sinew

noun
sin·​ew | \ ˈsin-(ˌ)yü also ˈsi-(ˌ)nü How to pronounce sinew (audio) \

Definition of sinew

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : tendon especially : one dressed for use as a cord or thread
2 obsolete : nerve
3a : solid resilient strength : power astonishing intellectual sinew and clarity— Reynolds Price
b : the chief supporting force : mainstay usually used in plural providing the sinews of better living— Sam Pollock

sinew

verb
sinewed; sinewing; sinews

Definition of sinew (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to strengthen as if with sinews

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Noun

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 (For a while, "sinew" also meant "nerve," but that usage is obsolete.)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").

Examples of sinew in a Sentence

Noun

cutting through bone and sinew the justices displayed great intellectual depth and sinew in writing their opinion on this case

First Known Use of sinew

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1614, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sinew

Noun

Middle English sinewe, from Old English seono; akin to Old High German senawa sinew, Sanskrit syati he binds

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The first known use of sinew was before the 12th century

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sinew

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sinew

: strong tissue that connects muscles to bones

sinew

noun
sin·​ew | \ ˈsin-yü How to pronounce sinew (audio) \

Kids Definition of sinew

: tendon

sinew

noun
sin·​ew | \ ˈsin-(ˌ)yü, -yə(-w) also ˈsin-(ˌ)ü\

Medical Definition of sinew

: tendon

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