sinuous

[sin-yoo-uhs]
adjective
1.
having many curves, bends, or turns; winding: a sinuous path.
2.
indirect; devious: sinuous questions.
3.
characterized by a series of graceful curving motions: a sinuous dance.
4.
Botany. sinuate, as a leaf.

Origin:
1570–80; < Latin sinuōsus. See sinus, -ous

sinuously, adverb
sinuousness, noun
subsinuous, adjective
unsinuous, adjective
unsinuously, adverb
unsinuousness, noun


1. curving, meandering, twining, twisting, coiled, curved, serpentine. 2. roundabout.


1. straight. 2. direct.
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sinuous (ˈsɪnjʊəs)
 
adj
1.  full of turns or curves; intricate
2.  devious; not straightforward
3.  supple; lithe
 
[C16: from Latin sinuōsus winding, from sinus a curve]
 
'sinuously
 
adv
 
'sinuousness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

sinuous
"full of turns and curves," 1578, from L. sinuosus "full of folds or bendings," from sinus "curve, fold, bend."
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Example sentences
Peppered around lava flats and mountaintops all over the moon are strange
  sinuous shapes known as lunar swirls.
The wind starts in motion sinuous tendrils of grains.
Volcanic flows have produced long, sinuous channels extending for hundreds of
  kilometers.
There was a defined silhouette: bias-cut skirts created a sinuous shape.
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