- of, characteristic of, or resembling a serpent, as in form or movement.
- having a winding course, as a road; sinuous.
- shrewd, wily, or cunning.
- a device on a harquebus lock for holding the match.
- a cannon having any of various bore sizes, used from the 15th to the 17th century.
- Skating. a school figure made by skating two figure eights that share one loop.
- to make or follow a winding course: The stream serpentines through the valley.
Origin of serpentine1
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- a common mineral, hydrous magnesium silicate, H2Mg3Si2O2, usually oily green and sometimes spotted, occurring in many varieties: used for architectural and decorative purposes.
Origin of serpentine2
Examples from the Web for serpentine
Most of the time, the three-hour, serpentine drive to Jalalabad is gorgeous and calm, though attacks can happen.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
But he tells their story in a voyeuristic way, to make this one of the most troubling and serpentine novel of the year.What You Missed But Shouldn’t Have In 2013
December 25, 2013
It's not just about the wild serpentine forms that Schiavone borrowed from Mannerist painters based further south.The Unknown Masterpiece
November 25, 2013
Lynch nods indulgently as Brand launches into an epic, serpentine definition of the benefits of TM.David Lynch Discusses Transcendental Meditation in Los Angeles
April 7, 2013
In the park you will also find the Serpentine, a lake in which people boat or swim (depending on the time of year).Running the World
July 25, 2009
Mary looked up from the serpentine braid she was crocheting.Tiverton Tales
If there were no fools to skate on the Serpentine, there had been no Humane Society.Barrington
Charles James Lever
They had driven him home a dozen times from Serpentine Mews, and knew all about him.The Lock And Key Library
Shall we cross to the north, and see whether the Serpentine is in its place?
We should have been done for, had the cliff been serpentine marble.The Mistress of Shenstone
Florence L. Barclay
- of, relating to, or resembling a serpent
- twisting; winding
- maths a curve that is symmetric about the origin of and asymptotic to the x -axis
- a dark green or brown mineral with a greasy or silky lustre, found in igneous and metamorphic rocks. It is used as an ornamental stone; and one variety (chrysotile) is known as asbestos. Composition: hydrated magnesium silicate. Formula: Mg 3 Si 2 O 5 (OH) 4 . Crystal structure: monoclinic
- any of a group of minerals having the general formula (Mg,Fe) 3 Si 2 O 5 (OH) 4
Word Origin and History for serpentine
c.1400, "plant reputed to contain antivenom," from Old French serpentin name of a precious stone, noun use of adjective meaning "of a snake, snake-like; sly, deceptive," from Late Latin serpentius "of a serpent," from Latin serpentem (nominative serpens) "snake" (see serpent). As the name of a greenish igneous rock consisting mainly of hydrous magnesium silicate, attested from early 15c.
- Any of a group of greenish, brownish, or yellowish monoclinic minerals, occurring in igneous or metamorphic rocks. They are used as a source of magnesium and asbestos. Chemical formula: (Mg,Fe)3Si2O5(OH)4.