Sand Castle Building Terminology - Part Four

In the final part of our sand castle building terminology, we continue our list of names and terms that are part of everyday discussions and banter regarding sand castles. It's very easy to feel out of place amongst a group of people who use jargon that you do not understand, even though it might be a subject that is very interesting to you. To make sure that you can comprehend and contribute to every such discussion, the right sand castle building terminology knowledge is all you need!

For more sand castle building terminology, please check out our earlier articles: Part One, Part Two and Part Three

Sand Sculpture:

A sculpture that is made out of sand. Effectively, even a sand castle falls into the category of a sand sculpture but it isn't the only thing that can be made as part of sand sculpting. Effectively, professional sand sculptors use the sand and water mix exactly like traditional sculptors do with clay and water

Siege Engine:

Amachine or device that was designed to break through castle walls or allow soldiers to climb over the walls. You can make these for your sand castles with other accessories such as wood or even find pre-built siege towers

Siege Towers:

These are siege engines that are built to house tall ladders and hold many soldiers in its walls. The tower would be pushed along on wheels and be used to scale the castle walls by allowing soldiers to run up the ladders inside it and onto the castle wall

Sodium Chloride:

This is the chemical name for common salt or table salt and is the primary reason why the ocean or sea water is so salty


A high room above the great halls on the castle, it used to be a living room of sorts


An observation- or peep-hole that was often built into the walls of castles. These were mainly for interior surveillance, similar to modern closed circuit cameras


A calcium carbonate deposit that is formed by the substance dripping down on the floor, in the same spot, over a period of time, generally found in caves. It is just like an inverted stalactite, found on the floor instead of on the ceiling. In sand castle building terminology, it comes into the picture when talking about dribbling or a drip castle, which resembles a stalagmite

Surface Tension:

The cohesive forces responsible for holding liquid molecules together. Can be seen, most commonly, as the curvature on the surface of water in a glass or even on a water-body


A part of a curtain wall used to keep enemy soldiers away from the actual wall of the castle. This was important as there was a chance that due to the thickness of the castle wall, anyone standing too close to the base of the wall would actually be safe from arrows shot from above, as archers would not be able to lean out over the wall, outside the safety of the cover the wall provided


A small tower, usually quite thin and tall, that was used as a lookout on the castle. It was normally built at an angle, protruding outwards of the castle wall, so that there would be complete view of the surrounding area. It was usually just about big enough to hold one person, maybe two - not more


A roof on certain parts of the castle that was completely arched and almost always built of stone

Wall Walk:

A platform or pathway, of sorts, that was built along the walls of the castle and was used by soldiers to walk on and move around the top of the castle walls. Soldiers would use these walks to move around and change positions, during battle and when keeping watch. This would, normally, be at a much lower level than the top of the castle wall so as to protect the soldiers from direct line of fire


Another name used to describe the courtyard of a castle

Wing Wall:

It is an extension of the wall that is part of a building but extends beyond the length or breadth of the building itself. Just like a parapet is a vertical extension of the wall, above the roof of the room, a wing wall is a horizontal extension

This sand castle building terminology list contains a long and comprehensive set of jargons and terms that are common to castles as well as sand castles. When building sand castles, you will, effectively, be building a castle out of sand instead of stone. Hence, the terms of the buildings and the features you might make, in your sand castle building projects, will be the same as those built in real sand castles.

Whether you are building realistic sand castles designs or mere products of your imagination, you will always find such a list, of sand castle building terminology, coming to your rescue.


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