Definition of sinuosity in English:



mass noun
  • 1The ability to curve or bend easily and flexibly.

    • ‘The distinct double sinuosity of the anterior margin of the left anterior auricle of the new species was not observed by Professor Silkin’
    • ‘The low mountain front sinuosity suggests that the entire length of the northern front is marked by a major fault.’
    • ‘The shape and sinuosity of meanders is influenced by the erodibility of the materials of the banks and by the slope or energy of the river.’
    • ‘The valleys have low sinuosity and a maximum vertical relief of 200 m.’
    • ‘Finally, Millepied, while brilliant in many places, simply misses the point of the third sailor's rhumba reducing it to mechanical sinuosity, and not at all sexy.’
    • ‘The company's style is contemporary Spanish dance, rather than pure flamenco - full of jazzy sinuosity, syncopation and angles.’
    • ‘Evidence of sinuosity in the channels is provided by meander cut-offs occasionally seen in plan view on wave-cut platforms.’
    • ‘Morphological comparisons between The canal and valley and channel landforms show many broad similarities in planform, sinuosity, lengths, widths and variability along length.’
    • ‘The depth and sinuosity of sandstone deposits reveal the original dimensions and course of ancient river channels.’
    twist, turn, coil, spiral, twirl, curl, helix, whorl, loop, curlicue, kink
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    1. 1.1count noun A bend, especially in a stream or road.


Late 16th century: from French sinuosité or medieval Latin sinuositas, from sinuosus (see sinuous).