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  1. [n]  (informal) fortitude and determination; "he didn't have the guts to try it"
  2. [n]  French writer known for works concerning women's rights and independence (1804-1876)
  3. [n]  a loose material consisting of grains of rock or coral
  4. [v]  rub with sandpaper; "sandpaper the wooden surface"
 Synonyms: Amandine Aurore Lucie Dupin, backbone, Baroness Dudevant, George Sand, grit, gumption, guts, moxie, sandpaper
 See Also: atomic number 14, author, beach, concrete, dirt, fortitude, quicksand, rough-sand, sand bar, sandbar, Si, silicon, smooth, smoothen, soil, spit, tongue, writer



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Describes the many uses of sand, what it looks like, where it is found, and how it is formed.

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Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sand\, n. [AS. sand; akin to D. zand, G. sand, OHG. sant,
    Icel. sandr, Dan. & Sw. sand, Gr. ?.]
    1. 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.                   --Woodward.
    2. A single particle of such stone. [R.] --Shak.
    3. 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. --Shak.
    4. pl. 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.'' --Milton.
       ``The sands o' Dee.'' --C. Kingsley.
    5. Courage; pluck; grit. [Slang]
    {Sand badger} (Zo["o]l.), the Japanese badger ({Meles
    {Sand bag}.
       (a) A bag filled with sand or earth, used for various
           purposes, as in fortification, for ballast, etc.
       (b) A long bag filled with sand, used as a club by
    {Sand ball}, soap mixed with sand, made into a ball for use
       at the toilet.
    {Sand bath}.
       (a) (Chem.) A vessel of hot sand in a laboratory, in which
           vessels that are to be heated are partially immersed.
       (b) A bath in which the body is immersed in hot sand.
    {Sand bed}, a thick layer of sand, whether deposited
       naturally or artificially; specifically, a thick layer of
       sand into which molten metal is run in casting, or from a
       reducing furnace.
    {Sand birds} (Zo["o]l.), a collective name for numerous
       species of limicoline birds, such as the sandpipers,
       plovers, tattlers, and many others; -- called also {shore
    {Sand blast}, a process of engraving and cutting glass and
       other hard substances by driving sand against them by a
       steam jet or otherwise; also, the apparatus used in the
    {Sand box}.
       (a) A box with a perforated top or cover, for sprinkling
           paper with sand.
       (b) A box carried on locomotives, from which sand runs on
           the rails in front of the driving wheel, to prevent
    {Sand-box tree} (Bot.), a tropical American tree ({Hura
       crepitans}). Its fruit is a depressed many-celled woody
       capsule which, when completely dry, bursts with a loud
       report and scatters the seeds. See Illust. of {Regma}.
    {Sand bug} (Zo["o]l.), an American anomuran crustacean
       ({Hippa talpoidea}) which burrows in sandy seabeaches. It
       is often used as bait by fishermen. See Illust. under
    {Sand canal} (Zo["o]l.), a tubular vessel having a calcareous
       coating, and connecting the oral ambulacral ring with the
       madreporic tubercle. It appears to be excretory in
    {Sand cock} (Zo["o]l.), the redshank. [Prov. Eng.]
    {Sand collar}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Sand saucer}, below.
    {Sand crab}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) The lady crab.
       (b) A land crab, or ocypodian.
    {Sand crack} (Far.), a crack extending downward from the
       coronet, in the wall of a horse's hoof, which often causes
    {Sand cricket} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
       large terrestrial crickets of the genus {Stenophelmatus}
       and allied genera, native of the sandy plains of the
       Western United States.
    {Sand cusk} (Zo["o]l.), any ophidioid fish. See {Illust.}
       under {Ophidioid}.
    {Sand dab} (Zo["o]l.), a small American flounder ({Limanda
       ferruginea}); -- called also {rusty dab}. The name is also
       applied locally to other allied species.
    {Sand darter} (Zo["o]l.), a small etheostomoid fish of the
       Ohio valley ({Ammocrypta pellucida}).
    {Sand dollar} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of small
       flat circular sea urchins, which live on sandy bottoms,
       especially {Echinarachnius parma} of the American coast.
    {Sand drift}, drifting sand; also, a mound or bank of drifted
    {Sand eel}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) A lant, or launce.
       (b) A slender Pacific Ocean fish of the genus
           {Gonorhynchus}, having barbels about the mouth.
    {Sand flag}, sandstone which splits up into flagstones.
    {Sand flea}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) Any species of flea which inhabits, or breeds in,
           sandy places, especially the common dog flea.
       (b) The chigoe.
       (c) Any leaping amphipod crustacean; a beach flea, or
           orchestian. See {Beach flea}, under {Beach}.
    {Sand flood}, a vast body of sand borne along by the wind.
       --James Bruce.
    {Sand fluke}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) The sandnecker.
       (b) The European smooth dab ({Pleuronectes
           microcephalus}); -- called also {kitt}, {marysole},
           {smear dab}, {town dab}.
    {Sand fly} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of small
       dipterous flies of the genus {Simulium}, abounding on
       sandy shores, especially {Simulium nocivum} of the United
       States. They are very troublesome on account of their
       biting habits. Called also {no-see-um}, {punky}, and
    {Sand gall}. (Geol.) See {Sand pipe}, below.
    {Sand grass} (Bot.), any species of grass which grows in
       sand; especially, a tufted grass ({Triplasis purpurea})
       with numerous bearded joints, and acid awl-shaped leaves,
       growing on the Atlantic coast.
    {Sand grouse} (Zo["o]l.), any one of many species of Old
       World birds belonging to the suborder Pterocletes, and
       resembling both grouse and pigeons. Called also {rock
       grouse}, {rock pigeon}, and {ganga}. They mostly belong to
       the genus {Pterocles}, as the common Indian species ({P.
       exustus}). The large sand grouse ({P. arenarius}), the
       painted sand grouse ({P. fasciatus}), and the pintail sand
       grouse ({P. alchata}) are also found in India. See Illust.
       under {Pterocletes}.
    {Sand hill}, a hill of sand; a dune.
    {Sand-hill crane} (Zo["o]l.), the American brown crane ({Grus
    {Sand hopper} (Zo["o]l.), a beach flea; an orchestian.
    {Sand hornet} (Zo["o]l.), a sand wasp.
    {Sand lark}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) A small lark ({Alaudala raytal}), native of India.
       (b) A small sandpiper, or plover, as the ringneck, the
           sanderling, and the common European sandpiper.
       (c) The Australian red-capped dotterel ({[AE]gialophilus
           ruficapillus}); -- called also {red-necked plover}.
    {Sand launce} (Zo["o]l.), a lant, or launce.
    {Sand lizard} (Zo["o]l.), a common European lizard ({Lacerta
    {Sand martin} (Zo["o]l.), the bank swallow.
    {Sand mole} (Zo["o]l.), the coast rat.
    {Sand monitor} (Zo["o]l.), a large Egyptian lizard ({Monitor
       arenarius}) which inhabits dry localities.
    {Sand mouse} (Zo["o]l.), the dunlin. [Prov. Eng.]
    {Sand myrtle}. (Bot.) See under {Myrtle}.
    {Sand partridge} (Zo["o]l.), either of two small Asiatic
       partridges of the genus {Ammoperdix}. The wings are long
       and the tarsus is spurless. One species ({A. Heeji})
       inhabits Palestine and Arabia. The other species ({A.
       Bonhami}), inhabiting Central Asia, is called also {seesee
       partridge}, and {teehoo}.
    {Sand picture}, a picture made by putting sand of different
       colors on an adhesive surface.
    {Sand pike}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) The sauger.
       (b) The lizard fish.
    {Sand pillar}, a sand storm which takes the form of a
       whirling pillar in its progress in desert tracts like
       those of the Sahara and Mongolia.
    {Sand pipe} (Geol.), a tubular cavity, from a few inches to
       several feet in depth, occurring especially in calcareous
       rocks, and often filled with gravel, sand, etc.; -- called
       also {sand gall}.
    {Sand pride} (Zo["o]l.), a small British lamprey now
       considered to be the young of larger species; -- called
       also {sand prey}.
    {Sand pump}, in artesian well boring, a long, slender bucket
       with a valve at the bottom for raising sand from the well.
    {Sand rat} (Zo["o]l.), the pocket gopher.
    {Sand rock}, a rock made of cemented sand.
    {Sand runner} (Zo["o]l.), the turnstone.
    {Sand saucer} (Zo["o]l.), the mass of egg capsules, or
       o["o]thec[ae], of any mollusk of the genus {Natica} and
       allied genera. It has the shape of a bottomless saucer,
       and is coated with fine sand; -- called also {sand
    {Sand screw} (Zo["o]l.), an amphipod crustacean
       ({Lepidactylis arenarius}), which burrows in the sandy
       seabeaches of Europe and America.
    {Sand shark} (Zo["o]l.), an American shark ({Odontaspis
       littoralis}) found on the sandy coasts of the Eastern
       United States; -- called also {gray shark}, and {dogfish
       shark}. See Illust. under {Remora}.
    {Sand skink} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of Old
       World lizards belonging to the genus {Seps}; as, the
       ocellated sand skink ({Seps ocellatus}) of Southern
    {Sand skipper} (Zo["o]l.), a beach flea, or orchestian.
    {Sand smelt} (Zo["o]l.), a silverside.
    {Sand snake}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) Any one of several species of harmless burrowing
           snakes of the genus {Eryx}, native of Southern Europe,
           Africa, and Asia, especially {E. jaculus} of India and
           {E. Johnii}, used by snake charmers.
       (b) Any innocuous South African snake of the genus
           {Psammophis}, especially {P. sibilans}.
    {Sand snipe} (Zo["o]l.), the sandpiper.
    {Sand star} (Zo["o]l.), an ophiurioid starfish living on
       sandy sea bottoms; a brittle star.
    {Sand storm}, a cloud of sand driven violently by the wind.
    {Sand sucker}, the sandnecker.
    {Sand swallow} (Zo["o]l.), the bank swallow. See under
    {Sand tube}, a tube made of sand. Especially:
       (a) A tube of vitrified sand, produced by a stroke of
           lightning; a fulgurite.
       (b) (Zo["o]l.) Any tube made of cemented sand.
       (c) (Zo["o]l.) In starfishes, a tube having calcareous
           particles in its wall, which connects the oral water
           tube with the madreporic plate.
    {Sand viper}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Hognose snake}.
    {Sand wasp} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of
       hymenopterous insects belonging to the families
       {Pompilid[ae]} and {Spherid[ae]}, which dig burrows in
       sand. The female provisions the nest with insects or
       spiders which she paralyzes by stinging, and which serve
       as food for her young.
  2. \Sand\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sanded}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To sprinkle or cover with sand.
    2. To drive upon the sand. [Obs.] --Burton.
    3. To bury (oysters) beneath drifting sand or mud.
    4. To mix with sand for purposes of fraud; as, to sand sugar.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing sand in your dream means a shift in perspective or a change in your attitude. Consider also the familiar phrase, "the sands of time" in which it may be suggesting that you are wasting your time or letting time pass you by. Seeing wet sand in your dream indicates that you are lacking a sense of balance in your life.
Biology Dictionary
  1. Particles in siliciclastic sediment that range in size from 0.0625 millimeters (very fine-grained sand) to 2.0 millimeters (very coarse-grained sand), according to the Udden-Wentworth scale. In field geology, to tell the difference between fine-grained sand and coarse silt, the particle in a rock is "sand" if it can be clearly seen with the naked eye.
    1. Substrate particles 0.062 to 2 mm in diameter.
    2. Granular soil or detritus coarse than silt and finer than gravel, ranging in diameter from 0.002 to 0.2 inch.