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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
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.
Another is an untitled work from 2014: nothing but daubs of blue, connected by a sinuous smear of the same, applied wet-on-wet to a field of cream.
Mulholland Drive the road traces its sinuous path through the Santa Monica Mountains, affording spectacular views of Hollywood, home of the movie industry, but also of the San Fernando Valley, home of the porn.
The sinuous footbridge will have multiple pathways, and construction is expected to start in 2014.
The current competition in arena concert production is in the space over the floor — last year, Kanye West performed from a platform dangling from the roof, and Drake turned the void into a sinuous light show.
Staged in Utah, Ford's program for the media included a run on public roads, including some sinuous mountain stretches with decreasing radius turns that ranged from slow to OMG fast.
Thus begins a tale of two Fassbenders, as the Irish actor—an ambivalent witness to the action in Prometheus—emerges as the sinuous central figure of Covenant.
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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
Latin sinuosus, from sinus
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
Definition of sinuous for Students
: having a wavy or winding form
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