from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having or marked by repeated turns or bends; winding or twisting: a tortuous road through the mountains.
- adj. Not straightforward; circuitous; devious: a tortuous plot; tortuous reasoning.
- adj. Highly involved; complex: tortuous legal procedures.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Twisted; having many turns; convoluted.
- adj. injurious; tortious
- adj. oblique; applied to the six signs of the zodiac (from Capricorn to Gemini) that ascend most rapidly and obliquely
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Bent in different directions; wreathed; twisted; winding.
- adj. Fig.: Deviating from rectitude; indirect; erroneous; deceitful.
- adj. Injurious: tortious.
- adj. Oblique; -- applied to the six signs of the zodiac (from Capricorn to Gemini) which ascend most rapidly and obliquely.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Full of twists or turns; winding; hence, crooked; zigzag.
- Oblique: applied in astrology to the six zodiacal signs which ascend most rapidly and obliquely.
- Figuratively, circuitous; devious; irregular; crooked: especially in a moral sense.
- Synonyms Sinuous, serpentine, curvilinear, circuitous, indirect, roundabout.
- An obsolete variant of tortious.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. marked by repeated turns and bends
- adj. not straightforward
- adj. highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin tortuōsus, from tortus, a twisting, from past participle of torquēre, to twist(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin tortuosus, from tortus ("a twisting, winding"). (Wiktionary)