Often sinews. the source of strength, power, or vigor: the sinews of the nation.
strength; power; resilience: a man of great moral sinew.
verb (used with object)
to furnish with sinews; strengthen, as by sinews.
Origin of sinew
before 900; Middle English; Old English sinu (nominative), sinuwe (genitive); cognate with Dutch zenuw, German Sehne, Old Norse sin; akin to Sanskrit snāva sinewRelated formssin·ew·less, adjectiveun·sin·ewed, adjectiveun·sin·ew·ing, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of sinew
But I personally started to feel disrespected, that that caused me—because of my heart, my sinew—to overreact.
The butcher sawed excruciatingly slowly through bone and sinew.
Historical Examples of sinew
I strained a sinew on the day that I slew the three men at Castelnau.
The doctrine of Laissez-Faire is the sinew of her policy toward the European states.
The bone and sinew is in Africa—we wish to give it direction.
He was small of person, but every sinew in his wiry frame was of steel.
Small as the old man was, he was all sinew and muscle; his clutch was like that of a vice.
British Dictionary definitions for sinew
Derived Formssinewless, adjective anatomy another name for tendon (often plural)
- a source of strength or power
- a literary word for muscle
Word Origin for sinew
Old English sionu; related to Old Norse sin, Old Saxon sinewa, Old High German senawa sinew, Lettish pasainis string
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Word Origin and History for sinew
Old English seonowe, oblique form of nominative sionu "sinew," from Proto-Germanic *senawo (cf. Old Saxon sinewa, Old Norse sina, Old Frisian sine, Middle Dutch senuwe, Dutch zenuw, Old High German senawa, German Sehne), from PIE root *sai- "to tie, bind" (cf. Sanskrit snavah "sinew," Avestan snavar, Irish sin "chain").
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Vigorous strength; muscular power.
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