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sinew

[sin-yoo] /ˈsɪn yu/
noun
1.
a tendon.
2.
Often, sinews. the source of strength, power, or vigor:
the sinews of the nation.
3.
strength; power; resilience:
a man of great moral sinew.
verb (used with object)
4.
to furnish with sinews; strengthen, as by sinews.
Origin of sinew
900
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
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  • But the buckskins were sinewed with whalebone and used to desert work.

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  • He showed her his two hands, big and sinewed, capable and strong.

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  • The growl in his deep chest and sinewed throat was that of a wolf.

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  • If his genius was somewhat less fine, it was infinitely better thewed and sinewed.

  • Smiler came in, tattered and unkempt as usual, but wiry and sinewed, as anyone could see at a glance.

  • He dreamed of building an airplane with metal, wood and fabric to emulate the sinewed, feathered grace of a soaring gull.

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  • Ezra opened his mouth, no doubt to cry aloud, but Hal clapped a sinewed hand over it, and slammed him back against the wall.

    Cursed George Allan England
  • A fine figure of a mariner he strode along, erect, deep-chested, thewed and sinewed like a bull.

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British Dictionary definitions for sinewed

sinew

/ˈsɪnjuː/
noun
1.
(anatomy) another name for tendon
2.
(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 sinewed

sinew

n.

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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sinewed in Medicine

sinew sin·ew (sĭn'yōō)
n.

  1. A tendon.

  2. Vigorous strength; muscular power.

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