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sands

[sanz]
(mining engineering)
The coarser and heavier particles of crushed ore, of such size that they settle readily in water and may be leached by allowing the solution to percolate.
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"Something draws me to it," says the girl, making images with her finger in the sand. "I try to keep away from it, and I can't.
The tide was on the turn, and the horrid sand began to shiver.
Walking beyond the line of trees they saw before them a fearful, dismal desert, everywhere gray sand. At the edge of this awful waste was a large, white sign with black letters neatly painted upon it and the letters made these words:
Finally, down near the water's edge, Billina stuck her bill deep into the sand, and then drew back and shivered.
In attempting to lift it from its burying place I dis-covered that it seemed to be held fast by means of a very small insulated cable running farther into the sand beneath it.
He went off sulking, but more sheepishly than I had expected-- perhaps he had been shaken by his fall--and I watched the star of sand splashed on his back receding down the road with a horrid vindictive pleasure.
The cold evening breeze, of which I have spoken, whistled through every chink of the rude building and sprinkled the floor with a continual rain of fine sand. There was sand in our eyes, sand in our teeth, sand in our suppers, sand dancing in the spring at the bottom of the kettle, for all the world like porridge beginning to boil.
The fifty dollars reward would never be paid for that pitiful mess of splinters on the sand beneath us.
I was naturally startled, and lost no time in going out and across the Ottershaw bridge to the sand pits.
Not even an echo replied, and his voice died out in the empty vastness of surrounding space, like a pebble cast into a bottomless gulf; then, down he sank, fainting, on the sand, alone, amid the eternal silence of the desert.
"Yep," came his low answer, "--an' thinkin' this sand is harder'n a cement floor.
There blows in the months of June, July, and August, another wind, which raises mountains of sand and carries them through the air; all that can be done in this case is when a cloud of sand rises, to mark where it is likely to fall, and to retire as far off as possible; but it is very usual for men to be taken unexpectedly, and smothered in the dust.