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sinuate

[adj. sin-yoo-it, -eyt, v. sin-yoo-eyt] /adj. ˈsɪn yu ɪt, -ˌeɪt, v. ˈsɪn yuˌeɪt/
adjective, Also, sinuated
1.
bent in and out; winding; sinuous.
2.
Botany. having the margin strongly or distinctly wavy, as a leaf.
verb (used without object), sinuated, sinuating.
3.
to curve or wind in and out; creep in a winding path:
a snake sinuating along the ground.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90; < Latin sinuātus past participle of sinuāre to bend, curve. See sinus, -ate1
Related forms
sinuately, adverb
unsinuate, adjective
unsinuately, adverb
unsinuated, adjective
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Examples for sinuate
  • Pronotum broad, basal margin sinuate, without any impressions.
  • Basal lobes rounded or acute and apex acute to obtuse and the leaf margin may appear slightly sinuate.
  • They have a fine single or double serrate-denticulate to sinuate margin.
British Dictionary definitions for sinuate

sinuate

/ˈsɪnjʊɪt; -ˌeɪt/
adjective
1.
Also sinuous. (of leaves) having a strongly waved margin
2.
another word for sinuous
Derived Forms
sinuately, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin sinuātus curved; see sinus, -ate1
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Word Origin and History for sinuate
adj.

1680s, from Latin sinuatus, past participle of sinuare (see insinuate).

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