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George sand

[sand; French sahnd] /sænd; French sɑ̃d/

[jawrj;; French zhawrzh] /dʒɔrdʒ;; French ʒɔrʒ/ (Show IPA), (Lucile Aurore Dupin Dudevant) 1804–76, French novelist.
loose material consisting of rock or mineral grains, esp rounded grains of quartz, between 0.05 and 2 mm in diameter
(often pl) a sandy area, esp on the seashore or in a desert

the grains of sandlike material in an hourglass
(US, informal) courage; grit
draw a line in the sand, to put a stop to or a limit on
the sands are running out, there is not much time left before death or the end
(transitive) to smooth or polish the surface of with sandpaper or sand: to sand a floor
(transitive) to sprinkle or cover with or as if with sand; add sand to
to fill or cause to fill with sand: the channel sanded up
/French sɑ̃d/
George (ʒɔrʒ), pen name of Amandine Aurore Lucie Dupin. 1804–76, French novelist, best known for such pastoral novels as La Mare au diable (1846) and François le Champi (1847–48) and for her works for women’s rights to independence

Old English sand, from Proto-Germanic *sandam (cf. Old Norse sandr, Old Frisian sond, Middle Dutch sant, Dutch zand, German Sand), from PIE *bhs-amadho- (cf. Greek psammos “sand;” Latin sabulum “coarse sand,” source of Italian sabbia, French sable), suffixed form of root *bhes- “to rub.”

Historically, the line between sand and gravel cannot be distinctly drawn. Used figuratively in Old English in reference to innumerability and instability. General Germanic, but not attested in Gothic, which used in this sense malma, related to Old High German melm “dust,” the first element of the Swedish city name Malmö (the second element meaning “island”), and to Latin molere “to grind.” Metaphoric for “innumerability” since Old English. Sand dollar, type of flat sea-urchin, so called from 1884, so called for its shape; sand dune attested from 1830.

late 14c., “to sprinkle with sand,” from sand (n.); from 1620s as “to bury or fill in with sand.” Meaning “to grind or polish with sand” is from 1858. Related: Sanded; sanding.

sand (sānd)
Small, loose grains of worn or disintegrated rock.
A sedimentary material consisting of small, often rounded grains or particles of disintegrated rock, smaller than granules and larger than silt. The diameter of the particles ranges from 0.0625 to 2 mm. Although sand often consists of quartz, it can consist of any other mineral or rock fragment as well. Coral sand, for example, consists of limestone fragments.

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