sand ( sands plural & 3rd person present) ( sanding present participle) ( sanded past tense & past participle )
1 n-uncount Sand is a substance that looks like powder, and consists of extremely small pieces of stone. Some deserts and many beaches are made up of sand.
They all walked barefoot across the damp sand to the water's edge., ...grains of sand.
2 n-plural Sands are a large area of sand, for example a beach.
...miles of golden sands.
3 verb If you sand a wood or metal surface, you rub sandpaper over it in order to make it smooth or clean. Sand the surface softly and carefully. V n Sand down means the same as sand., phrasal verb I was going to sand down the chairs and repaint them... V P n (not pron) Simply sand them down with a fine grade of sandpaper. V n P
sand castle ( sand castles plural ) A sand castle is a pile of sand, usually shaped like a castle, which children make when they are playing on the beach. n-count
sand dune ( sand dunes plural ) A sand dune is a hill of sand near the sea or in a sand desert. n-count usu pl
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