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sinew

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1sinew

noun sin·ew \ˈsin-(ˌ)yü also ˈsi-(ˌ)nü\

: strong tissue that connects muscles to bones

Full Definition of SINEW

1
:  tendon; especially :  one dressed for use as a cord or thread
2
obsolete :  nerve
3
a :  solid resilient strength :  power <astonishing intellectual sinew and clarity — Reynolds Price>
b :  the chief supporting force :  mainstay —usually used in plural <providing the sinews of better living — Samuel Pollock>

Examples of SINEW

  1. cutting through bone and sinew
  2. <the justices displayed great intellectual depth and sinew in writing their opinion on this case>

Origin of SINEW

Middle English sinewe, from Old English seono; akin to Old High German senawa sinew, Sanskrit syati he binds
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral

2sinew

transitive verb

Definition of SINEW

:  to strengthen as if with sinews

First Known Use of SINEW

circa 1614

sinew

noun sin·ew \ˈsin-(ˌ)yü, -yə(-w) also ˈsin-(ˌ)ü\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SINEW

:  tendon

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