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ser·pen·tine

 (sûr′pən-tēn′, -tīn′)
adj.
1. Of or resembling a serpent, as in form or movement; sinuous.
2. Subtly sly and tempting.
3. Relating to or associated with serpentinite or soil derived from it.
n. (-tēn′)
1. Any of a group of greenish, brownish, or mottled minerals, Mg3Si2O5(OH)4, including chrysotile, a variety of asbestos.
2. A metamorphic rock containing serpentine minerals; serpentinite.

[Middle English, from Old French serpentin, from Late Latin serpentīnus, from Latin serpēns, serpent-, serpent; see serpent.]

serpentine

(ˈsɜːpənˌtaɪn)
adj
1. (Zoology) of, relating to, or resembling a serpent
2. twisting; winding
n
(Mathematics) maths a curve that is symmetric about the origin of and asymptotic to the x-axis
[C14: from Late Latin serpentīnus, from serpēns serpent]

serpentine

(ˈsɜːpənˌtaɪn)
n
1. (Minerals) a dark green or brown mineral with a greasy or silky lustre, found in igneous and metamorphic rocks. It is used as an ornamental stone; and one variety (chrysotile) is known as asbestos. Composition: hydrated magnesium silicate. Formula: Mg3Si2O5(OH)4. Crystal structure: monoclinic
2. (Minerals) any of a group of minerals having the general formula (Mg,Fe)3Si2O5(OH)4
[C15 serpentyn, from Medieval Latin serpentīnum serpentine1; referring to the snakelike patterns of these minerals]

ser•pen•tine1

(ˈsɜr pənˌtin, -ˌtaɪn)

adj.
1. of, characteristic of, or resembling a serpent, as in form or movement.
2. having a winding course, as a road; sinuous.
3. shrewd, wily, or cunning.
n.
4. something with a sinuous, snakelike form or movement.
[1350–1400; Middle English (adj.) < Latin serpentīnus snakelike]
ser′pen•tine`ly, adv.

ser•pen•tine2

(ˈsɜr pənˌtin, -ˌtaɪn)

n.
a green mineral or rock composed of this mineral, hydrous magnesium silicate, Mg3Si2O5(OH)4, occurring in massive, platy, and fibrous varieties.
[1400–50; < Medieval Latin serpentīnum, n. use. of neuter of serpentīnus serpentine1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.serpentine - resembling a serpent in form; "a serpentine wall"; "snaky ridges in the sand"
curved, curving - having or marked by a curve or smoothly rounded bend; "the curved tusks of a walrus"; "his curved lips suggested a smile but his eyes were hard"

serpentine

adjective twisting, winding, snaking, crooked, coiling, meandering, tortuous, sinuous, twisty, snaky serpentine woodland pathways

serpentine

adjective
Repeatedly curving in alternate directions:
Translations
gewundenschlangenförmigSchlangensteinsich schlängelnd
juonikaskäärmemäinenkiemurtelevamutkikasmutkitteleva

serpentine

[ˈsɜːpəntaɪn]
A. ADJserpentino
B. N (Min) → serpentina f

serpentine

adj lane, rivergewunden, mit vielen Windungen; road alsokurvenreich; gardenverschlungen

serpentine

[ˈsɜːpnˌtaɪn] n (liter) (sinuous) → sinuoso/a
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The only thing she had to vex her was the absence of her daughter; for the fairies, for reasons of their own, determined to bring up the little Princess Serpentine among themselves.
He alighted gaily on the open sward, between the Baby's Palace and the Serpentine, and the first thing he did was to lie on his back and kick.
After having my hands in it for only a few minutes, my fingers felt like eels, and began, as it were, to serpentine and spiralize.
It was a quarter past six when we left Baker Street, and it still wanted ten minutes to the hour when we found ourselves in Serpentine Avenue.
the din of all the great double petards of the Saint-Jean, the discharge of twenty arquebuses on supports, the detonation of that famous serpentine of the Tower of Billy, which, during the siege of Paris, on Sunday, the twenty-sixth of September, 1465, killed seven Burgundians at one blow, the explosion of all the powder stored at the gate of the Temple, would have rent his ears less rudely at that solemn and dramatic moment, than these few words, which fell from the lips of the usher, "His eminence, Monseigneur the Cardinal de Bourbon.
At the turn in the cleft the stairs ended, and the path was level; but it wound and twisted in a serpentine fashion, until suddenly at a sharp angle it debouched upon a narrow court, across which loomed an inner wall equally as high as the outer.
It was a water-snake, Tom told her; and Lucy at last could see the serpentine wave of its body, very much wondering that a snake could swim.
She had a serpentine way of coming close at me when she pretended to be vitally interested in the friends and localities I had left, which was altogether snaky and fork-tongued; and when she made an occasional bounce upon Startop(who said very little to her), or upon Drummle (who said less), I rather envied them for being on the opposite side of the table.
I puzzled over this for a time, and then went on to the bridge over the Serpentine.
Emerging from the chain of Blue Mountains, they descended upon a vast plain, almost a dead level, sixty miles in circumference, Of excellent soil, with fine streams meandering through it in every direction, their courses marked out in the wide landscape by serpentine lines of cotton-wood trees, and willows, which fringed their banks, and afforded sustenance to great numbers of beavers and otters.
There is cultivated in the king's garden at Paris, a species of serpentine aloes without prickles, whose large and beautiful flower exhales a strong odour of the vanilla, during the time of its expansion, which is very short.
Tess soon perceived as she walked in the flock, sometimes with this one, sometimes with that, that the fresh night air was producing staggerings and serpentine courses among then men who had partaken too freely; some of the more careless women also were wandering in their gait--to wit, a dark virago, Car Darch, dubbed Queen of Spades, till lately a favourite of d'Urberville's; Nancy, her sister, nicknamed the Queen of Diamonds; and the young married woman who had already tumbled down.