Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having poor vision; partially blind.

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  • adj. Alternative spelling of sandblind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having defective sight; dim-sighted; purblind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Purblind; dim-sighted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having greatly reduced vision

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English *sāmblind : sām-, half; see sēmi- in Indo-European roots + blind, blind; see blind.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Ay! the whole generation of women in Briarfield seem to have made an idol of that priest: I wonder why; he is bald, sand-blind, grey-haired. '

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • [Aside] O heavens, this is my true-begotten father! who, being more than sand-blind, high-gravel blind, knows me not: I will try confusions with him.

    The Merchant of Venice

  • She now lives somewhere at Camberwell, and though sand-blind, keeps a sixpenny school for little boys and girls of the lower orders.

    Mr. Punch`s history of modern England, Volume I -- 1841-1857

  • _ I forgot old Sam -- a jewel rough set, yet shining like a star, and though sand-blind by nature, and bigoted by Education, one of the truly great men of England, and "her men are of men the chief," alike in the dominions of the understanding, the reason, the passions, and the imagination.

    Famous Reviews

  • He was a straught, tall, old man, with a shining bellpow, and reverend white locks hanging down about his haffets; a Roman nose, and two cheeks blooming through the winter of his long age like roses, when, poor body, he was sand-blind with infirmity.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch Tailor in Dalkeith, written by himself

  • He was a straught, tall, old man, with a shining bell-pow, and reverend white locks hanging down about his haffets; a Roman nose, and two cheeks blooming through the winter of his long age like roses, when, poor body, he was sand-blind with infirmity.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch tailor in Dalkeith

  • No wonder than we attracted customers, for our sign was the prettiest ye ever saw, though the jacket was not just so neatly painted, as for some sand-blind creatures not to take it for a goose.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch tailor in Dalkeith

  • [Aside] O heavens, this is my true-begotten father! who, being more than sand-blind, high-gravel blind, knows me not: I will try confusions with him.

    The Merchant of Venice

  • Go in looking as pretty as that, and Mr. Squeers will graciously accept your services, unless he's sand-blind. "

    We Two, a novel

  • "In the course of time, Widow Amos became frail and sand-blind.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch Tailor in Dalkeith, written by himself

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