• WordNet 3.6
    • n sandman an elf in fairy stories who sprinkles sand in children's eyes to make them sleepy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sandman A mythical person who makes children sleepy, so that they rub their eyes as if there were sand in them.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sandman A fabulous person who is supposed to make children sleepy: probably so called in allusion to the rubbing of their eyes when sleepy, as if to rub out particles of sand.
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In literature:

Is the sandman throwing sand in your eyes?
"The Grim Smile of the Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett
The Sandman was gravely consulting his list.
"The Wonderful Bed" by Gertrude Knevels
The stars twinkled overhead, the sandman was abroad, curfew sounded through the dunes, and all was quiet.
"Wells Brothers" by Andy Adams
At last her father offered to lie on the bed till the "sandman" arrived.
"More Toasts"
My name is Jerry Sandman, the second mate, for the want of a better.
"A Victorious Union" by Oliver Optic
Sandman: His Farm Stories, The.
"A Mother's List of Books for Children" by Gertrude Weld Arnold
I wish old Santa would hurry up and come, 'cause the old Sandman is here already.
"The White Christmas and other Merry Christmas Plays" by Walter Ben Hare
Soon the sandman will come.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
Your row on the lake made the sandman come around earlier than usual I guess.
"The Bobbsey Twins on Blueberry Island" by Laura Lee Hope
Sandman, who puts little children to sleep.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon

In poetry:

I'd like to dream my own dreams,
Instead of dreaming those
The silly sandman brings along
Like moving picture shows.
"Dreams" by John Chipman Farrar
The Sandman's coming in his train of cars
With moonbeam windows and with wheels of stars
So hush you little ones and have no fear
The man-in-the-moon he is the engineer
"The Sandman" by Anonymous British
To no family-featured ghost,
Nor did any word body with a name
The blank mood she walked in. Once past
The dream-peopled village, her eyes entertained no dream,
And the sandman's dust
"Hardcastle Crags" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Definitely Not the Sandman Entering.
Beer missiles, secret bombs and the ' Sandman '.
Exit Sandman : Is this how it ends for Rivera.
Go here for the full rundown of the panel and an update on Kripke's Sandman TV series.
Homeboy Sandman, 'Whatchu Want From Me'.
What do Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost all have in common.
(L-R) Sandman, Bunnymund, North, Tooth and Jack Frost in "The Guardians.".
Legendary closer Mariano Rivera and the Yankees have made it official – the all-time saves leader still wants to close games and the Yankees still want the ninth inning to begin with the Metallica's 'Enter Sandman.
Tech gurus excel with Sandman in 'Guardians'.
According to, Metallica gave the school permission to make and sell "Enter Sandman" shirts, with the agreement that all the proceeds go to the Morgan Harrington Scholarship Fund.
Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer were married in early 2010, and we noticed this "Sandman" graphic novel on Palmer 's desk.
Back in 2006, Neil Gaiman fans got a fresh-eyed look at Dream with the first Absolute Edition of "The Sandman" series.
Rise to Remain have released their cover of Metallica's "Enter Sandman" which you can check out.
The Sandman, usually a faithful worker at our house, was nowhere to be found.
During the performance of 'Enter Sandman,' one of the onstage flare launchers malfunctioned.

In science:

Nirit Sandman and a pair of anonymous referees deserve particular thanks for their close reading of a previous version of the manuscript, which uncovered certain points requiring improvement.
Tamari lattices and noncrossing partitions in type B and beyond
Sandman, A type-B Tamari poset, Discrete Appl.
Tamari lattices and noncrossing partitions in type B and beyond
Sandman, Homotopy types of intervals in the type B Tamari lattice, preprint (2004). [Sim] R.
Tamari lattices and noncrossing partitions in type B and beyond