from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or resembling a serpent, as in form or movement; sinuous.
- adj. Subtly sly and tempting.
- n. Any of a group of greenish, brownish, or spotted minerals, Mg3Si2O5(OH)4, used as a source of magnesium and asbestos, and in architecture as a decorative stone.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Sinuous; curving in alternate directions.
- adj. Having the shape or form of a snake.
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of snakes.
- adj. Of, or having attributes associated with, the mythological serpent, such as craftiness or deceitfulness.
- n. Any of several plants believed to cure snakebites.
- n. An early form of cannon.
- n. A coiled distillation tube.
- v. To serpentize; to turn or bend; to meander.
- adj. Of or characteristic of serpentine rocks or the plants that grow there.
- n. Any of several green/brown minerals consisting of a magnesium and iron silicates.
- n. Any of many minerals that have the same layered crystal structure.
- n. An outcrop or region with soil and rock dominated by these minerals.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Resembling a serpent; having the shape or qualities of a serpent; subtle; winding or turning one way and the other, like a moving serpent; anfractuous; meandering; sinuous; zigzag.
- n. A mineral or rock consisting chiefly of the hydrous silicate of magnesia. It is usually of an obscure green color, often with a spotted or mottled appearance resembling a serpent's skin. Precious, or noble, serpentine is translucent and of a rich oil-green color.
- n. A kind of ancient cannon.
- intransitive v. To serpentize.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to or resembling a serpent.
- Having or resembling the qualities or instincts ascribed to serpents; subtle; cunning; treacherous or dangerous.
- Moving like a serpent; winding about; writhing; wriggling; meandering; coiling; crooked; bent; tortuous; sinuous; zigzag; anfractuous; specifically, in the manège, lolling out and moving over the bit, as a horse's tongue.
- Beginning and ending with the same word, as a line of poetry, as if returning upon itself. See serpentine verse.
- n. In French usage, part of the lock of an early form of harquebus; a match-holder, resembling a pair of nippers, which could be brought down upon the powder in the pan.
- n. A cannon in use in the sixteenth century. The serpentine proper is described as having a bore of 1½ inches, and the cannon serpentine as having a bore of 7 inches and a shot of 53½ pounds. Compare organ-gun.
- n. A kind of still; a serpentary.
- n. A hydrous silicate of magnesium, occurring massive, sometimes fine, granular, and compact, again finely fibrous, less often slaty.
- To wind like a serpent; move sinuously like a snake; meander; wriggle.
- n. In mathematics: The surface generated by a sphere whose center travels along a helix.
- n. A special curve of the third order.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. resembling a serpent in form
Middle English, from Old French serpentin, from Late Latin serpentīnus, from Latin serpēns, serpent-, serpent; see serpent.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin serpentīnus, from serpēns ("serpent"). (Wiktionary)