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1. Characterized by many curves or turns; winding: a sinuous stream.
2. Characterized by supple and lithe movements: the sinuous grace of a dancer.
3. Sinuate: a sinuous leaf.

[From Latin sinuōsus, from sinus, curve.]

sin′u·ous·ly adv.
sin′u·ous·ness n.
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Adv.1.sinuously - in a sinuous manner


advgewunden; dance etcgeschmeidig, schlangenartig
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Through the luxuriant, tangled vegetation of the Stygian jungle night a great lithe body made its way sinuously and in utter silence upon its soft padded feet.
He stood erect and stretched his great frame, the muscles of his arms gliding sinuously beneath his tanned skin as he bent his clenched fists behind his head.
So it was that as Kulonga emerged from the shadow of the jungle a slender coil of rope sped sinuously above him from the lowest branch of a mighty tree directly upon the edge of the fields of Mbonga, and ere the king's son had taken a half dozen steps into the clearing a quick noose tightened about his neck.
For a long period there was silence, then of a sudden a soft, stealthy sound behind me caused me to turn suddenly to behold a great many-legged banth creeping sinuously upon me.
The big cat had finished the milk and was rubbing its whiskered cheek sinuously against her skirt.
Her sinuously bittersweet voice, a smoky threat holding depths in reserve, can clench or ache or moan in a way that recalls the best of Joan Armatrading, one of Chapman's obvious models.
Unlike conventional robots, these are encased in skins of sinuously curved plastic; some resemble friendly grasshoppers.
But if Euler pursues different styles rather promiscuously, she seems particularly tempted by modernist painting, perhaps especially its mildly stigmatized Surrealist-decorative margins: Miro's sinuously interlocking forms, Klee's tiled superimpositions, de Chirico's exploded architectures and eggheaded figures, to name a few.
She stands on the platform, feeling the air move around her sinuously.
Emmanuel Krivine conducted a rip-roaring performance of the La Carnival Romain overture: zestful in the extrovert opening but relaxing for the sinuously warm and colourful central section, with its toe-tapping tambourine accompaniment.
Add an element of intrigue by winding steps sinuously uphill and through corridors of greenery to conceal what lies ahead.
Here, however, it is Dionysus who becomes a vague, broad reference for the East: Attractive young olive-skinned thesp Christopher Simpson is costumed in dreadlocks and harem pants, speaks in a broadly Middle Eastern accent and moves sinuously around the stage.