sand Definition

a loose granular substance, typically pale yellowish brown, resulting from the erosion of siliceous and other rocks and forming a major constituent of beaches, riverbeds, the seabed, and deserts..

Using sand: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "sand" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The beach was covered in soft white sand.

  • Example

    The children built sandcastles on the shore.

  • Example

    The sand was too hot to walk on without shoes.

  • Example

    The sand dunes stretched for miles across the desert.

sand Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for sand

Phrases with sand

  • bury one's head in the sand

    to ignore or avoid reality or danger


    He's been burying his head in the sand about his financial problems.

  • to establish a limit or boundary that cannot be crossed


    The company drew a line in the sand regarding their policy on workplace harassment.

  • sand in one's shoes

    a feeling of restlessness or desire to travel


    After returning from her trip, she had sand in her shoes and couldn't wait to plan her next adventure.


Summary: sand in Brief

The term 'sand' [sænd] refers to loose granular particles that are typically pale yellowish-brown and found in beaches, riverbeds, deserts, and the seabed. It can be used to build sandcastles or as a metaphorical phrase such as 'bury one's head in the sand,' meaning to ignore reality, or 'draw a line in the sand,' meaning to establish a boundary.

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