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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for sinewless

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 sinewless
sinew
O.E. seonowe, oblique form of nom. sionu "sinew," from P.Gmc. *senawo (cf. O.S. sinewa, O.N. sina, O.Fris. sine, M.Du. senuwe, O.H.G. senawa, Ger. Sehne), from PIE base *sai- "to bend" (cf. Skt. snavah "sinew," Avestan snavar, Ir. sin "chain").
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sinewless in Medicine

sinew sin·ew (sĭn'yōō)
n.

  1. A tendon.

  2. Vigorous strength; muscular power.

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