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ˈsɪn yu əssin·u·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sinuate, sinuous, wigglyadjective

    curved or curving in and out

    "wiggly lines"


  1. sinuousadjective

    Having curves in alternate directions; meandering.

  2. sinuousadjective

    Moving gracefully and supplely.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sinuousadjective

    Bending in and out.

    Etymology: sinueux, French, from sinus, Latin.

    Try with what disadvantage the voice will be carried in an horn, which is a line arched; or in a trumpet, which is a line retorted; or in some pipe that were sinuous. Francis Bacon.

    These, as a line, their long dimension drew,
    Streaking the ground with sinuous trace. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    In the dissections of horses, in the concave or sinuous part of the liver, whereat the gall is usually seated in quadrupeds, I discover an hollow, long, and membranous substance. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.


  1. sinuous

    Sinuosity, sinuosity index, or sinuosity coefficient of a continuously differentiable curve having at least one inflection point is the ratio of the curvilinear length (along the curve) and the Euclidean distance (straight line) between the end points of the curve. This dimensionless quantity can also be rephrased as the "actual path length" divided by the "shortest path length" of a curve. The value ranges from 1 (case of straight line) to infinity (case of a closed loop, where the shortest path length is zero or for an infinitely-long actual path).


  1. sinuous

    Sinuous generally refers to something that moves or proceeds in a winding or curvy course, often in a smooth, gradual manner. It can describe movements, physical objects, or abstract concepts. For example, a winding river, a serpentine dance, or a complex argument could all be described as sinuous. It is derived from the Latin word "sinuosus", meaning "bending, winding".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sinuousadjective

    bending in and out; of a serpentine or undulating form; winding; crooked

  2. Etymology: [L. sinuosus, fr. sinus a bent surface, a curve: cf. F. sinueux. See Sinus.]


  1. Sinuous

    undulating; curved in and out.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sinuous in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sinuous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of sinuous in a Sentence

  1. Erik Pevernagie:

    When we are in disruption, the mirror of the past shows all the cracks assembled during the sinuous journey of our life and makes us walk a tightrope between presence and absence. (“Disruption”)

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