Definition of sinuous in English:



  • 1Having many curves and turns.

    ‘the river follows a sinuous trail through the dale’
    • ‘Lizards scurry in the leaf litter at my feet, monkeys feed noisily in the branches above nay head, a vine snake makes its sinuous way toward an unsuspecting small bird.’
    • ‘Covered with mysteriously indented curves and sinuous ridges, the sculpture invites comment and touch.’
    • ‘They offered me a morsel of their rococo scorpion roll, which snaked across a plate in sinuous curves.’
    • ‘Beautiful terraced gardens sloped down towards the wide Conwy estuary, with the sea-going river a sinuous curve of silver between gleaming mud banks.’
    • ‘The fence pictured above coils into a sinuous spiral.’
    • ‘Some designs have a sinuous, undulating quality that is identifiably French.’
    • ‘Monochrome blocks, representing single species planting, undulate in sinuous curves of primary colour reminiscent of Miro or Arp.’
    • ‘On the same program soloist Robert Johnson's Five Loaves of Bread and Two Fish reached out in sinuous, endless curves that spoke of a different kind of quest.’
    • ‘Shutters are thin timber slats set between curved metal guiding rails; sinuous, gentle, they roll back into themselves like roll-top desks.’
    • ‘Smoke rose from the piece's mouth, trailing upward in a sinuous line before disappearing into thin air.’
    • ‘The pale blue concrete countertop traces a sinuous curve around one corner to create a breakfast area near the family room.’
    • ‘Ribbons can be more or less straight, sinuous, twisted, or convoluted.’
    • ‘The sinuous lines and whiplash curves that are widely recognized as the hallmarks of the style were not universally adopted.’
    • ‘The battlefield diminished behind us as we snaked down a sinuous road.’
    • ‘Flying in, I had been mesmerized by sinuous curves of sloughs and streams which wove together, then apart, meandering toward the gulf.’
    • ‘On the left side, a sinuous twig curves from the stem base around the back of the bowl.’
    • ‘The landscape here was more undulating, the lanes more sinuous and the wine-tastings deeply intoxicating.’
    winding, windy, serpentine, curving, twisting, meandering, snaking, snaky, zigzag, zigzagging, turning, bending, curling, coiling, undulating
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    1. 1.1Lithe and supple.
      ‘the sinuous grace of a cat’
      • ‘The catwalk was illuminated beautifully to highlight the embroidery and sequin work on the garments displayed by the sinuous models.’
      • ‘Its design studio has to style cars with the sinuous, feline grace that defines the brand, while making sure new offerings look fresh.’
      • ‘It's not just that he's 5ft 2in tall, it's also that his sinuous, muscly frame makes him look as if he is verging on petite; more like a racing jockey than a racing driver.’
      • ‘The building's exterior is nothing but curves and lines, sinuous and simple, like the body of a ballet dancer.’
      • ‘he had a graceful white body with delicate cloven feet and a long sinuous tail.’
      • ‘The two earlier ones are stocky and powerful while the later ones, slender and long-limbed, dance with supple, sinuous grace.’
      • ‘He approached the girl, his movement so sinuous, so lithe; Cora wondered that no one else stared.’
      • ‘Kerry moves and stands with a sinuous grace.’
      • ‘The lights focus in on the stage to highlight the sinuous muscles of the three men rising and turning in an avant-garde mix of movement over break beat.’
      • ‘Her sinuous grace makes even the most complicated manoeuvre look not just effortless but perfectly natural.’
      lithe, supple, agile, graceful, loose-limbed, limber, lissom, willowy
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Late 16th century: from French sinueux or Latin sinuosus, from sinus a bend.