Footprints in sand




  • Of a light beige colour, like that of typical sand.


  • To abrade the surface of (something) with sand or sandpaper in order to smooth or clean it.
  • To cover with sand.
  • To blot ink using sand.


  • From Middle English sand, from Old English sand, from Proto-Germanic *samdaz (compare West Frisian sân, Dutch zand, German Sand, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian sand), from Proto-Indo-European *sámh₂dʰos (compare Latin sabulum, Ancient Greek ἄμαθος), from *sem- (compare English dialectal samel, Old Irish do·essim, Latin sentina, Lithuanian sémti, Ancient Greek ἀμάω, ἄμη).
  • From Middle English sanden, from the noun (see above).
  • Abbreviation of sandpiper.

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