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Examples of sinuous in a Sentence
She moved with sinuous grace.
the river flowed in a sinuous path through the lush valley
Recent Examples of sinuous from the Web
Or consider the competitors in skeleton, the terrifying event where athletes shoot headfirst down a sinuous ice track on a sled without brakes at speeds exceeding 80 miles an hour.
Imagine instead an ordinary swimming pool stretched into a sinuous strip.
Rather than an anodyne highway through the urban hinterlands where dealerships cluster, there’s a sinuous track.
Worn as figure-shaping, bust-lifting, dress-supporting undergarments for hundreds of years, corsets were replaced by bras a century ago, but their sinuous lines still capture our attention.
Because the plane travels on a sinuous path—climbing to nearly 30,000 feet elevation during the day but slowly descending to roughly 5,000 feet at night to save energy—the team has to forecast wind, humidity and temperature at multiple elevations.
Throughout, the dancer Abel Rojo, striking and sinuous, slipped out of the group clutching his head or hinging down to the floor.
Shocking and enraging, funny and surreal, rapturous and restorative, this is a film of startling intensity and sinuous mood shifts wrapped in a rock-solid coherence of vision.
The setting is Switzerland; perfect for stunning aerial shots of sinuous mountain passes and exhausts spitting fire in long tunnels.
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Did You Know?
Although it probably makes you think more of snakes than head colds, sinuous is etymologically more like sinus than serpent. Sinuous and sinus both derive from the Latin noun sinus, which means "curve, fold, or hollow." Other sinus descendents include insinuate ("to impart or suggest in an artful or indirect way") and two terms you might remember from math class: sine and cosine. In English, sinus is the oldest of these words; it entered the language in the 1400s. Insinuate appeared next, in 1529, and was followed by sinuous (1578), sine (1593), and cosine (1635). Serpent, by the way, entered English in the 13th century and comes from the Latin verb serpere, meaning "to creep."
Origin and Etymology of sinuous
First Known Use: 1578See Words from the same year
SINUOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sinuous for English Language Learners
: having many twists and turns
: moving and bending in a smooth and attractive way
SINUOUS Defined for Kids
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