1. Fine particles of stone, esp. of siliceous stone, but not reduced to dust; comminuted stone in the form of loose grains, which are not coherent when wet.
  2. A single particle of such stone.
  3. The sand in the hourglass; hence, a moment or interval of time; the term or extent of one's life.
  4. Tracts of land consisting of sand, like the deserts of Arabia and Africa; also, extensive tracts of sand exposed by the ebb of the tide.
  5. Courage; pluck; grit.

v. t.

  1. To sprinkle or cover with sand.
  2. To drive upon the sand.
  3. To bury (oysters) beneath drifting sand or mud.
  4. To mix with sand for purposes of fraud; as, to sand sugar.