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Serpentine definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SER'PENTINE, a. [L. serpentinus, from serpens.]
1. Resembling a serpent; usually, winding and turing one way and the other, like a moving serpent; anfractuous; as a serpentine road or course.
2. Spiral; twisted; as a serpentine worm of a still.
3. Like a serpent; having the color or properties of a serpent.
Serpentine tongue, in the manege. A horse is said to have a serpentine tongue, when he is constantly moving it, and sometimes passing it over the bit.
Serpentine verse, a verse which begins and ends with the same word.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: resembling a serpent in form; "a serpentine wall"; "snaky ridges in the sand" [syn: serpentine, snaky, snakelike]

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French serpentin, from Late Latin serpentinus, from Latin serpent-, serpens Date: 15th century 1. of or resembling a serpent (as in form or movement) 2. subtly wily or tempting 3. a. winding or turning one way and another <a serpentine road> b. having a compound curve whose central curve is convex serpentinely adverb II. noun Date: 1519 something that winds sinuously III. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French serpentin, Medieval Latin serpentina, serpentinum, from Late Latin, feminine & neuter of serpentinus resembling a serpent Date: 15th century a mineral or rock consisting essentially of a hydrous magnesium silicate usually having a dull green color and often a mottled appearance

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj., n., & v. --adj. 1 of or like a serpent. 2 coiling, tortuous, sinuous, meandering, writhing (the serpentine windings of the stream). 3 cunning, subtle, treacherous. --n. 1 a soft rock mainly of hydrated magnesium silicate, usu. dark green and sometimes mottled or spotted like a serpent's skin, taking a high polish and used as a decorative material. 2 Skating a figure of three circles in a line. --v.intr. move sinuously, meander. Phrases and idioms: serpentine verse a metrical line beginning and ending with the same word. Etymology: ME f. OF serpentin f. LL serpentinus (as SERPENT)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Serpentine Ser"pen*tine, v. i. To serpentize. [R.] --Lyttleton.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Serpentine Ser"pen*tine, a. [L. serpentinus: cf. F. serpentin.] Resembling a serpent; having the shape or qualities of a serpent; subtle; winding or turning one way and the other, like a moving serpent; anfractuous; meandering; sinuous; zigzag; as, serpentine braid. Thy shape Like his, and color serpentine. --Milton.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Serpentine Ser"pen*tine, n. [Cf. (for sense 1) F. serpentine, (for sense 2) serpentin.] 1. (Min.) A mineral or rock consisting chiefly of the hydrous silicate of magnesia. It is usually of an obscure green color, often with a spotted or mottled appearance resembling a serpent's skin. Precious, or noble, serpentine is translucent and of a rich oil-green color. Note: Serpentine has been largely produced by the alteration of other minerals, especially of chrysolite. 2. (Ordnance) A kind of ancient cannon.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Something that is serpentine is curving and winding in shape, like a snake when it moves. (LITERARY) ...serpentine woodland pathways. = winding ADJ

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. a. Winding, meandering, crooked, anfractuous, spiral, tortuous, undulating, sinuous, twisted. II. n. Ophite, green porphyry.

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