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 for sinew
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sinew \Sin"ew\, n. [OE. sinewe, senewe, AS. sinu, seonu; akin to
     D. zenuw, OHG. senawa, G. sehne, Icel. sin, Sw. sena, Dan.
     sene; cf. Skr. sn[=a]va. [root]290.]
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     1. (Anat.) A tendon or tendonous tissue. See Tendon.
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     2. Muscle; nerve. [R.] --Sir J. Davies.
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     3. Fig.: That which supplies strength or power.
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              The portion and sinew of her fortune, her marriage
              dowry.                                --Shak.
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              The bodies of men, munition, and money, may justly
              be called the sinews of war.          --Sir W.
                                                    Raleigh.
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     Note: Money alone is often called the sinews of war.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sinew \Sin"ew\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sinewed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Sinewing.]
     To knit together, or make strong with, or as with, sinews.
     --Shak.
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           Wretches, now stuck up for long tortures . . . might,
           if properly treated, serve to sinew the state in time
           of danger.                               --Goldsmith.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  sinew
      n 1: a cord or band of inelastic tissue connecting a muscle with
           its bony attachment [syn: tendon, sinew]
      2: possessing muscular strength [syn: brawn, brawniness,
         muscle, muscularity, sinew, heftiness]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  103 Moby Thesaurus words for "sinew":
     amperage, arm, armipotence, authority, backbone, beef, beefiness,
     bite, bitingness, black power, brawn, brawniness, brute force,
     charge, charisma, clout, cogence, cogency, compulsion, cuttingness,
     dint, drive, duress, effect, effectiveness, effectuality,
     elasticity, energy, flower power, force, force majeure,
     forcefulness, full blast, full force, guts, heftiness, huskiness,
     impressiveness, incisiveness, influence, involuntary muscle,
     ligament, main force, main strength, mana, might, might and main,
     mightiness, mordancy, moxie, muscle, muscle power, muscularity,
     musculature, nervosity, nervousness, physique, pillar, pizzazz,
     poignancy, poop, potence, potency, potentiality, power, power pack,
     power structure, power struggle, powerfulness, prepotency,
     productiveness, productivity, puissance, pull, punch, push,
     sinewiness, sinews, stamina, steam, strength, strong arm,
     strong language, superiority, superpower, tendon, thew, thewiness,
     thews, tone, trenchancy, validity, vehemence, vigor, vigorousness,
     vim, virility, virtue, virulence, vitality, voluntary muscle,
     wattage, weight
  
  

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