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  • 1 Tortuous — Tor tu*ous, a. [OE. tortuos, L. tortuosus, fr. tortus a twisting, winding, fr. torquere, tortum, to twist: cf. F. tortueux. See {Torture}.] 1. Bent in different directions; wreathed; twisted; winding; as, a tortuous train; a tortuous leaf or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 tortuous — tortuous, torturous Both words are derived from Latin torquēre meaning ‘to twist’, but their literal meanings are different. The (less common) word torturous is a derivative of the English word torture, whereas tortuous has no such intermediary… …

    Modern English usage

  • 3 tortuous, torturous —    Tortuous means winding and circuitous ( The road wound tortuously through the mountains ). When used figuratively it usually suggests crookedness or deviousness ( a tortuous tax evasion scheme ). The word is thus better avoided if all you mean …

    Dictionary of troublesome word

  • 4 tortuous, torturous —    Tortuous means winding and circuitous ( The road wound tortuously through the mountains ). When used figuratively it usually suggests crookedness or deviousness ( a tortuous tax evasion scheme ). The word is thus better avoided if all you mean …

    Dictionary of troublesome word

  • 5 tortuous, torturous — Tortuous means winding, crooked. Torturous means full of, or causing, torture (pain). The path of the stream is tortuous. The surgeon began a torturous examination of the patient s neck. Noting that torturous has two r s will help one to… …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 6 tortuous — (adj.) late 14c., from Anglo Fr. tortuous (12c.), from L. tortuosus full of twists, winding, from tortus a twisting, winding, from stem of torquere to twist, wring, distort (see THWART (Cf. thwart)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 tortuous — [adj1] very twisted anfractuous, bent, circuitous, convoluted, crooked, curved, flexuous, indirect, involute, labyrinthine, mazy, meandering, meandrous, roundabout, serpentine, sinuous, snaky, twisting, vermiculate, winding, zigzag; concept 581… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 tortuous / torturous —    Tortuous means winding, crooked, with many twists and turns : Wiley Driver was very adept at driving the tortuous mountain roads of western North Carolina.    Torturous means very painful, like torture : Mick Stupp found doing math homework… …

    Confused words

  • 9 tortuous / torturous —    Tortuous means winding, crooked, with many twists and turns : Wiley Driver was very adept at driving the tortuous mountain roads of western North Carolina.    Torturous means very painful, like torture : Mick Stupp found doing math homework… …

    Confused words

  • 10 tortuous — I (bending) adjective anfractuous, circuitous, complicated, conniving, contorted, convoluted, curved, curvilinear, indirect, involved, irregular, labyrinthine, mazy, meandering, roundabout, serpentine, sinuate, sinuated, sinuous, snakelike,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 11 tortuous — *winding, sinuous, serpentine, flexuous Analogous words: *crooked, devious: roundabout, circuitous, *indirect …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 12 tortuous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) full of twists and turns. 2) excessively lengthy and complex. DERIVATIVES tortuosity noun tortuously adverb tortuousness noun. ORIGIN Latin tortuosus, from torquere to twist …

    English terms dictionary

  • 13 tortuous — [tôr′cho͞o əs] adj. [ME < Anglo Fr < L tortuosus < tortus: see TORT] 1. full of twists, turns, curves, or windings; winding; crooked 2. not straightforward; devious; specif., deceitful or tricky tortuously adv. tortuousness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 14 tortuous — [[t]tɔ͟ː(r)tʃuəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A tortuous road is full of bends and twists. The only road access is a tortuous mountain route. Syn: winding 2) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A tortuous process or piece of writing is very long and… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 tortuous — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French tortueux, from Latin tortuosus, from tortus twist, from torquēre to twist Date: 15th century 1. marked by repeated twists, bends, or turns ; winding < a tortuous path > 2. a. marked by… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 tortuous — tor|tu|ous [ˈto:tʃuəs US ˈto:r ] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: tortueux, from Latin tortuosus, from tortus; TORTURE1] 1.) a tortuous path, stream, road etc has a lot of bends in it and is therefore difficult to travel along ▪ a… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 tortuous — [ tɔ:tʃʊəs, jʊəs] adjective 1》 full of twists and turns. 2》 excessively lengthy and complex. Derivatives tortuosity noun (plural tortuosities). tortuously adverb tortuousness noun …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 tortuous — adjective 1 a tortuous path, stream, road etc has a lot of bends in it and is therefore difficult to travel along: a tortuous path over the mountains to Kandahar 2 complicated and long and therefore confusing: The book begins with a long,… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 tortuous — tortuously, adv. tortuousness, n. /tawr chooh euhs/, adj. 1. full of twists, turns, or bends; twisting, winding, or crooked: a tortuous path. 2. not direct or straightforward, as in procedure or speech; intricate; circuitous: tortuous… …

    Universalium

  • 20 tortuous — tor|tu|ous [ tɔrtʃuəs ] adjective 1. ) twisting and turning around many bends: a tortuous route 2. ) extremely complicated: a tortuous process ╾ tor|tu|ous|ly adverb ╾ tor|tu|ous|ness noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English