[adjective sin-yoo-it, -eyt, verb sin-yoo-eyt]

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.

Origin of sinuate

1680–90; < Latin sinuātus past participle of sinuāre to bend, curve. See sinus, -ate1
Related formssin·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. 2019

Related Words for sinuate

coast, crawl, glide, glissade, move, skate, skid, slink, slip, snake, sneak, undulate, wriggle

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Also: sinuous (of leaves) having a strongly waved margin
another word for sinuous
Derived Formssinuately, adverb

Word Origin for sinuate

C17: from Latin sinuātus curved; see sinus, -ate 1
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Word Origin and History for sinuate

1680s, from Latin sinuatus, past participle of sinuare (see insinuate).

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