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Etymology 1[edit]

From sand +‎ -ing.



  1. present participle of sand

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English sanding, sandyng, equivalent to sand +‎ -ing.


sanding (countable and uncountable, plural sandings)

  1. The act or process by which something is sanded; the application of sandpaper, etc.
  2. A type of dancing where the floor is covered in sand. See Sanding (dance).
  3. The process of testing the surface of gilding, after it has been fired, with fine sand and water.
  4. The process of burying oysters in sand.
  5. The process of applying sand to rails in railway track to aid adhesion.
    • 1959 April, “Motive Power Miscellany: North Eastern Region”, in Trains Illustrated, pages 224-225:
      Next day further heavy sanding of the lines was carried out by standard Class "3" 2-6-2 tank No. 82028 from the Scarborough end and Class "4" 2-6-4 tank No. 42084 from Whitby.
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