from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A tendon.
- noun Vigorous strength; muscular power.
- noun The source or mainstay of vitality and strength.
- transitive verb To strengthen with or as if with sinews.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A cord or tendon of the body. See
- noun A nerve. Compare
- noun Hence Figuratively, muscle; nerve; nervous energy; strength.
- noun A string or chord, as of a musical instrument.
- noun That which gives strength or in which strength consists; a supporting member or factor; a mainstay.
- To furnish with sinews; strengthen as by sinews; make robust; harden; steel.
- To serve as sinews of; be the support or mainstay of.
- To knit or bind strongly; join firmly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Anat.) A tendon or tendonous tissue. See
- noun rare Muscle; nerve.
- noun Fig.: That which supplies strength or power.
- transitive verb To knit together, or make strong with, or as with, sinews.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun anatomy A
cordor tendonof the body.
- noun obsolete A
- noun figuratively
Muscle; nerve; nervous energy; vigor; vigorous strength; muscular power.
- noun A
stringor chord, as of a musical instrument.
- noun figuratively That which gives
strengthor in which strength consists; a supporting member or factor; mainstay; sourceof acquiring strength(often plural).
- verb To
knit together, or make strong with, or as if with, sinews.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a cord or band of inelastic tissue connecting a muscle with its bony attachment
- noun possessing muscular strength
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
He preaches what he calls the sinew and bone of doctrine, and he is very stern in the pulpit.
Matching him sinew for sinew is Wes Studi as the bloodcurdlingly vengeful villain Magua, who vows to rip the heart out of an old adversary.
And strings them nested onto strands of sinew from a tule deer
Tough sinew is the result of hard muscular action.
The young day's strength is ours in sinew and thew and muscle,
By Great Britain and her Colonies continually sending a vast amount of their trade to our neighbours to the south, or to the rival nation of Germany in Europe, we are deflecting that much capital and muscle and sinew from the Empire to develop outside countries, and it must always be a material sacrifice to ourselves.
The word sinew, by the way, is exactly equal to our word nerve, and ayenward, as our author would say.
The sinew is carefully extracted; and where there are no persons skilled enough for that operation, they do not make use of the hind legs at all.
Probably a desperate hand-to-hand fight would have ensued, for Fergus McKay had much of the bone, muscle, and sinew, that is characteristic of his race, but a blow from an unseen weapon stunned him, and when his senses returned he found himself bound hand and foot lying in the bottom of a canoe.
I might slip, and get a sprain or break a sinew, or something, and I should like to know that there is a practitioner at hand to take care of my injury.