serpentine

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj serpentine resembling a serpent in form "a serpentine wall","snaky ridges in the sand"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Serpentine (Ordnance) A kind of ancient cannon.
    • Serpentine (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.
    • a Serpentine 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 ."
    • v. i Serpentine To serpentize.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • serpentine Of or pertaining to or resembling a serpent.
    • serpentine Especially.
    • serpentine Having or resembling the qualities or instincts ascribed to serpents; subtle; cunning; treacherous or dangerous.
    • serpentine Moving like a serpent; winding about; writhing; wriggling; meandering; coiling; crooked; bent; tortuous; sinuous; zigzag; anfractuous; specifically, in the manège, lolling out and moving over the bit, as a horse's tongue.
    • serpentine Beginning and ending with the same word, as a line of poetry, as if returning upon itself. See serpentine verse.
    • n serpentine In French usage, part of the lock of an early form of harquebus; a match-holder, resembling a pair of nippers, which could be brought down upon the powder in the pan.
    • n serpentine A cannon in use in the sixteenth century. The serpentine proper is described as having a bore of 1½ inches, and the cannon serpentine as having a bore of 7 inches and a shot of 53½ pounds. Compare organ-gun.
    • n serpentine A kind of still; a serpentary.
    • n serpentine A hydrous silicate of magnesium, occurring massive, sometimes fine, granular, and compact, again finely fibrous, less often slaty. It is usually green in color, but of many different shades, also red, brown, or gray, sometimes with spots resembling a serpent's skin. There are numerous varieties, differing in structure and color. The most important of these are—precious or noble serpentine, under which term are comprised the more or less translucent serpentines, having a rich oil-green color; foliated varieties, including marmolite and antigorite; fibrous varieties, as chrysotile (sometimes called serpentine asbestos) and metaxite. Other minerals more or less closely allied to or identical with serpentine are picrolite, williamsite, bowenite, retinalite, baltimorite, vorhauserite, hydrophite, jenkinsite, villarsite, etc. Serpentine occurs widely distributed and in abundance, forming rock-masses, many of which were formerly regarded as being of eruptive origin, but which are now generally conceded to have been formed by the metamorphism of various rocks and minerals; indeed, it has not been proved that serpentine has ever been formed in any other way than this. The peridotites appear to have been peculiarly liable to this kind of alteration, or serpentinization, as it is called. Massive serpentine has been extensively used for both interior and exterior architectural and decorative purposes, but in only a few localities is a material quarried which stands outdoor exposure without soon losing its polish, and eventually becoming disintegrated. The serpentinous rock commonly called verd-antique, and known to lithologists as ophicalcite, is a very beautiful decorative material, and has been extensively employed for ornament in various parts of the world. See verd-antique.
    • serpentine To wind like a serpent; move sinuously like a snake; meander; wriggle.
    • n serpentine In mathematics: The surface generated by a sphere whose center travels along a helix.
    • n serpentine A special curve of the third order.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Serpentine resembling a serpent: winding, tortuous: spiral: crooked
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. (for sense 1) F. serpentine, (for sense 2serpentin,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. serpens, -entis, pr.p. of serpĕre, to creep; akin to Gr. herpein.

Usage

In literature:

Of a sudden I was enveloped by one of its serpentine arms.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
A glen winds down to the sea, displacing the crags to get an outlet, and disclosing their beautiful serpentine veins.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
It was a maze of serpentine streets beyond his power to remember and recall.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
At one corner, where the crowd was thick, we saw a big man being wound to a pole by paper serpentines.
"The Million-Dollar Suitcase" by Alice MacGowan
Suppose we go for a row on the Serpentine, Quinny?
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
The zigzag line, the coil, the spiral, the circle and the straight line, are all geometrical radicals of various serpentine forms.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
The pulpit is of Caen stone, having a cross within a circle on the front panel, and one serpentine column.
"A History of Horncastle from the earliest period to the present time" by James Conway Walter
Under the ice on the Serpentine.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
On the serpentine windings of the path as it goes up the hill the sun always lies warm.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
Time and again those serpentine shapes winged down, silent and unwarning.
"One Purple Hope!" by Henry Hasse
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In poetry:

I struck: the serpentine slow blood
In four arms soaked the moss--
Before me, by the living Christ,
The blood ran in a cross.
"The Wood-Cutter" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
And, as ye walk along the Serpentine Walk,
With each other ye can have a social talk,
And ye will hear the birds singing away,
Which will make your hearts feel light and gay.
"The Village of Tayport and Its Surroundings" by William Topaz McGonagall
There visitors can be shaded from the sun in the summer time,
While walking along the secluded Serpentine,
By the spreading branches of the big trees,
Or from the undergrowth ivy, if they please.
"The Village of Tayport and Its Surroundings" by William Topaz McGonagall
The Serpentine Walk is a secluded spot in Scotscraig wood,
And to be walking there 'twould do one's heart good.
There the lovers can enjoy themselves in its shady bowers
By telling tales of love to wile away the tedious hours.
"The Village of Tayport and Its Surroundings" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Mischa Barton wore a maxi dress to the Serpentine Gallery's annual Pavilion Party at Kensington Gardens last night in London.
Growing up in New York, she was inspired by "Snake Hips" Tucker, studying his serpentine moves and practicing them constantly with friends.
Knifemaker Tim Britton's Serpentine Whittler.
Truss-style construction simplified the framing of this serpentine roofline.
Six months ago I threw the serpentine belt.
Class takes serpentine path to inner peace.
Ai Weiwei's latest artistic endeavor was presented Thursday on the lawn of the Serpentine Gallery in London -- 5,000 miles away from the city Ai can't leave.
Serpentine Gallery's 2011 Pavilion by Peter Zumthor.
Hyde Park's Serpentine to host 10K swim.
London Olympic organizers will unveil another course for the 2012 Games this weekend with the test event for a 10-kilometer marathon swim in Hyde Park's Serpentine .
Serpentine bending in production.
Stroker Serpentine , Second Life's Porn Mogul, Speaks.
Vintage Air Front Runner Serpentine System.
We get Supercharged with ProCharger's Trick LSx Serpentine Drive Kit.
Stroker Serpentine, Second Life's Porn Mogul, Speaks.
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In science:

Thus, there are two independent long registers, which are serpentine through the chip.
Single Event Effects in the Pixel readout chip for BTeV
The serpentine path depicts the track of a model low- ˙m magnetic system with field strength varying from 0 − 200 MG, as marked and discussed in §8.
New Low Accretion-Rate Magnetic Binary Systems and their Significance for the Evolution of Cataclysmic Variables
Beard JS, Hopkinson L (2000) A fossil, serpentinization-related hydrothermal vent, Ocean Drilling Program Leg 173, Site 1068 (Iberia Abyssal Plain): Some aspects of mineral and fluid chemistry. J.
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
Dyment J, Arkani-Hamed J, Ghods A (1997) Contribution of serpentinized ultramafics to marine magnetic anomalies at slow and intermediate spreading centres: insights from the shape of the anomalies.
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
Corresponding exponents for water river networks are γW = 1.8 ± 0.1 and τW = 1.43 ± 0.02 which means that the information rivers are in general longer, of more serpentine shape, and tend to have larger and wider drainage areas than real river networks.
Time walkers and spatial dynamics of ageing information
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