sand

Definitions

  • WRESTED FROM THE SAND
    WRESTED FROM THE SAND
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sand rub with sandpaper "sandpaper the wooden surface"
    • n sand fortitude and determination "he didn't have the guts to try it"
    • n Sand French writer known for works concerning women's rights and independence (1804-1876)
    • n sand a loose material consisting of grains of rock or coral
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Went over in the Sand and Struck his Pants on a Cactus 233 Went over in the Sand and Struck his Pants on a Cactus 233
PLATE LIII. THE NIBLICK IN A BUNKER. TOP OF AN ORDINARY STROKE WHEN IT IS INTENDED TO TAKE MUCH SAND PLATE LIII. THE NIBLICK IN A BUNKER. TOP OF AN ORDINARY STROKE WHEN IT IS INTENDED TO TAKE MUCH SAND
THE HOUSE BUILT UPON THE SAND THE HOUSE BUILT UPON THE SAND
SAND HILL CRANES IN FLORIDA SAND HILL CRANES IN FLORIDA
THERE IS WATER ON THE SAND HERE THERE IS WATER ON THE SAND HERE
COME UNTO THESE YELLOW SANDS COME UNTO THESE YELLOW SANDS
WASHING SAND FOR DIAMONDS WASHING SAND FOR DIAMONDS

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a survey of 200000 ostriches over 80 years, not one tried to bury its head in the sand.
    • Sand A single particle of such stone.
    • Sand Courage; pluck; grit.
    • Sand 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."
    • Sand 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."
    • Sand To bury (oysters) beneath drifting sand or mud.
    • Sand To drive upon the sand.
    • Sand To mix with sand for purposes of fraud; as, to sand sugar.
    • Sand To sprinkle or cover with sand.
    • Sand 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 .""The sands o' Dee."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Ostriches stick their heads in the sand to look for water.
    • n sand 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. Sand consists usually of the debris of crystalline rocks, and quartz very commonly predominates in it, since this mineral is very little liable to chemical change or decomposition. In regions of exclusively calcareous rocks there is rarely any considerable amount of what can be properly called sand, finely comminuted calcareous materials being extremely liable to become reconsolidated. Sand occurs in every stage of wear, from that in which the particles have sharp edges, showing that they have been derived from the recent breaking up of granitic and other silicious rocks, to that in which the fragments are thoroughly rounded, showing that they have been rubbed against one another during a great length of time. Sand, when consolidated by pressure or held together by some cement, becomes sandstone; and a large part of the material forming the series of stratified rocks is sandstone.
    • n sand 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 sand Any mass of small hard particles: as, the sand of an hour-glass; sand used in blotting.
    • n sand In founding, a mixture of sand, clay, and other materials used in making molds for casting metals. It is distinguished according to different qualities, etc., and is therefore known by specific names: as, core-sand, green sand, old sand, etc.
    • n sand 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 sand 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 sand Force of character; stamina; grit; endurance; pluck.
    • sand 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.
    • sand To add sand to: as, to sand sugar.
    • sand To drive upon a sand-bank.
    • n sand A message; a mission; an embassy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are more stars than all of the grains of sand on earth.
    • n Sand sand fine particles of crushed or worn rocks, used in founding: force of character:
    • v.t Sand to sprinkle with sand
    • n Sand a nick-name for a Scotsman (from Alexander)
    • n Sand sand (pl.) lands covered with sand: a sandy beach: moments of time, from the use of sand in the hour-glass
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Quotations

  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down.”
  • Julia C. R. Dorr
    Julia C. R. Dorr
    “Who soweth good seed shall surely reap; The year grows rich as it groweth old, And life's latest sands are its sands of gold!”
  • Jean Paul
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    “The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “As falls the dew on quenchless sands, blood only serves to wash ambition's hands.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    Napoleon%20Hill
    “If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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    “Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime. And, departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time.”

Idioms

Bury your head in the sand - If someone buries their head in the sand, they ignore something that is obviously wrong.
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Draw a line in the sand - If you draw a line in the sand, you establish a limit beyond which things will be unacceptable.
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Run into the sand - If something runs into the sand, it fails to achieve a result.
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Shifting sands - If the sands are shifting, circumstances are changing.
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Take sand to the beach - Doing something that is completely pointless or unnecessary is like taking sand to the beach.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. sand,; akin to D. zand, G. sand, OHG. sant, Icel. sandr, Dan. & Sw. sand, Gr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sand; Dut. zand, Ger. sand, Ice. sand-r.

Usage

In literature:

Beyond the river we found ourselves again upon yellow sand and ashes.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
I think it must have been port; and they lay where they were on the sand and slept till the morning after.
"From Edinburgh to India & Burmah" by William G. Burn Murdoch
All declared they saw sand rolling among the ripple of the sea.
"Perils and Captivity" by Charlotte-Adélaïde [née Picard] Dard
The second time he put down his feet he trod on the sand.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
He was between Sir John and the doctor as they stepped off in a line over the soft sand, and the latter turned for a moment, looking serious.
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
Sand the shellac when hard with No.
"Mission Furniture" by H. H. Windsor
Even their bodies cast no shadow, except upon the white sand directly underneath them, at the bottom of the sea.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
The third substance used in concrete is sand; but it must be the right kind of sand, having both fine and coarse grains.
"Diggers in the Earth" by Eva March Tappan
I must give years upon years yet to the sand-buried cities and tombs of Egypt.
"In the Mahdi's Grasp" by George Manville Fenn
They both went into a corner of the yard, where Rollo used to have his sand-garden.
"Rollo's Experiments" by Jacob Abbott
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In poetry:

A young girl stands
Upon the sands,
And waves her hands--
Flirtation.
"Vitascope Pictures" by Edwin Carty Ranck
I miss you always
when I go to the beach
the sand is wet with
tears that seem mine
"Morning" by Frank O Hara
First he woxe pale, and then woxe red;
Never a word he spake but three;—
"My sand is run; my thread is spun;
This sign regardeth me."
"Thomas the Rhymer" by Sir Walter Scott
For we remember the sun and the sand
And the rocks whereon we trod,
Ere we came to a scorched and a scornful land
That did not know our God;
"Rimmon" by Rudyard Kipling
Well I remember how you smiled
To see me write your name upon
The soft sea-sand . . . "O! what a child!
You think you're writing upon stone!"
"Well I Remember How You Smiled" by Walter Savage Landor
Come back to St. Andrews! Before you went away
You said you would be wretched where you could not see the Bay,
The East sands and the West sands and the castle in the sea
Come back to St. Andrews—St. Andrews and me.
"Come Back to St Andrews" by Robert Fuller Murray

In news:

Adult digs its nest burrow and sprays its chicks with sand, Commerce City, Colorado, July 25, 2012.
The adult disappears into its nest burrow to dig and sprays its chicks with sand.
Chace Crawford Lost His Virginity To Shauna Sand.
The Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford lost his virginity to ex-Playboy model Shauna Sand who is 14 years his senior.
A teenage girl celebrating her 17th birthday took a ride on a chairlift on the Jersey Shore and ended up jumping 35 feet to the sand below, because she panicked seeing a thunderstorm rolling in.
Chaparral volleyball player Emily Podschweit has her heart in the sand.
Sandcastles aren't child's play at Olympia's Sand in the City.
No matter what you call them—cicada killers or sand hornets—the two-inch wasps look pretty scary.
Also, we buy houses & whole estates & haul sand, stone & mulch 570-386-3436.
Mounting concerns over sand mining in Houston County drew protestors to an Aug 28 informational meeting put on by Minnesota Sands.
Primal urges compel us toward sun, sand of Florida.
Why the oil sands conduit will get built.
We'd Love to Get Stuck in a Sand Trap with These 5 Hot Female Golfers.
Western Wisconsin finds itself sitting on a prized commodity - silica sand.
5 actors gleaming like sea glass on bare sand.
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In science:

With self-organized criticality one normally starts with many degrees of freedom, such as the possible locations of grains of sand in a sandpile, and then extracts simple general features.
Playing with sandpiles
With finite and open b oundaries, sand spreads until it is lost at the edges.
Playing with sandpiles
One can then add some more sand and watch the system relax.
Playing with sandpiles
Applying sand to a stable system is formalized with the definition of an “addition operator” ai so that aiC is a new con figuration obtained by taking Zi → Zi + 1 and then relaxing.
Playing with sandpiles
This leads to the definition of the “recursive set ” R, which consists of any stable con figuration that can be obtained by adding sand to an y state.
Playing with sandpiles
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