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[sin-yoo] /ˈsɪn yu/
a tendon.
Often, sinews. the source of strength, power, or vigor:
the sinews of the nation.
strength; power; resilience:
a man of great moral sinew.
verb (used with object)
to furnish with sinews; strengthen, as by sinews.
before 900; Middle English; Old English sinu (nominative), sinuwe (genitive); cognate with Dutch zenuw, German Sehne, Old Norse sin; akin to Sanskrit snāva sinew
Related forms
sinewless, adjective
unsinewed, adjective
unsinewing, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sinews
  • Writers have more important work: authenticity, exposure of the sinews of the world and human relationships.
  • The ancients had to make do with twisted ropes and sinews.
  • And since muscle contraction velocity increases as sinews warm up, you can get into a groove right from the start of your workout.
  • The focus was on the creative figure who hammered every dance out of the sinews of his or her own body.
  • When purchasing swordfish, choose a steak that is firm-textured and free of white sinews or too many dark markings.
  • He bends over so far to be fair that you can almost feel the sinews straining.
  • When the sinews get damaged, the healing takes time.
  • At night my limbs are pierced, and my sinews know no rest.
  • Good company and good discourse are the wry sinews of virtue.
  • Walking is recommended, to keep the sinews strong and resilient.
British Dictionary definitions for sinews


(anatomy) another name for tendon
(often pl)
  1. a source of strength or power
  2. a literary word for muscle
Derived Forms
sinewless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English sionu; related to Old Norse sin, Old Saxon sinewa, Old High German senawa sinew, Lettish pasainis string
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Word Origin and History for sinews



Old English seonowe, oblique form of nominative sionu "sinew," from Proto-Germanic *senawo (cf. Old Saxon sinewa, Old Norse sina, Old Frisian sine, Middle Dutch senuwe, Dutch zenuw, Old High German senawa, German Sehne), from PIE root *sai- "to tie, bind" (cf. Sanskrit snavah "sinew," Avestan snavar, Irish sin "chain").

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sinews in Medicine

sinew sin·ew (sĭn'yōō)

  1. A tendon.

  2. Vigorous strength; muscular power.

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