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Meaning of sinew

sin•ew

Pronunciation: (sin'y), [key]
— n.
  1. a tendon.
  2. Often,the source of strength, power, or vigor: the sinews of the nation.
  3. strength; power; resilience: a man of great moral sinew.
—v.t.
  1. to furnish with sinews; strengthen, as by sinews.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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