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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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The root surface becomes sinuately dissolved and its complete resorption occurs within a few months [16].
Elytra with fine, short setae on narrow intervals and on subapical callosities (seen by tipping back specimen); pronotal lateral margins sinuately constricted at base; southern Mexico, Guatemala D.
Head: Wider across eyes than long (26.5/23); "genae" much shorter than clypeus and adherent at its apex; antenniferous lobes short with apex acute; antennae 2.45x as long as width of head (65/26.5), segment I by far longest, cylindrical and slightly curved, segments II + III shorter, more slender, and straight, IV shortest and clavate; length of antennal segments I/II/III/IV = 29/13.5/15.5/7; eyes stalked and directed anterolaterally; postocular lobes sinuately converging to constricted neck; vertex with a carinate ridge laterally delimited by longitudinal grooves; rostrum arising from a slitlike atrium, shorter than head, lateral margins of rostral groove beset with a fringe of stiff setae.