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Sand pillar

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sand pillar a sand storm which takes the form of a whirling pillar in its progress in desert tracts like those of the Sahara and Mongolia.
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Usage

In literature:

And yet, in spite of all this, the smoke from this mind attracted George Sand, and became her pillar of light moving on before her.
"George Sand, Some Aspects of Her Life and Writings" by Rene Doumic
Huge bowlders rose before him in grotesque shapes, tombs and pillars and statues of Nature's dead, carved by wind and sand.
"The Heritage of the Desert" by Zane Grey
Far off, where the sands were thick and heavy, I saw a solitary pillar standing: the crown had fallen, and the sand had buried it.
"Dreams" by Olive Schreiner
I was a pillar of sand.
"The Weavers, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Pillars of sand stone, fifteen feet high and very slim were round about in several places and looked strange enough.
"Death Valley in '49" by William Lewis Manly
Joseph cried so terribly that one of the pillars of his house fell in and was changed into sand.
"Flowers from a Persian Garden and Other Papers" by W. A. Clouston
When mid-day approached the boy noticed that a serpent crept out of the sand, wriggled up to the pillar, and set the bell a-ringing.
"Legends of the Rhine" by Wilhelm Ruland
Away along the horizon of the east moved the yellow pillars of sand, whirled upward by the wind, like vast columnar towers leading to heaven.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
One day we saw twenty moving pillars of sand.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various
She marked the sand pillars, whirling and eddying in the distance.
"The Crooked Stick" by Rolf Boldrewood
A little before eleven they were again terrified by an army of sand pillars, whose march was constantly south.
"The Life and Adventures of Bruce, the African Traveller" by Francis Head
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In poetry:

Our history is a shining sea
Locked in by lofty land
And its great Pillars of Hercules,
Above the shining sand,
I here behold in majesty
Uprising on each hand.
"The Lee Memorial Ode" by James Barron Hope