Meaning of serpentine


Pronunciation: (sûr'pun-tēn", -tīn"), [key]
— adj., n., v., -tined, -tin•ing.
  1. of, characteristic of, or resembling a serpent, as in form or movement.
  2. having a winding course, as a road; sinuous.
  3. shrewd, wily, or cunning.
  1. a device on a harquebus lock for holding the match.
  2. a cannon having any of various bore sizes, used from the 15th to the 17th century.
  3. a school figure made by skating two figure eights that share one loop.
  1. to make or follow a winding course: The stream serpentines through the valley.


Pronunciation: (sûr'pun-tēn", -tīn"), [key]
— n.
  1. a common mineral, hydrous magnesium silicate, HMgSiO, usually oily green and sometimes spotted, occurring in many varieties: used for architectural and decorative purposes.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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