from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Indirect; circuitous: "This conclusion was reached in a roundabout but nevertheless perfectly reliable way” ( George Gamow).
- n. A short, close-fitting jacket.
- n. Chiefly British A merry-go-round.
- n. Chiefly British A traffic circle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Indirect, circuitous or circumlocutionary; that does not do something in a direct way.
- n. A road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island
- n. A children's play apparatus, often found in parks, which rotates around a central axis when pushed.
- n. A fairground carousel.
- n. A detour
- n. A short, close-fitting coat or jacket worn by men or boys, especially in the 19th century.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. in every direction around.
- prep. an emphatic form for round or about.
- adj. Circuitous; going round; indirect.
- adj. Encircling; enveloping; comprehensive.
- n. A large horizontal wheel or frame, commonly with wooden horses, etc., on which children ride; a merry-go-round; a carousel.
- n. A dance performed in a circle.
- n. A short, close jacket worn by boys, sailors, etc.
- n. A state or scene of constant change, or of recurring labor and vicissitude.
- n. a traffic circle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Circuitous; tortuous; indirect.
- Comprehensive; taking a wide range.
- Encircling; surrounding; encompassing.
- n. A large horizontal revolving frame, carrying small wooden horses and carriages, sometimes elephants, etc., on or in which children ride; a merry-go-round.
- n. A round dance.
- n. A scene of incessant revolution, change, or vicissitude.
- n. An arm-chair with rounded back and sides.
- n. A short coat or jacket for men and boys, without skirts, which fits the body closely. Also round jacket.
- n. A cyclonic storm.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. marked by obliqueness or indirection in speech or conduct
- n. a large, rotating machine with seats for children to ride or amusement
- n. a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island
- adj. deviating from a straight course
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