Definition of sinuosity in US English:



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

    • ‘Morphological comparisons between The canal and valley and channel landforms show many broad similarities in planform, sinuosity, lengths, widths and variability along length.’
    • ‘The company's style is contemporary Spanish dance, rather than pure flamenco - full of jazzy sinuosity, syncopation and angles.’
    • ‘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 low mountain front sinuosity suggests that the entire length of the northern front is marked by a major fault.’
    • ‘The depth and sinuosity of sandstone deposits reveal the original dimensions and course of ancient river channels.’
    • ‘Evidence of sinuosity in the channels is provided by meander cut-offs occasionally seen in plan view on wave-cut platforms.’
    • ‘The distinct double sinuosity of the anterior margin of the left anterior auricle of the new species was not observed by Professor Silkin’
    • ‘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.’
    twist, turn, coil, spiral, twirl, curl, helix, whorl, loop, curlicue, kink
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    1. 1.1 A bend, especially in a stream or road.


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