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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for un 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 un sinuous

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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