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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
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.
This is a gorgeous photograph of a geological formation — the burnished browns are crisp, and blue shadows pool up between each ridge to highlight the sinuous curves in each layer of stone.
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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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