- sand [sand]n.[ME < OE, akin to Ger sand, ON sandr < IE base * bhes-, to rub off, pulverize > Gr psammos, L sabulum]1. loose, gritty particles of eroded or weathered rock, varying in size from about 1/ 16 mm to 2 mm in diameter, usually deposited along the shores of bodies of water, in river beds, or in deserts2. [usually pl.] a tract or area of sand; beach, etc.a tract or area of sand; beach, etc.3. [with ref. to the sand in an hourglass] [usually pl.] particles (of time); moments☆ 4. Slang grit; courage; determination5. any of the colors characteristic of sand, variously reddish yellow to grayish tanvt.1. to sprinkle with or as with sand2. to smooth or polish with sand, sandpaper, or other abrasive substance3. to fill or cover with sand4. to mix or adulterate with sandadj.reddish-yellow to grayish-tan
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.