- a tendon.
- Often sinews. the source of strength, power, or vigor: the sinews of the nation.
- strength; power; resilience: a man of great moral sinew.
- to furnish with sinews; strengthen, as by sinews.
Origin of sinew
Examples from the Web for sinew
I strained a sinew on the day that I slew the three men at Castelnau.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The doctrine of Laissez-Faire is the sinew of her policy toward the European states.The Arena
The bone and sinew is in Africa—we wish to give it direction.Official Report of the Niger Valley Exploring Party
Martin Robinson Delany
He was small of person, but every sinew in his wiry frame was of steel.Manasseh
Small as the old man was, he was all sinew and muscle; his clutch was like that of a vice.The Three Midshipmen
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").
- A tendon.
- Vigorous strength; muscular power.