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 (sĭn′yo͞o-ĭt, -āt′)
Having a wavy indented margin, as a leaf.
intr.v. sin·u·at·ed, sin·u·at·ing, sin·u·ates
To bend or curve; wind in and out.

[Latin sinuāre, sinuāt-, to bend, from sinus, curve.]

sin′u·ate·ly adv.
sin′u·a′tion n.


(ˈsɪnjʊɪt; -ˌeɪt) or


1. (Botany) Also: sinuous (of leaves) having a strongly waved margin
2. another word for sinuous
[C17: from Latin sinuātus curved; see sinus, -ate1]
ˈsinuately adv


(adj. ˈsɪn yu ɪt, -ˌeɪt)

1. winding; sinuous.
2. Bot. having the margin strongly or distinctly wavy, as a leaf.
[1680–90; < Latin sinuātus, past participle of sinuāre to bend, curve]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sinuate - curved or curving in and out; "wiggly lines"
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"
2.sinuate - having a strongly waved margin alternately concave and convex
smooth - of the margin of a leaf shape; not broken up into teeth


To move sinuously:
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Paramere gradually attenuate from base, sinuate laterally, apices narrowly arcuate and acutely hooked laterally; ventrally separate, articulate.
3 Parameral blade oval with inner and outer margins sinuate, apex subround without inner spine and ridge, penial lobes quadrangular, vesica almost equal to penial lobes...............................
The cotyledons (Figure 1B and C) are thin, green, petiolated and leaf-like; the leaf blade shows morphological diversity varying from ovate to parabolic, apex obtuse or roundish, base obtuse or straight, margin sinuate or crenate, and trinervous.
In contrast, in both Leptoderes and Eulophophyllum the subcosta and radius run parallel for the greater part of the wing, but in Leptoderes they are sinuate (Fig.
Conidiophores were single on a hyphal cell, measured 112.5-195 A- 10-12.5 m and produced 2-6 immature conidia in chains with a sinuate outline.
1B), and long and slender ovipositor with a strongly sinuate apex (Fig.
3I) with anterior margin slightly convex and sinuate at both sides, side margins rounded, posterior margin more or less straight, apices not evident, lateral areas little raised, poorly defined.
alpestris Boiss, with denticulate to serrate leaves, mucronate teeth, below glabrescent to pubescent, petiole up to 0.9 cm, with sinuate secondary ribs and abundant fasciculate, multiradiate and stellate trichomes; later named by COUTINHO (1888) as: Q.
Lateral carinae high, strongly sinuate, with two fully developed rows of areolae at the highest part, these large and complete (Fig.
auratus because this one is ovate, the ventral margin is sinuate and the dorsal margin is irregular.