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A mass of sand forming a mound, shoal, or hillside.


(Physical Geography) a submerged bank of sand in a sea or river, that may be exposed at low tide



a large mass of sand, as on a shoal or hillside.
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Noun1.sandbank - a submerged bank of sand near a shore or in a river; can be exposed at low tide
bank - a long ridge or pile; "a huge bank of earth"
shoal - a sandbank in a stretch of water that is visible at low tide
شاطئ رَمْلي
nános písku
nános pieskupiesčina
kum seti


[ˈsændbæŋk] Nbanco m de arena


[ˈsændbæŋk] nbanc m de sable


[ˈsændˌbæŋk] nbanco di sabbia


(sӕnd) noun
1. a large amount of tiny particles of crushed rocks, shells etc, found on beaches etc.
2. an area of sand, especially on a beach. We lay on the sand.
to smooth with eg sand-paper. The floor should be sanded before you varnish it.
ˈsandy adjective
1. filled or covered with sand. a sandy beach.
2. (of hair) yellowish-red in colour. She has fair skin and sandy hair.
sandbank (ˈsӕnbӕŋk) noun
a bank of sand formed by tides and currents.
sandcastle (ˈsӕnkaːsl) noun
a pile of sand, sometimes made to look like a castle, built especially by children on beaches.
sandpaper (ˈsӕnpeipə) noun
a type of paper with sand glued to it, used for smoothing and polishing.
to make smooth with sandpaper.
sandshoes (ˈsӕnʃuːz) noun plural
soft light shoes, often with rubber soles.
sandstone (ˈsӕnstəun) noun
a soft type of rock made of layers of sand pressed together.
sand-storm (ˈsӕnstoːm) noun
a storm of wind, carrying with it clouds of sand. We were caught in a sandstorm in the desert.
References in classic literature ?
Now, unless the sandbank had been submitted to the intermittent eruption of a geyser, the Governor Higginson had to do neither more nor less than with an aquatic mammal, unknown till then, which threw up from its blow-holes columns of water mixed with air and vapour.
A shallow sandbank had appeared in the sea and the water had receded from the beach.
I recognized every tree and sandbank and rugged draw.
I have said that there were ten thousand of us that stood hip to hip and shoulder to shoulder on the sandbank.
Some have referred this to the reflection of the verdure; but it is equally green there against the railroad sandbank, and in the spring, before the leaves are expanded, and it may be simply the result of the prevailing blue mixed with the yellow of the sand.
We were on our way to Atjeh, where there was war; but the vessel ran on a sandbank, and we had to land in Delli.
Studies of women and babies accounted for several more pages, and then there was an unbroken series of animal drawings with such explanations as "Manatee upon Sandbank," "Turtles and Their Eggs," "Black Ajouti under a Miriti Palm"--the matter disclosing some sort of pig-like animal; and finally came a double page of studies of long-snouted and very unpleasant saurians.
The heave of the main ocean on the great sandbank out in the bay, was a heave that made no sound.
I assume he followed the land and passed through what is at present known as Margate Roads, groping his careful way along the hidden sandbanks, whose every tail and spit has its beacon or buoy nowadays.
They were to them so many sandbanks upon that sea of ether which, less fortunate than sailors, they could not escape.
Generations and centuries passed, and, behold, in place of naked sandbanks half awash were walled citadels, perforated with launching-ways for the long canoes, protected against the mainland by the lagoons that were to them their narrow seas.
By degrees as the river narrowed, and the high sandbanks fell to level ground thickly grown with trees, the sounds of the forest could be heard.