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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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sinuous
"full of turns and curves," 1578, from L. sinuosus "full of folds or bendings," from sinus "curve, fold, bend."
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