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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.]
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]
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]
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|Noun||1.||sinew - 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
|2.||sinew - possessing muscular strength|
strength - the property of being physically or mentally strong; "fatigue sapped his strength"
sinew[ˈsɪnjuː] n → tendon m
1. n. tendón;
2. vigoroso, muscular.