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sinew

[ sin-yoo ]
/ 藞s瑟n yu /
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noun
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.
verb (used with object)
to furnish with sinews; strengthen, as by sinews.
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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 sn膩va sinew

OTHER WORDS FROM sinew

sin路ew路less, adjectiveun路sin路ewed, adjectiveun路sin路ew路ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sinew

sinew
/ (藞s瑟nju藧) /

noun
anatomy another name for tendon
(often plural)
  1. a source of strength or power
  2. a literary word for muscle

Derived forms of sinew

sinewless, adjective

Word Origin for sinew

Old English sionu; related to Old Norse sin, Old Saxon sinewa, Old High German senawa sinew, Lettish pasainis string
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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