side·​wind·​er | \ ˈsīd-ˌwīn-dər How to pronounce sidewinder (audio) \

Definition of sidewinder

1 : a heavy swinging blow from the side
2 : a small pale-colored desert rattlesnake (Crotalus cerastes) of the southwestern U.S. that moves by thrusting its body diagonally forward in a series of flat S-shaped curves

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Recent Examples on the Web Mark Canha added a two-run shot against sidewinder Joe Smith in the ninth. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "Olson's blast lifts A's to win over Astros," 9 Apr. 2021 To examine the microstructure of sidewinder scales, her team used an atomic force microscope to scan naturally shed snake skins, provided by institutions such as the Atlanta Zoo. New York Times, "The Skin-Deep Physics of Sidewinder Snakes," 1 Feb. 2021 Snakes from a wide variety of habitats and ecological roles — including close relatives of the sidewinder rattlesnake, such as cottonmouths or diamondback rattlesnakes — have these prominent spikes on their bellies. New York Times, "The Skin-Deep Physics of Sidewinder Snakes," 1 Feb. 2021 Like the name suggests, sidewinder snakes slither to the side, leading with their bodies, unlike other species of snakes that wiggle forward and lead with their heads. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, "Snakeskin Reveals Secrets Behind a Sidewinder’s Twisted Wiggle," 8 Feb. 2021 Lifted with two outs in the second, with no dents or scratch, allowed the Padres to match up lefty sidewinder Hill to match up with left-handed Matt Carpenter. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Unexpected Padres starter Craig Stammen delivers in clinching game against Cardinals," 2 Oct. 2020 Stillwater’s limo ride swaggers a little more with this Zep sidewinder. Matt Wake |, al, "‘Almost Famous’ at 20: Ranking every song from beloved rock film," 18 Aug. 2020 Johnson poured in a 27 foot-sidewinder at eight, a 9-footer at nine and drilled a 24-foot putt from off the green at 10 for his third straight birdie. Adam Schupak, The Arizona Republic, "Dustin Johnson rallies for 21st PGA Tour win at Travelers Championship," 29 June 2020 One day, Garoppolo was throwing sidewinders to slot receiver Trent Taylor. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "How will Garoppolo’s overtime work with 49ers receivers pay off?," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of sidewinder

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sidewinder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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side·​wind·​er | \ ˈsīd-ˌwīnd-ər How to pronounce sidewinder (audio) \

Medical Definition of sidewinder

: a small pale-colored venomous rattlesnake of the genus Crotalus (C. cerastes) of the southwestern United States that moves by thrusting its body diagonally forward in a series of S-shaped curves

called also horned rattlesnake

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