- Having curves in alternate directions; meandering.
- We followed every bend of the sinuous river.
- 1862, Robert Mallet, Great Neapolitan Earthquake of 1857: The First Principles of Observational Seismology as Developed in the Report to the Royal Society of London of the Expedition Made by Command of the Society into the Interior of the Kingdom of Naples, to Investigate the Circumstances of the Great Earthquake of December 1857. [...] In Two Volumes, volume II, London: Chapman & Hall, page 276:
- [W]hen a transverse, or, within certain limits, an oblique impulse, impinges laterally upon a continuous mountain range, two movements of vibration are communicated; the one, a wave transmitted along and in the line of the axis, the other a transverse wave, which causes the axial line to sway laterally, and transmit a quam prox. horizontal transverse wave, along from one end to the other; like the sinuous movement which travels along a long rope when, hanging suspended between two points at the same level, it is jerked suddenly at one end, transversely to its length.
- Moving gracefully and in a supple manner.
- We were entranced by her sinuous dance.
- 1912, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World:
- Once a dark, clumsy tapir stared at us from a gap in the bushes, and then lumbered away through the forest; once, too, the yellow, sinuous form of a great puma whisked amid the brushwood, and its green, baleful eyes glared hatred at us over its tawny shoulder.
- (figuratively) Morally crooked; shifty.
- 2000, Christopher Hitchens, No One Left to Lie to: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton:
- On 16 December 1999, Lanny Davis, one of the President's more sinuous apologists, was asked on an MSNBC chat show to address the issue and replied that Ms. Broaddrick had been adjudged unreliable by the FBI.
having curves in alternate directions; meandering