Definition of sand noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//sænd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//sænd//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] a substance that consists of very small fine grains of rock. Sand is found on beaches, in deserts, etc. a grain of sand Concrete is a mixture of sand and cement. His hair was the colour of sand. The children were playing in the sand (= for example, in a sandpit).
  2. 2  [uncountable, countable, usually plural] a large area of sand on a beach We went for a walk along the sand. children playing on the sand miles of golden sands
  3. see also sandy
    Word OriginOld English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zand and German Sand. Synonymscoastbeach seaside coastline sand seashoreThese are all words for the land beside or near to the sea, a river or a lake.coast the land beside or near to the sea or ocean:a town on the south coast of England The coast road is closed due to bad weather. It is nearly always the coast, except when it is uncountable:That’s a pretty stretch of coast.beach an area of sand, or small stones, beside the sea or a lake:She took the kids to the beach for the day. sandy beachesseaside (especially British English) an area that is by the sea, especially one where people go for a day or a holiday:a trip to the seaside It is always the seaside, except when it is used before a noun:a seaside resort. The seaside is British English; in American English seaside is only used before a noun.coastline the land along a coast, especially when you are thinking of its shape or appearance:California’s rugged coastlinesand a large area of sand on a beach:We went for a walk along the sand. a resort with miles of golden sandsthe seashore the land along the edge of the sea or ocean, usually where there is sand and rocks:He liked to look for shells on the seashore.beach or seashore? Beach is usually used to talk about a sandy area next to the sea where people lie in the sun or play, for example when they are on holiday/​vacation. Seashore is used more to talk about the area by the sea in terms of things such as waves, sea shells, rocks, etc, especially where people walk for pleasure.Patterns along the coast/​beach/​coastline/​seashore on the coast/​beach/​coastline/​sands/​seashore at the coast/​beach/​seaside/​seashore by the coast/​seaside/​seashore a(n) rocky/​unspoiled coast/​beach/​coastline to go to the coast/​beach/​seaside/​seashoreExtra examples The children played happily in the sand. The sand was flying everywhere. We found her asleep on the sand. a beach of fine golden sand the burning desert sands There were a few children playing on the sand. With its miles of golden sands, this resort is heaven on earth.Idioms
    bury/hide your head in the sand
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    to refuse to admit that a problem exists or refuse to deal with it
    (the) shifting sands (of something)
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    used to describe a situation that changes so often that it is difficult to understand or deal with it
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sand