- 1Of or like a serpent or snake: serpentine coilsMore example sentences
- I retaliated by coiling my serpentine body around its neck and trying to constrict it to death.
- However, dodge he did, and he was most thankful afterwards that he had for, instead of an arm and a hand, the monk had a thick, serpentine body with fat snake's head where the hand should be.
- Inside the undulating serpentine shape of the snake body are shapes that resemble the decorative patterns often found on snakes to camouflage them.
- 1.1Winding and twisting like a snake: serpentine country lanesMore example sentences
- The Indian cricketers won their first Test on Pakistani soil, and this old town, with its maze of serpentine lanes and pocket-sized shops, had been witness to cricketing history.
- Zig-zag roads and serpentine rivers criss-crossing different valleys of this far-flung district, make the landscape even more fascinating.
- Banana trees hang out over the long and winding road and traffic rips around serpentine curves at speeds more appropriate to medical emergencies than the transportation of fruit.
- 1.2Complex, cunning, or treacherous: his charm was too subtle and serpentine for meMore example sentences
- Gladiator weds the heroic scope of movies like Ben-Hur, Spartacus, Braveheart, and Rob Roy with the serpentine political treachery of I, Claudius.
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- 1 [mass noun] A dark green mineral consisting of hydrated magnesium silicate, sometimes mottled or spotted like a snake’s skin.More example sentences
- The metamorphic mineral serpentine - or magnesium silicate hydroxide - is composed of magnesium, silicon and oxygen and is plentiful.
- Also mixed in the melange are sandy limestone and serpentine, as well as sediments that eroded off a precursor of our present Sierra Nevada Range.
- This is consistent with low-porosity sedimentary serpentine.
- 3A riding exercise consisting of a series of half-circles made alternately to right and left: for young horses, suppleness and control were built with serpentinesMore example sentences
- Extended canter down the long side was the compensation to the horse after a three-loop serpentine at the canter with no change of rein.
- Try and work on his balance and collection by riding full circles, half circles (to each side), figure eights and serpentines.
- 4 • historical A kind of cannon, used especially in the 15th and 16th centuries.More example sentences
- By 1500 triggers had been developed, which remotely operated the serpentine and thus removed the gunner's hand from the area of the touch-hole.
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- Move or lie in a winding path or line: fresh tyre tracks serpentined back towards the hopperMore example sentences
- That's all fine and good, but to a group of yahoos serpentining around a grassy knoll taking pots shots at each other, it maybe seems like too much, you know?
- It is an easy drive on two lane roads that serpentine through the Laurel Mountains.
late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin serpentinus (see serpent).