from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Graceful, sinuous, and sleek.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Lank; lean; flaccid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Prov. Eng. & U. S. Thin; lank.

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  • adjective furtive, stealthy or catlike
  • adjective UK, dialect, dated thin; lank
  • noun mathematics A three-dimensional curve — a spiral wound around a helix.


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  • A Slinky, or "Lazy-Spring," is a coil-shaped toy invented by mechanical engineer Richard James in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Slinkies come in various sizes. The shape is a simple helix, or coil design, of a ribbon of material, originally metal. The Slinky can "walk" down stairs as the coils stretch and reform as gravity moves them down each step.


    January 28, 2008

  • Can you guess me? A garment; not knitted, though, nor ornate,

    not slinky skin-tight silk nor stretched-transparent tulle...

    - Peter Reading, ?, from Tom O' Bedlam's Beauties, 1981

    June 29, 2008