sinuate sinuous wavy
curved curved adj. 1. not straight; having or marked by curves. Opposite of {straight}.

Note: [Narrower terms: {arced, arched, arching, arciform, arcuate, bowed}; {falcate, sickle-shaped}; {flexuous}; {incurvate, incurved}: {recurved, recurvate}; {semicircular}: {serpentine, snaky}: {sinuate, sinuous, wavy}: {sinusoidal}]

Syn: curving. [WordNet 1.5]

2. (Botany) curved with the micropyle near the base almost touching its stalk; -- of a plant ovule. Opposite of {orthotropous}.

Syn: campylotropous. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Sinuate — Sin u*ate, a. [L. sinuatus, p. p. of sinuare to wind, bend, fr. sinus a bend.] Having the margin alternately curved inward and outward; having rounded lobes separated by rounded sinuses; sinuous; wavy. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sinuate — [sin′yo͞o it, sin′yo͞oāt΄; ] for v [., sin′yo͞oāt΄] adj. [L sinuatus, pp. of sinuare, to bend < sinus, a bend] 1. SINUOUS 2. Bot. having an indented, wavy margin, as some leaves vi. sinuated, sinuating to bend or wind in and out; be sinuous or …   English World dictionary

  • sinuous — [sin′yo͞o əs] adj. [L sinuosus < sinus, a bend] 1. bending, winding, or curving in and out; wavy; serpentine 2. not straightforward; devious; crooked 3. SINUATE (adj. 2) sinuously adv …   English World dictionary

  • sinuate — 1. verb To advance in wavy or curvy manner, to bend, to curve, to wind in and out A road that sinuates through the valley. 2. adjective a) Sinuous …   Wiktionary

  • 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… …   Universalium

  • sinuous — Synonyms and related words: ambagious, anfractuous, bent, billowing, billowy, circuitous, circumlocutory, convoluted, convolutional, curvaceous, curvate, curvated, curve, curved, curvesome, curviform, curvilineal, curvilinear, curving, curvy,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • sinuate — [ sɪnjʊət] adjective Botany & Zoology having a wavy or sinuous margin; with alternate rounded notches and lobes. Origin C17: from L. sinuatus, past participle of sinuare to bend …   English new terms dictionary

  • sinuate — sin•u•ate adj. [[t]ˈsɪn yu ɪt, ˌeɪt[/t]] adj. 1) winding; sinuous 2) bot Bot. having the margin strongly or distinctly wavy, as a leaf • Etymology: 1680–90; < L sinuātus, ptp. of sinuāre to bend, curve …   From formal English to slang

  • sinuate — /ˈsɪnjuət/ (say sinyoohuht), / eɪt/ (say ayt) adjective 1. bent in and out; winding; sinuous. 2. Botany having the margin strongly or distinctly wavy, as a leaf. Also, sinuated. {Latin sinuātus, past participle, bent, wound} –sinuately, adverb …   Australian English dictionary

  • arced arched arching arciform arcuate bowed — curved curved adj. 1. not straight; having or marked by curves. Opposite of {straight}. Note: [Narrower terms: {arced, arched, arching, arciform, arcuate, bowed}; {falcate, sickle shaped}; {flexuous}; {incurvate, incurved}: {recurved, recurvate}; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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