Definition of sandbar in US English:



  • A long, narrow sandbank, especially at the mouth of a river.

    • ‘The most promising spot he found was a mile-long sandbar near Cape Disappointment, at the ship-eating mouth of the Columbia River, which separates Oregon from Washington.’
    • ‘The ship had ran aground on a sandbar at the mouth of the inlet.’
    • ‘Mafia is the largest island in this archipelago, which is made up of many smaller islands atolls and tidal sandbars.’
    • ‘The flows lead down to a shoreline which scientists think has river deltas and sandbars, all familiar geographical features from home.’
    • ‘At Odeceixe in the south the River Seixe broadened through sandbars to meet the sea between high rocky headlands.’
    • ‘He also had a ship built in Scotland, especially for crossing the sandbars of the mouth.’
    • ‘Oregon's lighthouses were all but inaccessible when they were built in the 19th century, near shoals and sandbars, treacherous offshore rocks and reefs.’
    • ‘Where there is now a sandbar, there should be a river.’
    • ‘The data collected will allow researchers to track the size and number of sandbars and related near-shore habitat.’
    • ‘Here on these wind blown islands with their indescribable untouched beauty, you travel among spectacular sandbars and reefs in search of natural produce.’
    • ‘The goal is to stir up and redistribute sediment from tributary rivers downstream from the dam to enlarge existing beaches and sandbars, create new ones, and distribute sediment into drainage channels.’
    • ‘The Streaked Horned Lark is local and uncommon along coastal beaches of western Washington and on sandbars in the Lower Columbia River.’
    • ‘We stash our kayaks on a different sandbar and start sloshing up a narrow slot canyon running with 98-degree water.’
    • ‘On October 21st a sandbar at the mouth of a river just south of Dulag was surveyed for possible removal by explosives but was judged to be an impractical project.’
    • ‘We paddled vigorously until lunchtime, when we found a sandbar in the middle of the river.’
    • ‘Heidiphyllum elongatum was probably a relatively low-growing shrubby voltzialean conifer that formed dominant to monospecific thickets in areas of higher water table on a floodplain, or on sandbars within the braided river channels.’
    • ‘Another example is the Kei River which might not have the same exposed sandbars at low tide but is so shallow that the ferry cannot operate at spring low tide.’
    • ‘They also provide considerable information about the river itself, its sandbars and islands, as well as the plants and timber on its banks.’
    • ‘In 1895, as a fifteen year old, he had experienced firsthand the rugged conditions of the outback when marooned for a month on a sandbar in the Victoria River in the Northern Territory.’
    • ‘As these mountain ranges collided through history, they left gas-filled deposits like sandbars in a river.’
    shoal, bar, sandbank, spit
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