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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
This is really noticeable under hard braking, when the sinuous rear wing flicks up to nearly vertical.
The finished restaurant seats 65 inside, including at a central communal table, and an additional 35 on the secluded patio, edged by vertical planters currently sporting edible flowers and sinuous pea shoots.
The final concept under consideration is Leroy Transfield’s Ribbon of Time, a sinuous stone wall that charts pictorially and via direct quotes the history of Native American service across the most tumultuous periods in global history.
The depiction of daybreak in the pages corresponding to the opening of Suite No. 2 was delicately atmospheric, Stefan Ragnar Hoskuldsson’s flute solo cool and sinuous, and the final bacchanale rousing.
But there is at least one place where his vision is becoming reality: the sinuous lower Rio Grande Valley, scene of more unauthorized crossings than any other stretch between the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
The sinuous black-and-white piece is equal parts haunting and mesmerizing.
But this wasn’t just noise, for the themes of Gunn’s composition proved melodically sinuous and harmonically complex.
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.
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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."
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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