Adjective "serpentine" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ˈsəːp(ə)ntʌɪn/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Of or like a serpent or snake.
  1. '‘Fish like snake,’ she cautioned, waggling her hand in serpentine gesture and shaking her head discouragingly.'
  2. 'Inside the undulating serpentine shape of the snake body are shapes that resemble the decorative patterns often found on snakes to camouflage them.'
  3. 'He has four feet so he is not a serpent type, although his tail seems serpentine.'
  4. '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.'
  5. 'It was fascinating, as lanky and serpentine as a snake, but with humanoid characteristics.'
  6. 'When he beholds a Lamia, a mythic water snake whose body is partly female, partly serpentine, he considers her the solution to his aesthetic questions of light, geometry, color, and transparency.'
  7. 'The creature was sinuous and serpentine in appearance.'
  8. 'The plaques, many shaped like letters of the alphabet and engraved with serpentine figures, knives and guns in addition to names and dates of birth and death, can be found on utility posts around the city.'
  9. 'Further down the field one group were delayed putting on the old ninth because an infant snake was making its serpentine way across the green, oblivious to the drama unfolding elsewhere.'
  10. 'serpentine country lanes'
  11. 'Zig-zag roads and serpentine rivers criss-crossing different valleys of this far-flung district, make the landscape even more fascinating.'
  12. 'As one looks upward at the wall, one can find the serpentine road clinging to the mountain just like a snake with numerous whirls.'
  13. 'Clustered on hills - its houses like red-roofed barnacles - and divided by serpentine rivers, the city is a haven both for Bulgarians seeking to reclaim their past and expats seeking to escape theirs.'
  14. 'Over the past year their government has set about establishing that separation unilaterally by the construction of a serpentine course of fences, barriers, and walls.'
  15. 'Drivers would continue on the serpentine route until the road they actually need from Brighton Hill is the first left.'
  16. 'The center of old cities is the casbah (Arabic for fortress), a market of serpentine alleyways and intricate arches where a variety of traditional crafts are sold, from carpets to baskets to pottery.'
  17. 'This runs from the main road to the north through the forest to link with a series of serpentine paths that meander around the grave fields on the eastern flank of the site.'
  18. 'Arctic Village is an assembly of 40-odd spruce-log cabins that overlook the serpentine bends, oxbows, and channels of the East Fork.'
  19. 'You can meander along the serpentine paths that lead into the forests and soak in some wilderness.'
  20. 'Then the couple decided to throw some curves at the problem, in the form of a serpentine front deck that echoes curves in the home's landscaping.'
  21. 'Gladiator weds the heroic scope of movies like Ben-Hur, Spartacus, Braveheart, and Rob Roy with the serpentine political treachery of I, Claudius.'

noun

A dark green mineral consisting of hydrated magnesium silicate, sometimes mottled or spotted like a snake's skin.
  1. 'The intellectual and creative processes by which we improve infrastructural code are no less natural than the geological forces that turn granite into gneiss, limestone into marble and peridotite into serpentine.'
  2. 'It is underlain by schist, phyllite, and quartzite, although outcrops of serpentine are common in the area.'
  3. 'The themes are derived largely from African folklore and transformed into figurative, semiabstract, and minimalist works that use a variety of stone, including black serpentine.'
  4. 'This rare work of porphyry, limestone, serpentine and onyx is unique north of the Alps.'
  5. 'Neither had iron tools and instead used such hard stones as flint, jade, dolerite, basalt, and serpentine to make axes, knives, and chisels.'
  6. 'Methane is a product of this process, as is the mineral serpentine.'
  7. 'If you're into stone, there are items in verdite, black serpentine, leopard rock and butterjet, all from Zimbabwe.'
A winding lake in Hyde Park, London, constructed in 1730.
    A riding exercise consisting of a series of half-circles made alternately to right and left.
    1. '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.'
    A kind of cannon, used especially in the 15th and 16th centuries.

      verb

      Move or lie in a winding path or line.
      1. '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?'

      Definitions

      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. noun

      4. a device on a harquebus lock for holding the match.

      5. a cannon having any of various bore sizes, used from the 15th to the 17th century.

      6. Skating. a school figure made by skating two figure eights that share one loop. verb (used without object), serpentined, serpentining.

      7. to make or follow a winding course:

      More examples(as adjective)

      "charms can be serpentine for people."

      "queues can be serpentine."

      "courses can be serpentine."

      "galleries can be serpentine."

      "paths can be serpentine."

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      Origin

      (serpentine)Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin serpentinus (see serpent).