[ adjective sin-yoo-it, -eyt, verb sin-yoo-eyt ]
/ adjective ˈsɪn yu ɪt, -ˌeɪt, verb ˈsɪn yuˌeɪt /

adjective Also sin·u·at·ed.

bent in and out; winding; sinuous.
Botany. having the margin strongly or distinctly wavy, as a leaf.

verb (used without object), sin·u·at·ed, sin·u·at·ing.

to curve or wind in and out; creep in a winding path: a snake sinuating along the ground.


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Origin of sinuate

1680–90; < Latin sinuātus past participle of sinuāre to bend, curve. See sinus, -ate1


sin·u·ate·ly, adverbun·sin·u·ate, adjectiveun·sin·u·ate·ly, adverbun·sin·u·at·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sinuate



/ (ˈsɪnjʊɪt, -ˌeɪt) /


Also: sinuous (of leaves) having a strongly waved margin
another word for sinuous

Derived forms of sinuate

sinuately, adverb

Word Origin for sinuate

C17: from Latin sinuātus curved; see sinus, -ate 1
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