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Definitions of tortuous

  1. Tortuousness. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2. Tortuously. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. Bent in different directions; wreathed; twisted; winding; as, a tortuous train; a tortuous train; a tortuous leaf or corolla. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Fig.: Deviating from rectitude; indirect; erroneous; deceitful. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Oblique; - applied to the six signs of the zodiac (from Capricorn to Gemini) which ascend most rapidly and obliquely. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Crooked; twisted; winding; as, a tortuous path; underhand; indirect; deceitful; as, a tortuous business policy. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Twisted, winding: (fig.) deceitful. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Winding; crooked; deceitful. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. Twisted; wreathed; winding; crooked; not straightforward. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. Twisted; winding; having many crooks and turns; crooked; deceitful. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for tortuous

  1. Deane was sitting in the little bow window, looking down with apparent interest into the narrow, tortuous street. – The Golden Web by Anthony Partridge
  2. The Sturt has a tortuous course, somewhat to the northward of west, and falls into the gulf at Glenelg, after spreading over the flats behind the sand- hills at that place. – Expedition into Central Australia by Charles Sturt
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