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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
With his bands Sic Alps and the Peacers, Bay Area oddball Mike Donovan has treated his sprawling, postpsychedelic sensibilities with a modicum of rock-music orthodoxy as his collaborators lend shape and sinew to his delirious, wobbly tunes.
Fresh food in March, if people were lucky, was fish from traps set in ice and grouse and snowshoe hares snared with loops of sinew.
Physically, football players represent the bobsled ideal — muscle-bound, all sinew and swagger, these five brought to the table the size and strength needed to propel roughly half-ton sleds down slippery tracks in speeds exceeding 85 mph.
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.
Halvaesque limestone, discolored from age, stands in for the fondant-like décor: the tense buttresses rise and sprawl, sinew-like, up the walls.
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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 (For a while, "sinew" also meant "nerve," but that usage is obsolete.)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").
SINEW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sinew for English Language Learners
: strong tissue that connects muscles to bones
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