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NOUN (2)

1. a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island;
- Example: "the accident blocked all traffic at the rotary"
[syn: traffic circle, circle, rotary, roundabout]

2. a large, rotating machine with seats for children to ride or amusement;
[syn: carousel, carrousel, merry-go-round, roundabout, whirligig]


1. marked by obliqueness or indirection in speech or conduct;
- Example: "the explanation was circuitous and puzzling"
- Example: "a roundabout paragraph"
- Example: "hear in a roundabout way that her ex-husband was marrying her best friend"
[syn: circuitous, roundabout]

2. deviating from a straight course;
- Example: "a scenic but devious route"
- Example: "a long and circuitous journey by train and boat"
- Example: "a roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic"
[syn: devious, circuitous, roundabout]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 short, close jacket worn by boys, sailors, etc. [1913 Webster] 4. A state or scene of constant change, or of recurring labor and vicissitude. --Cowper. [1913 Webster] 5. a traffic circle. [Chiefly British] [PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

181 Moby Thesaurus words for "roundabout": Byzantine, Ferris wheel, O-shaped, ambages, ambagious, ambient, anfractuous, apparent, backhanded, balled up, bypass, carousel, chubby, chute-the-chutes, chutes, circling, circuit, circuitous, circular, circumambages, circumambient, circumbendibus, circumferential, circumflex, circumfluent, circumfluous, circumjacent, circumlocution, circumlocutional, circumlocutory, collateral, complex, complicated, confounded, confused, convoluted, convolutional, cortical, crabbed, daedal, detour, deviating, deviation, deviative, devious, digression, digressive, discursive, disk, elaborate, embracing, embrangled, encircling, enclosing, encompassing, enfolding, entangled, enveloping, environing, epidermic, evasive, excursion, excursive, exomorphic, exterior, external, extrinsic, flexuose, flexuous, flying horses, fouled up, fringe, helical, implicated, indirect, intricate, involute, involuted, involutional, involved, jaunt, junket, knotted, labyrinthian, labyrinthine, long, loused up, many-faceted, matted, mazy, meandering, meandrous, merry-go-round, messed up, mixed up, mucked up, multifarious, neighboring, oblique, open, orbital, out, out-of-the-way, outer, outermost, outing, outlying, outmost, outside, outstanding, outward, outward-facing, peripheral, periphrase, periphrasis, periphrastic, perplexed, pleonasm, plump, podgy, public, pudgy, ramified, redundancy, rivose, rivulose, roller, roller coaster, rolling stone, roly-poly, rotary, rotator, rotor, round, round trip, roundabout way, ruffled, runaround, rundle, sally, screwed up, seeming, seesaw, serpentine, sinuate, sinuose, sinuous, snaky, snarled, spiral, subtle, suburban, superficial, surface, surrounding, swing, tangled, tangly, tautology, teeter-totter, top, torsional, tortile, tortuous, traffic circle, tubby, turning, twisted, twisting, twisty, verbality, wheel, whip, whirlabout, whirler, whirligig, whorled, winding, wrapping, wreathlike, wreathy