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Examples of sinew in a Sentence
cutting through bone and sinew
the justices displayed great intellectual depth and sinew in writing their opinion on this case
Recent Examples of sinew from the Web
Trim any fat cap and sinew off beef and slice into strips, each 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch thick.
At five separate junctures, the sinews of our democracy held against the careening recklessness of this presidency.
The arms and center skeleton frame are welded steel, the vertebrae are aluminum, and the sinews are stainless-steel cables and electric wire—in red and blue like arteries and veins.
When the Virgin Mary appeared to William II in a dream 843 years ago and asked him to build a church, the 20-year-old King of Sicily spared neither expense nor sinew in meeting her request.
White punk vests with cords that evoked alien-like sinews exposed flesh on waif-like male models with visible bones.
With no sets, a narrow playing space along the front of the stage, merely the simplest costumes and some sprinklings of gold glitter, the Philharmonic, Mr. Gilbert and the director Louisa Muller have stripped the work to its sinews.
There will be no lunging towards tramlines, or stretching every sinew to serve at speed.
Gibson’s works, which take inspiration from his Choctaw and Cherokee heritage as well as modernism and popular culture, incorporate materials such as rawhide, tipi poles, sterling silver, wool blankets, metal cones, beads, fringe and sinew.
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Did You Know?
Many parts of the body have come to have figurative meanings in English. One can have an eye for interior design, for example, or the stomach for a fight. "Muscle," of course, can mean "strength," and so can "sinew," a word for the tissue that ties muscle to bone - more commonly known as a tendon. (For a while, "sinew" also meant "nerve," but that usage is obsolete.) The use of "sinew" to mean "the chief supporting force" ties into its anatomical function as a stabilizing unit. Sinew derives via Middle English from Old English "seono"; it is also related to Old High German senawa ("sinew") and Sanskrit "syati" ("he binds").
Origin and Etymology of sinew
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsenergy, firepower, force, horsepower, might, muscle, potence, potency, puissance, power, strength, vigor
Antonymsimpotence, impotency, powerlessness, weakness
Related Wordsaptitude, capability, capacity, competence, competency; adequacy, effectiveness, effectualness, usefulness
Near Antonymsdisability, inability, inaptitude, incapability, incapableness, incapacity, incompetence, incompetency; ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, ineffectualness, inefficaciousness, inefficacy, uselessness; helplessness, paralysis
First Known Use of sinew
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Definition of sinew for English Language Learners
: strong tissue that connects muscles to bones
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