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sinuous

[sin-yoo-uh s] /ˈsɪn yu əs/
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 of sinuous
1570-1580
1570-80; < Latin sinuōsus. See sinus, -ous
Related forms
sinuously, adverb
sinuousness, noun
subsinuous, adjective
unsinuous, adjective
unsinuously, adverb
unsinuousness, noun
Synonyms
1. curving, meandering, twining, twisting, coiled, curved, serpentine. 2. roundabout.
Antonyms
1. straight. 2. direct.
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  • The song is in the rhythm of that dance, and its sinuous melody is handled by Carmen like a toy.

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
  • For what end are her fair complexities, her changes of soil, her sinuous coast?

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • The priests garbed as ancient warriors joined in, their nasturtium-hued mantles and golden harness aquiver like sinuous flames.

    Caravans By Night Harry Hervey
  • Lithe and sinuous as a panther, he rode with a perfect ease that was captivating.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • Whether this aptitude was combined with the sinuous cunning that is essentially Oriental Nigel did not know.

    Bella Donna Robert Hichens
  • sinuous and supple, she was exquisitely feminine to the finger tips.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • But what avail would be a pair of frail arms against that sinuous overmastering current?

    The Long Patrol H. A. Cody
  • The sinuous Ravi river was hardly half an English mile distant.

British Dictionary definitions for sinuous

sinuous

/ˈsɪnjʊəs/
adjective
1.
full of turns or curves; intricate
2.
devious; not straightforward
3.
supple; lithe
Also sinuate
Derived Forms
sinuously, adverb
sinuousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin sinuōsus winding, from sinus a curve
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Word Origin and History for sinuous
adj.

"full of turns and curves," 1570s, from Latin sinuosus "full of curves, folds, or bendings," from sinus "curve, fold, bend" (see sinus). Related: Sinuously; sinuousness.

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