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Definitions of circuitous

  1. Circuitousness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. marked by obliqueness or indirection in speech or conduct; "the explanation was circuitous and puzzling"; "a roundabout paragraph"; "hear in a roundabout way that her ex-husband was marrying her best friend" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. deviating from a straight course; "a scenic but devious route"; "a long and circuitous journey by train and boat"; "a roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Going in a circuit; not direct. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. Of or like a circuit; indirect; round about. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. Going round in a circle; not straight or direct. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for circuitous

  1. Such a course of action not only makes progress circuitous and slow, but also ends by entirely destroying the tempers of both oarsmen. – Rowing by Rudolf Chambers Lehmann
  2. To reach it we had to make a circuitous line, under the foot of the farthest east hill, where, it will be remembered, we had been attacked during dinner- time. – Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration Australia Twice Traversed. The Romance Of Exploration, Being A Narrative Compiled From The Journals Of Five Exploring Expeditions Into And Through Central South Australia, And Western Australia, From 1 by Ernest Giles
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