This unsmoked, wet-cured ham is the sine qua non of Parisian butcher shops: a light, ephemeral meat, sweet but umami.
That accumulation of identities is already a sine qua non when speaking of Hispanics, like Zimmerman.
In the land of the industrial revolution, foreign ownership and management is the sine qua non of industrial success.
sine reaped uncomprehending and resentful stares when he declined to join them.
The complement of the logarithm of a sine, tangent, or secant.
This enraged the President, and it was made a sine qua non, receive Mrs. Eaton, or quit the Cabinet.
A little further up the street I seen a sine what sed, "This is the door."
The sine qua non of all poetry is absolutely correct grammar and freedom from redundancy.
We require every man in the Army, for that is the 'sine qua non' of victory.
Its first appearance is in Barnes, who quotes it from Athenagoras "sine auctoris nomine."
trigonometric function, 1590s (in Thomas Fale's "Horologiographia, the Art of Dialling"), from Latin sinus "fold in a garment, bend, curve, bosom" (see sinus). Used mid-12c. by Gherardo of Cremona in Medieval Latin translation of Arabic geometrical text to render Arabic jiba "chord of an arc, sine" (from Sanskrit jya "bowstring"), which he confused with jaib "bundle, bosom, fold in a garment."
"an indispensable condition," Latin, literally "without which not," from sine "without" (see sans) + qua ablative fem. singular of qui "which" (see who) + non "not" (see non-). Feminine to agree with implied causa. The Latin phrase is common in Scholastic use. Sometimes a masculine form, sine quo non, is used when a person is intended. Proper plural is sine quibus non.
The essential, crucial, or indispensable ingredient without which something would be impossible: “Her leadership was the sine qua non of the organization's success.” From Latin, meaning “without which nothing.”