What does the word tendril mean?

Usage examples for tendril

  1. As it was now above the inverted table, the table did not rise, but a tendril, of sleep- gas, curling toward it, bent upward and drifted away from the doorway. – Last Enemy by Henry Beam Piper
  2. All the hoarded strength of leaf and tendril was caught up by the current, and swept blindly onward to its fruitful destiny. – Master of the Vineyard by Myrtle Reed