- n. Plural form of sinew.
“That the rebel States, as a military question, must be deprived of the 'sinews of war,' which, with them, are the _sinews of slaves_, is quite certain.”
“Still, an accumulating body of research suggests that the stiffening of America’s socioeconomic sinews is more advanced than the culture, even now, seems willing to admit; worse than the scholars who monitor it had hitherto understood; and — how shaming is this? — worse than in many older, wearier countries.”
“Transvaal mint coining the sinews of war at the expense of its victims, but the plundered gold after all not equalling commercial paper values.”
“The means employed in that conspiracy were a subtle, so to say, occult propaganda to seduce a simple people to false convictions, to induce the creation of gigantic armaments, a secret service employing at a vast cost journalism, emissaries, and agencies, to gain partisans and allies outside South Africa, the Transvaal mint to coin the sinews of war from the appropriation of the mines and their output, the dynamite factory”
“In time of war, it would offer to the enterprises of an enemy, what have been emphatically called the sinews of war.”
“The bodies of men, munition, and money, may justly be called the sinews of war.”
“Sometimes, however, the bow is made of a single piece of the horn of an elk, covered on the back like those of wood with sinews and glue, and occasionally ornamented by a strand wrought of porcupine quills and sinews, which is wrapped round the horn near its two ends.”
History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, Vol. I. To the Sources of the Missouri, Thence Across the Rocky Mountains and Down the River Columbia to the Pacific Ocean. Performed During the Years 1804-5-6.
“Credit makes war, and makes peace; raises armies, fits out navies, fights battles, besieges towns; and, in a word, it is more justly called the sinews of war than the money itself,  because it can do all these things without money -- nay, it will bring in money to be subservient, though it be independent.”
“STRANGER: And we have subtracted the manufacture of all articles made of flax and cords, and all that we just now metaphorically termed the sinews of plants, and we have also separated off the process of felting and the putting together of materials by stitching and sewing, of which the most important part is the cobbler’s art.”
“My sinews are a little contracted, but I hope I shall soon recover. ”
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Tyger, tyger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
In what distant deeps or skies
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