Roundabout

  • 1 Roundabout — Round a*bout , a. 1. Circuitous; going round; indirect; as, roundabout speech. [1913 Webster] We have taken a terrible roundabout road. Burke. [1913 Webster] 2. Encircling; enveloping; comprehensive. Large, sound, roundabout sense. Locke. [1913… …

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  • 2 roundabout — [roun′də bout΄] adj. 1. not straight or straightforward; indirect; circuitous [roundabout answers] 2. encircling; enclosing; surrounding n. 1. something that is indirect or circuitous ☆ 2. a short, tight jacket or coat formerly worn by men and… …

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  • 3 Roundabout — Round a*bout , n. 1. A large horizontal wheel or frame, commonly with wooden horses, etc., on which children ride; a merry go round; a carousel. [British] Smart. [1913 Webster +PJC] 2. A dance performed in a circle. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] 3. A …

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  • 4 roundabout — index circuitous, devious, discursive (digressive), indirect, labyrinthine, oblique (evasive) …

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  • 5 roundabout — (adv.) by a circuitous route, 1870, from ROUND (Cf. round) (adv.) + ABOUT (Cf. about). Noun sense of traffic circle is attested from 1927 …

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  • 6 roundabout — *indirect, circuitous Analogous words: sinuous, *winding, tortuous, flexuous …

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  • 7 roundabout — [adj] indirect ambiguous, circuitous, circular, circumlocutory, collateral, deviating, devious, discursive, evasive, meandering, oblique, obliquitous, periphrastic, taking the long way*, tortuous; concepts 559,581,584 Ant. direct, honest,… …

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  • 8 roundabout — ► NOUN Brit. 1) a road junction at which traffic moves in one direction round a central island to reach one of the roads converging on it. 2) a large revolving device in a playground, for children to ride on. 3) a merry go round. ► ADJECTIVE ▪… …

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  • 9 Roundabout — This article is about the road junction. For other uses, see Roundabout (disambiguation). Movement within a roundabout in a country where traffic drives on the right. Note the anticlockwise circulation …

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  • 10 roundabout — round|a|bout1 [ˈraundəbaut] n BrE 1.) a raised circular area where three or more roads join together and which cars must drive around American Equivalent: traffic circle ▪ Turn left at the first roundabout. →↑mini roundabout 2.) a round structure …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 roundabout — [[t]ra͟ʊndəbaʊt[/t]] roundabouts 1) N COUNT A roundabout is a circular structure in the road at a place where several roads meet. You drive round it until you come to the road that you want. [BRIT] Syn: island (in AM, use traffic circle) 2) N… …

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  • 12 Roundabout — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Sommaire 1 Toponyme 1.1  Canada 1.1.1 …

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  • 13 roundabout — I UK [ˈraʊndəˌbaʊt] / US noun [countable] Word forms roundabout : singular roundabout plural roundabouts British * 1) a circular area where three or more roads meet that you have to drive around in one direction in order to get onto another road …

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  • 14 roundabout — round|a|bout1 [ raundə,baut ] adjective usually before noun not direct, simple, or short: a roundabout route He always says things in a roundabout way. roundabout round|a|bout 2 [ raundə,baut ] noun count BRITISH 1. ) a TRAFFIC CIRCLE or ROTARY 2 …

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  • 15 roundabout — /ˈraʊndəbaʊt / (say rownduhbowt) noun 1. → merry go round (def. 1). 2. a. a road junction at which the flow of traffic is facilitated by moving in one direction only round a circular arrangement. b. the circular structure in the middle of an… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 roundabout — n. to ride a roundabout (BE; CE has merry go round) * * * [ raʊndəbaʊt] to ride a roundabout (BE;CE has merry go round) …

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  • 17 roundabout — 1 noun (C) BrE 1 a raised circular area which cars drive around, used where three or more roads join; traffic circle AmE 2 round structure which children sit on while people push it around and around; merry­go­round AmE 3 a merry­go­round (1) see …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 roundabout — adjective 1) a roundabout route Syn: circuitous, indirect, meandering, serpentine, tortuous Ant: direct, straight 2) I asked in a roundabout sort of way Syn: indirect …

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  • 19 roundabout — adjective 1) a roundabout route Syn: circuitous, indirect, meandering, serpentine, tortuous 2) I asked in a roundabout sort of way Syn: indirect, oblique, circuitous, circumlocutory • …

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  • 20 roundabout — [ˈraʊndəˌbaʊt] noun [C] British I 1) a circular area where three or more roads meet 2) a circular structure in a PLAYGROUND that children sit on while someone pushes it round • See: swing II II adj roundabout [ˈraʊndəˌbaʊt] not direct, simple, or …

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