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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
Allow yourself, for a minute, to admire his sinuous, undulating, dreamy waves.
Trunk Road — once a sinuous road connecting farms — is now a broad two-lane artery in the southern part of the borough.
As a fitting first impression and a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors, the courtyard is a feast for the senses, starting with the soothing sounds of water spilling into a sinuous pool.
The eels (Brandon Roach and Frederick Hagreen) glide with sinister, sinuous ease on roller skates, a clever idea.
The sinuous gray column formed before noon and headed toward the Eastern Shore, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a tornado warning for parts of the shore.
The new Jag, meanwhile, looked pretty sharp—a cub of a vehicle smartly placed between the brand’s hulking F-Pace SUV and its sinuous F-Type sports car.
But these plot lines are united by a sinuous blend of athleticism, artistry and storytelling.
Tao, a young native of Urbana making his Grant Park debut, played with bristling intensity but, as importantly, a delicately varied touch in quiet, more sinuous passages.
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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
Synonymsbending, crazy, curled, curling, curved, curving, curvy, devious, serpentine, crooked, tortuous, twisted, twisting, winding, windy
Related Wordszigzag, zigzagging; circling, coiled, coiling, corkscrew, looping, spiral, spiraling (or spiralling), swirling; circuitous, indirect, roundabout; meandering, rambling, wandering; irregular, jagged, uneven
Near Antonymsdirect, linear
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
Definition of sinuous for Students
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