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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
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.
Halvaesque limestone, discolored from age, stands in for the fondant-like décor: the tense buttresses rise and sprawl, sinew-like, up the walls.
Unlike the steel, oil and coal monopolies of the 19th century that out of grime and smoke created the sinews of a growing America, Silicon Valley gave us shiny, clean, green and fun pods, pads and phones.
The boy represents a glimmer of hope, a last remaining sinew of healthy connective tissue between George and Martha.
For Everton's current crop of first-team stars, any last sinew of confidence drained away from them the moment that Lyon bagged their first - and slightly fortuitous at that - goal in the 3-0 victory in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Such a bold aim requires a commensurately bold argument — for a consumption tax or a carbon tax or a zero corporate tax rate or anything for which public-spirited people might stiffen their sinews and summon up their blood.
Instead, you’ll be presented with massive hunks of meat, fat and sinew, clinging to bones as long as your forearm.
Farley thinks the sinew tied around Lindow Man’s neck could as easily be a necklace as a garrote.
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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 (For a while, "sinew" also meant "nerve," but that usage is obsolete.)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
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