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sand

  

      n  
1    loose material consisting of rock or mineral grains, esp. rounded grains of quartz, between 0.2 and 2 mm in diameter  
2    often pl   a sandy area, esp. on the seashore or in a desert  
3   
a    a greyish-yellow colour  
b    (as adj.)  
sand upholstery     
4    the grains of sandlike material in an hourglass  
5      (U.S.)  
informal   courage; grit  
6    the sands are running out   there is not much time left before death or the end  
      vb  
7    tr   to smooth or polish the surface of with sandpaper or sand  
to sand a floor     
8    tr   to sprinkle or cover with or as if with sand; add sand to  
9    to fill or cause to fill with sand  
the channel sanded up     
     (Old English; related to Old Norse sandr, Old High German sant, Greek hamathos)  
  sandlike      adj  


foundry sand  
      n   silica-based sand mixed with clay, oil, etc., to improve its cohesive strength, used in moulding  
oil sand  
      n   a sandstone impregnated with hydrocarbons, esp. such deposits in Alberta, Canada  
Sand     (French)  
      n   George (<PH:Z><PH:%><PH:r><PH:Z>), pen name of Amandine Aurore Lucie Dupin. 1804--76, French novelist, best known for such pastoral novels as La Mare au diable (1846) and François le Champi (1847--48) and for her works for women's rights to independence  
sand bar  
      n   a ridge of sand in a river or sea, built up by the action of tides, currents, etc., and often exposed at low tide  
sand-blind  
      adj   not completely blind; partially able to see  
   Compare       stone-blind  
     (C15: changed (through influence of sand) from Old English samblind (unattested), from sam- half, semi- + blind)  
  sand-blindness      n  
sand-cast  
      vb   , -casts, -casting, -cast   tr   to produce (a casting) by pouring molten metal into a mould of sand  
  sand-casting      n  
sand castle  
      n   a mass of sand moulded into a castle-like shape, esp. as made by a child on the seashore  
sand crack  
      n     (Vet. science)   a deep crack or fissure in the wall of a horse's hoof, often causing lameness  
   See also       toe crack       quarter crack  
sand dab  
      n   any of various small flatfishes of the genus Citharichthys that occur in American Pacific coastal waters and are important food fishes  
sand dollar  
      n   any of various flattened disclike echinoderms of the order Clypeasteroida, of shallow North American coastal waters: class Echinoidea (sea urchins)  
sand eel   , lance  
      n   any silvery eel-like marine spiny-finned fish of the family Ammodytidae found burrowing in sand or shingle,   (Popular name)    launce  
sand flea  
      n      another name for the       chigoe       1       sand hopper  
sand hopper  
      n   any of various small hopping amphipod crustaceans of the genus Orchestia and related genera, common in intertidal regions of seashores,   (Also called)    beach flea, sand flea  
sand lance   , launce  
      n      another name for the       sand eel  
sand leek  
      n   a Eurasian alliaceous plant, Allium scorodoprasum, having reddish-pink flowers, purple bulbils, and a garlic-like bulb  
   See also       rocambole  
sand lizard  
      n   a small greyish-brown European lizard, Lacerta agilis, that has long clawed digits and, in the male, bright green underparts: family Lacertidae  
sand martin  
      n   a small brown European songbird, Riparia riparia, with white underparts: it nests in tunnels bored in sand, river banks, etc.: family Hirundinidae (swallows and martins)  
sand painting  
      n   a type of painting done by American Indians, esp. in the healing ceremonies of the Navaho, using fine coloured sand on a neutral ground  
sand shrimp  
      n      See       shrimp       4  
sand table  
      n     (Military)   a surface on which sand can be modelled into a relief map on which to demonstrate tactics  
sand trap  
      n      another name (esp. U.S.) for       bunker       2  
sand viper  
      n  
1    a S European viper, Vipera ammodytes, having a yellowish-brown coloration with a zigzag pattern along the back  
2       another name for       horned viper  
sand wasp  
      n   a solitary wasp of the subfamily Sphecinae, a subgroup of the digger wasps most of which nest in sandy ground  
sand wedge  
      n     (Golf)   a club with a flanged sole and a face angle of more than 50°, used in bunker shots to cut through sand, get under the ball, and lift it clear  
sand yacht  
      n   a wheeled boat with sails, built to be propelled over sand, esp. beaches, by the wind  
tar sand  
      n   a sandstone in which hydrocarbons have been trapped; the lighter compounds evaporate, leaving a residue of asphalt in the rock pores  
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n.
military aviation term: loss of visual reference during take-off or landing due to the sand or dust
v.
wave hand as a sign of rejection, disapproval or lack of interest
v.
to depend on something or on someone to cover the basic expenses
E.g.: He lived off the money he inherited from his father while he had been working as a volunteer.
exp.
A thing which ought to be perfectly vertical but which through fault is slanting is said to be off plumb.
exp.
he is a very good seller
exp.
expression meaning that a situation is no longer certain or predictable and that anything can happen
originating from horse racing where "all bets are off" indicated that bets already made were null due to various unpredicted factors
exp.
live without being connected to one of more public utilities (such as water, electric power)
exp.
laughing my fucking ass off
[Slang];[Arg.]
exp.
mislead someone; deliberately provide wrong information to forbid someone from knowing the truth
E.g.: They are no longer in town, but hey left their car in front of the house just to put everybody off the scent.
exp.
get well with someone from the very beginning of the relationship
used when referring to romantic relationship, but also in a larger meaning: He hit it off with his teacher; he will continue taking classes with her.
exp.
go away idiot, fool ; leave me alone idiot, fool ; fuck you idiot, fool ; fuck off idiot, fool.
[Slang];[Vulg.]

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