Definition of tendril
1 : a leaf, stipule, or stem modified into a slender spirally coiling sensitive organ serving to attach a climbing plant to its support
2 : something suggestive of a tendril creeping tendrils of fog
tendrilledplay \-drəld\ adjective
tendrilousplay \-drə-ləs\ adjective
Examples of tendril in a Sentence
A few tendrils of hair framed her face.
Recent Examples of tendril from the Web
White gowns, constructed of tendrils or fibers, provoked myriad interpretations — evoking simultaneously the lines of a sound wave, the rippling sea or the gills of a fish.
Pig ears are slivered and fried into crisp-chewy tendrils that are woven with watercress and pickled onion and piled on creamy pecan butter.
Duane Linklater, another indigenous Canadian artist in this show, has produced a new mural whose motifs — googly eyes, antlerlike tendrils — riff on the decorations of the Indians of Canada pavilion.
Under these conditions, water vapor freezes onto any dust particles floating in the region, forming ice crystals that congregate into tendrils and filaments.
Its name comes from its tendrils with three claw-like hooks.
A tinge of menace emanates from the best ones, their spiky protuberances, wiggly tendrils and starburst-style blossoms evoking sci-fi weaponry and ear-splitting explosions.
Colleges provide a distinctive sense of place, of course, and while Washington may not be the quintessential college town, the groves of academe still extend their tendrils here and there.
The tendril beside the stem that connects the watermelon to the vine will shrivel up.
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TENDRIL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tendril for English Language Learners
: the thin stem of a climbing plant that attaches to walls, fences, etc.
: something that is thin and curly
TENDRIL Defined for Kids
Definition of tendril for Students
1 : a slender leafless winding stem by which some climbing plants attach themselves to a support
2 : something that winds like a plant's tendril tendrils of hair
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