Sandpaper is a special thick paper with a rough, abrasive surface. Painters will often sand a wall with sandpaper before painting it.

Woodworkers use sandpaper to smooth wooden surfaces, and sandpaper is also useful for removing loose paint, grit, or dirt when you're painting or refinishing something. Sandpaper is thought to have been invented in thirteenth century China, from a crushed substance, often shells or sand, that was glued to parchment with natural gum. In the 1800s, a similar product called "glass paper" was made from crushed glass, which, despite its name, is sometimes still used in today's sandpaper.

Definitions of sandpaper

n stiff paper coated with powdered emery or sand

emery paper
Type of:
abradant, abrasive, abrasive material
a substance that abrades or wears down

v rub with sandpaper

sandpaper the wooden surface”
sand roughly
Type of:
smooth, smoothen
make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing

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