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
- adj. Circuitous; going round; indirect.
- adj. Encircling; enveloping; comprehensive.
- adv. in every direction around.
- 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.
- prep. an emphatic form for round or about.
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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"Any time I get a chance to visit Roundabout City, I try to make the most of it," said Howard McCullough, a state highway engineer who carries the title of roundabout specialist for New York.
There was a very well-known set of local rural toilets here, near a main roundabout but concealed by a miniature forest, wherin many a local reputation was besmirched down the years.
Another problem is that the word roundabout brings up for many people an image of an old "traffic circle" or, in the Northeast, a "rotary" intersection.
* A old Lysol advertisement, telling people (in roundabout terms) how it was great as a douche.
Austen is pervading my life in roundabout ways, and while it’s nice to watch a movie without the work part of my brain peering at the cars to see what sort of dash kits might be installed, I feel like I’d be much better served by reading her actual work.
I hope she won’t be too surprised when the roundabout is built off North Avenue down the road ….
The raised roundabout, which is close to the ICC centre where the Conservative party is due to start its conference on Sunday, stands at the junction of several routes into the centre of Birmingham.
It is now brightly painted by 2 adorable kids and the boat is sitting in the middle of our so called roundabout driveway.
The problem, as I see it, is that the roundabout is the right idea but it is executed poorly.
We saw pictures a moment ago of a roundabout, which is Firdos Square, where the statue of Saddam Hussein was pulled down on live TV in April of 2003.