Definitions for: Roundabout


[n] large mechanical apparatus with seats for children to ride on
[n] a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island; "the accident blocked all traffic at the rotary"
[adj] deviating from a straight course; "a scenic but devious route"; "a long and circuitous journey by train and boat"; "a roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic"
[adj] marked by obliqueness or indirection in speech or conduct; "the explanation was circuitous and puzzling"; "a roundabout paragraph"; "hear in a roundabout way that her ex-husband was marrying her best friend"



Webster (1913) Definition: Round"a*bout`, a.
1. Circuitous; going round; indirect; as, roundabout speech.

We have taken a terrible roundabout road. --Burke.

2. Encircling; enveloping; comprehensive. ``Large, sound,
roundabout sense.'' --Locke.


Round"a*bout`, n.
1. A horizontal wheel or frame, commonly with wooden horses,
etc., on which children ride; a merry-go-round. --Smart.

2. A dance performed in a circle. --Goldsmith.

3. A short, close jacket worn by boys, sailors, etc.

4. A state or scene of constant change, or of recurring labor
and vicissitude. --Cowper.

Synonyms: carousel, carrousel, circle, circuitous, devious, indirect, merry-go-round, rotary, traffic circle, whirligig

See Also: junction, ride, road, route

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