sinuate


sinuate
sinuately, adv.
adj. /sin"yooh it, -ayt'/, v. /sin"yooh ayt'/, adj., v., sinuated, sinuating.
adj. Also, sinuated.
1. bent in and out; winding; sinuous.
2. Bot. having the margin strongly or distinctly wavy, as a leaf.
v.i.
3. to curve or wind in and out; creep in a winding path: a snake sinuating along the ground.
[1680-90; < L sinuatus ptp. of sinuare to bend, curve. See SINUS, -ATE1]

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