Definition of sandpaper in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsan(d)ˌpāpər/


1Paper with sand or another abrasive stuck to it, used for smoothing or polishing woodwork or other surfaces.
Example sentences
  • Use steel wool or a fine grade of sandpaper to smooth out the affected area and an inch or two of the surrounding floor.
  • Using 220-grit sandpaper, lightly sand all the surfaces of the door and frames.
  • If the surface is slick, such as ceramic tile, sand it with coarse sandpaper.
1.1Used to refer to something that feels rough or has a very rough surface.
Example sentences
  • Many of the trees and shrubs have extra large, extra thick leaves, some as rough as sandpaper.
  • Although my throat felt like rough, dry sandpaper, my scream pierced the air in the room like a sharp scalpel slicing through dainty, gossamer skin.
  • He's got a voice as rough as sandpaper and a grin as wide as the Hollywood sign.


[with object]
Smooth with sandpaper.
Example sentences
  • I knew I wasn't going to fix it up by sandpapering it or refining it anymore.
  • The entire plane was sandpapered and waxed in an effort to get a maximum of speed.
  • The pine is a tender wood able to be cut and sandpapered very easily.



Example sentences
  • Covered in sandpapery skin smeared with copious amounts of mucus, the Mola mola, or giant ocean sunfish, grows up to 10 feet long and can weigh over 5,000 pounds.
  • Root-hardy almond verbena has sandpapery foliage and produces fingerlike clusters of small white almond-scented flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
  • Fortunately, a group called Act Right Initiative Campaign has been formed to change the attitude of students for the better and lessen the sandpapery relationship between students and authorities.

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Syllabification: sand·pa·per

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