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sin·ew

 (sĭn′yo͞o)
n.
1. A tendon.
2. Vigorous strength; muscular power.
3. often sinews The source or mainstay of vitality and strength: "Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue" (Izaak Walton).
tr.v. sin·ewed, sin·ew·ing, sin·ews
To strengthen with or as if with sinews.

[Middle English sinewe, from Old English sinewe, oblique form of seonu, sinu.]

sinew

(ˈsɪnjuː)
n
1. (Anatomy) anatomy another name for tendon
2. (often plural)
a. a source of strength or power
b. a literary word for muscle
[Old English sionu; related to Old Norse sin, Old Saxon sinewa, Old High German senawa sinew, Lettish pasainis string]
ˈsinewless adj

sin•ew

(ˈsɪn yu)

n.
1. a tendon.
2. Often, sinews. a source of strength, power, or vigor: the sinews of the nation.
3. strength; power; resilience: great moral sinew.
v.t.
4. to strengthen, as with sinews.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English sinu (nominative), sinuwe (genitive), c. Old Frisian sini, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Middle High German sene, Old Norse sin]
sin′ew•less, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sinew - a cord or band of inelastic tissue connecting a muscle with its bony attachmentsinew - a cord or band of inelastic tissue connecting a muscle with its bony attachment
connective tissue - tissue of mesodermal origin consisting of e.g. collagen fibroblasts and fatty cells; supports organs and fills spaces between them and forms tendons and ligaments
collagen - a fibrous scleroprotein in bone and cartilage and tendon and other connective tissue; yields gelatin on boiling
muscle system, muscular structure, musculature - the muscular system of an organism
hamstring, hamstring tendon - one of the tendons at the back of the knee
Achilles tendon, tendon of Achilles - a large tendon that runs from the heel to the calf
2.sinew - possessing muscular strength
strength - the property of being physically or mentally strong; "fatigue sapped his strength"

sinew

noun
The state or quality of being physically strong:
Translations
jännejäntevyysvoimavoimanlähde
snagatetiva
erőhajtóerőínizomerőmozgatóerő

sinew

[ˈsɪnjuː] N
1. (= tendon) → tendón m (fig) (= strength) → nervio m, vigor m
2. sinews (= muscles) → músculos mpl

sinew

[ˈsɪnjuː] ntendon m

sinew

n
Sehne f
sinews pl (fig)Kräfte pl, → Stärke f

sinew

[ˈsɪnjuː] n (tendon) → tendine m sinews npl (muscles) → muscoli mpl (fig) (strength) → forza

sin·ew

1. n. tendón;
2. vigoroso, muscular.
References in classic literature ?
I noticed his hands, dirty, with long nails; they were merely bone and sinew, large and strong; but I had forgotten that they were so shapely.
This fair little stranger is so small of bone and sinew, that his old name is not to the purpose.
And by means of that mysterious indefinable bond which maintains throughout an army one and the same temper, known as "the spirit of the army," and which constitutes the sinew of war, Kutuzov's words, his order for a battle next day, immediately became known from one end of the army to the other.
He became quicker of movement than the other dogs, swifter of foot, craftier, deadlier, more lithe, more lean with ironlike muscle and sinew, more enduring, more cruel, more ferocious, and more intelligent.
Neither is money the sinews of war (as it is trivially said), where the sinews of men's arms, in base and effeminate people, are failing.
It is allowed, that senates and great councils are often troubled with redundant, ebullient, and other peccant humours; with many diseases of the head, and more of the heart; with strong convulsions, with grievous contractions of the nerves and sinews in both hands, but especially the right; with spleen, flatus, vertigos, and deliriums; with scrofulous tumours, full of fetid purulent matter; with sour frothy ructations: with canine appetites, and crudeness of digestion, besides many others, needless to mention.
At last came she whom Tarzan sought, with lithe sinews rolling beneath shimmering hide; fat and glossy came Sabor, the lioness.
It's a muscular and harrowing portrayal that powerfully captures every strained sinew and aching muscle of Jeff's nervous return to the land of the bruised but living.
PLUS a sinew-backed recurve bow with red and black pigment and sinew string, length 43 in.
Supplies: Moccasins, artificial sinew, #2 Glovers needle, binder clips, needle-nose pliers, gloves, matches or lighter, ruler, hammer, stone.
I thought they left every sinew of energy out on that pitch.
It is going to take every sinew to protect Britain and workers' rights from globalisation when Britain is alone on a sea of troubles.