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Sand Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    sand n
  1. a loose material consisting of grains of rock or coral
  2. French writer known for works concerning women's rights and independence (1804-1876) [syn: George Sand, Amandine Aurore Lucie Dupin, Baroness Dudevant]
  3. fortitude and determination; "he didn't have the guts to try it" [syn: backbone, grit, guts, moxie, gumption] v : rub with sandpaper; "sandpaper the wooden surface" [syn: sandpaper]
Sand Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Molding \Mold"ing\, Moulding \Mould"ing\, p.a. Used in making a mold or moldings; used in shaping anything according to a pattern. Molding, or Moulding, board. (a) See Follow board, under Follow, v. t. (b) A board on which bread or pastry is kneaded and shaped. Molding, or Moulding, machine. (a) (Woodworking) A planing machine for making moldings. ( b ) (Founding) A machine to assist in making molds for castings. Molding, or Moulding, mill, a mill for shaping timber. Molding, or Moulding, sand (Founding), a kind of sand containing clay, used in making molds.
Sand Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Sand \Sand\, n. [AS. sand; akin to D. zand, G. sand, OHG. sant, Icel. sandr, Dan. & Sw. sand, Gr. ?.]
  1. 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. That finer matter, called sand, is no other than very small pebbles. --Woodward.
  2. A single particle of such stone. [R.] --Shak.
  3. The sand in the hourglass; hence, a moment or interval of time; the term or extent of one's life. The sands are numbered that make up my life. --Shak.
  4. pl. 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. ``The Libyan sands.'' --Milton. ``The sands o' Dee.'' --C. Kingsley.
  5. Courage; pluck; grit. [Slang] Sand badger (Zo["o]l.), the Japanese badger (Meles ankuma}).

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Sand'

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 (silicon dioxide, or SiO2), usually in the form of quartz.

As the term is used by geologists, sand particles range in diameter from 0.0625mm (or 1⁄16 mm, or 62.5 micrometers) to 2 millimeters. An individual particle in this range size is termed a sand grain. The next larger size class above sand is gravel, with particles ranging from 2 mm up to 64 mm (see particle size for standards in use). The next smaller size class in geology is silt: particles smaller than 0.0625 mm down to 0.004 mm in diameter. The size specification between sand and gravel has remained constant for more than a century, but particle diameters as small as 0.02 mm were considered sand under the Albert Atterberg standard in use during the early 20th century. A 1953 engineering standard published by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials set the minimum sand size at 0.074 mm. A 1938 specification of the United States Department of Agriculture was 0.05 mm. Sand feels gritty when rubbed between the fingers (silt, by comparison, feels like flour).

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* The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. - Jean Paul

* The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone. - George Eliot

* The trebling of the population in this small and impoverished country, flowing with milk and honey but not with sufficient water, rich in rocks and sand dunes but poor in natural resources and vital raw materials, has been no easy task Indeed, practical men, with their eyes fixed upon things as they are, regarded it as an empty and insubstantial utopian dream. - Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe

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Sand Sample Sentences in News

  • Sand collapse kills 9-year-old girl at beach
    A 9-year-old died at an Oregon beach when a hole she was digging in the sand caved in and buried her, authorities said. Read more on this news related to 'Sand'
  • There's Not Enough Sand To Satisfy America's Insatiable Fracking Demand
    American oil and gas companies are running out... Read more on this news related to 'Sand'
  • Sand collapse kills girl at beach
    When you think of potentially fatal threats at the beach, you probably think of sharks or riptides. You probably don't worry about the sand. But that unexpected killer has now claimed at least three lives in the United States this summer. Read more on this news related to 'Sand'

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