguese
- sablun, sablungRomansh
- curaj, arină, plajă, nisip, nisipi, sabla, acoperi cu nisip, nisipiuRomanian
- pijesak, пијесак, pesak, песакSerbo-Croatian
- strand, sand, sandfärgad, sandstrand, snow, sandpappra, ice, sanda, slipaSwedish
- çäge, gumTurkmen
- one'oneTonga (Tonga Islands)
- قۇمUyghur, Uighur
- זאַמד, הובלעװעןYiddish
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