Definitions for: Sinew

[n] muscular strength
[n] a cord or band of inelastic tissue connecting a muscle with its bony attachment

Webster (1913) Definition: Sin"ew, n. [OE. sinewe, senewe, AS. sinu, seonu; akin to
D. zenuw, OHG. senawa, G. sehne, Icel. sin, Sw. sena, Dan.
sene; cf. Skr. sn[=a]va. [root]290.]
1. (Anat.) A tendon or tendonous tissue. See Tendon.

2. Muscle; nerve. [R.] --Sir J. Davies.

3. Fig.: That which supplies strength or power.

The portion and sinew of her fortune, her marriage
dowry. --Shak.

The bodies of men, munition, and money, may justly
be called the sinews of war. --Sir W.

Note: Money alone is often called the sinews of war.

Sin"ew, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sinewed; p. pr. & vb. n.
To knit together, or make strong with, or as with, sinews.

Wretches, now stuck up for long tortures . . . might,
if properly treated, serve to sinew the state in time
of danger. --Goldsmith.

Synonyms: brawn, muscle, tendon

See Also: Achilles tendon, collagen, connective tissue, hamstring, hamstring tendon, muscle system, muscular structure, musculature, strength, tendon of Achilles

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