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adjective ser·pen·tine \ˈsər-pən-ˌtēn, -ˌtīn\

Definition of serpentine

  1. 1 :  of or resembling a serpent (as in form or movement)

  2. 2 :  subtly wily or tempting

  3. 3a :  winding or turning one way and another <a serpentine road>b :  having a compound curve whose central curve is convex

serpentinely

adverb

Examples of serpentine in a sentence

  1. <the country inn lies at the end of a rather serpentine road, but it's worth the trip>

Did You Know?

A snake moves by curving and winding along the ground. Roads through the Pyrenees, the mountains that separate Spain from France, tend to be serpentine, curving back and forth on themselves up and down the steep slopes. Serpentine has other meanings as well. As a noun, it's the name for a soft green mineral, and also for the party streamers you might throw at midnight on New Year's Eve. The serpentine belt under the hood in your car is the long, looping belt that most of the car's accessories—the AC, the power steering, the alternator, and so on—depend on to get their power.

Origin and Etymology of serpentine

Middle English, from Anglo-French serpentin, from Late Latin serpentinus, from Latin serpent-, serpens


First Known Use: 15th century


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serpentine

noun ser·pen·tine

Definition of serpentine

  1. :  something that winds sinuously

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First Known Use of serpentine

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noun ser·pen·tine \-ˌtēn\

Definition of serpentine

  1. :  a mineral or rock consisting essentially of a hydrous magnesium silicate usually having a dull green color and often a mottled appearance

Origin and Etymology of serpentine

Middle English, from Anglo-French serpentin, Medieval Latin serpentina, serpentinum, from Late Latin, feminine & neuter of serpentinus resembling a serpent


First Known Use: 15th century

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SERPENTINE Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective ser·pen·tine \ˈsər-pən-ˌtēn, -ˌtīn\

Definition of serpentine for English Language Learners

  • : having many bends and turns


SERPENTINE Defined for Kids

serpentine

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adjective ser·pen·tine \ˈsər-pən-ˌtēn, -ˌtīn\

Definition of serpentine for Students

  1. :  winding or turning one way and another <a serpentine path>



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