Definition of sinew noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsɪnjuː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪnjuː//
    Body parts, Internal anatomy
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  1. 1 [countable, uncountable] a strong band of tissue in the body that joins a muscle to a bone See related entries: Body parts, Internal anatomy
  2. 2[usually plural] (literary) a source of strength or power the sinews of economic life
  3. Word OriginOld English sin(e)we ‘tendon’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zeen and German Sehne.Idioms
    strain every nerve/sinew (to do something)
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    (formal) to try as hard as you can to do something He strained every nerve to snatch victory from defeat.
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