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Definition of "sinew" [sin•ew]

  • A tendon. (noun)
  • Vigorous strength; muscular power. (noun)
  • The source or mainstay of vitality and strength. Often used in the plural: "Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue” ( Izaak Walton). (noun)
  • To strengthen with or as if with sinews. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sinew" in a sentence
  • "He preaches what he calls the sinew and bone of doctrine, and he is very stern in the pulpit."
  • "Matching him sinew for sinew is Wes Studi as the bloodcurdlingly vengeful villain Magua, who vows to rip the heart out of an old adversary."
  • "And strings them nested onto strands of sinew from a tule deer"