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sinew

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

Simple Definition of sinew

  • : strong tissue that connects muscles to bones

Full Definition of sinew

  1. 1 :  tendon; especially :  one dressed for use as a cord or thread

  2. 2 obsolete :  nerve

  3. 3a :  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


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sinew

transitive verb sin·ew

Definition of sinew

  1. :  to strengthen as if with sinews



Circa 1614

First Known Use of sinew

circa 1614


Medical Dictionary

sinew

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

Medical Definition of sinew

  1. :  tendon





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