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[sahy-nahy, sahy-nee-ahy] /ˈsaɪ naɪ, ˈsaɪ niˌaɪ/
Also called Sinai Peninsula. a peninsula in NE Egypt, at the N end of the Red Sea between the Gulfs of Suez and Aqaba. 230 miles (370 km) long.
Mount, the mountain, in S Sinai, of uncertain identity, on which Moses received the law. Ex.
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[sahy-nee-it-ik] /ˌsaɪ niˈɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
[si-ney-ik] /sɪˈneɪ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for sinaitic
Historical Examples
  • He even crossed the Jordan and went through the sinaitic desert to Egypt.

    Palestine Claude Reignier Conder
  • For forty years we find him on the sinaitic peninsula, herding sheep.

    Training the Teacher A. F. Schauffler
  • The mines of the sinaitic Peninsula were coveted by both countries.

  • We have already seen that the sinaitic Desert is almost waterless.

  • In 1868 a party of engineering experts left England to make a scientific survey of the sinaitic Peninsula.

  • The limit in the opposite directions seems to have been the Fayoom on the west, and the sinaitic Peninsula on the east.

    The New York Obelisk Charles E. Moldenke
  • On the other hand, gaps in philosophical teaching are bridged over by the sinaitic Law.

  • South of Palestine it forms the remarkable sinaitic group of mountains, upon one of which the Law was given.

    The Rand-McNally Bible Atlas Jesse L. Hurlbut
  • As it was they put up a very good fight and their arrangements for getting across the sinaitic desert were excellent.

    Pan-Islam George Wyman Bury
  • It would seem to accept the sinaitic Covenant as a literal episode, and even to synchronise the Mission with it.

    Chosen Peoples

    Israel Zangwill
British Dictionary definitions for sinaitic


of or relating to the Sinai Peninsula
of or relating to Mount Sinai


/ˈsaɪnaɪ; ˈsaɪnɪˌaɪ/
a mountainous peninsula of NE Egypt at the N end of the Red Sea, between the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba: occupied by Israel in 1967; fully restored by 1982
Mount Sinai, the mountain where Moses received the Law from God (Exodus 19–20): often identified as Jebel Musa, sometimes as Jebel Serbal, both on the S Sinai Peninsula
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Word Origin and History for sinaitic


the mountain is perhaps named for Sin, a moon goddess worshipped by Sumerians, Akkadians, and ancient Arabs. As an adjectival form, Sinaic (1769), Sinaitic (1786).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sinaitic in Culture
Sinai [(seye-neye)]

Peninsula in northeastern Egypt, bordered by the Gulf of Aqaba, an arm of the Red Sea, to the east, and the Gulf of Suez, another arm of the Red Sea, to the west.

Note: Sinai has been the scene of fighting during the Arab-Israeli conflict. Israel conquered and occupied Sinai in the Six-Day War but returned the region to Egypt in 1982.
Note: In the Bible, Moses received the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai.
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