roundabout

See also: round about

EnglishEdit

 
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Columbus Roundabout in New York City.

EtymologyEdit

round +‎ about

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɹaʊndəˌbaʊt/
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AdjectiveEdit

roundabout (comparative more roundabout, superlative most roundabout)

  1. Indirect, circuitous, or circumlocutionary.
    • 1896, Robert Barr, “chapter9”, in From Whose Bourne:
      [S]he fled, running like a deer, doubling and turning through alleys and back streets until by a very roundabout road she reached her own room.
    • 1920 March – 1921 February, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter 17, in Indiscretions of Archie, New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, publishers [], published 1921, OCLC 10689802:
      "Really, Bill, I think your best plan would be to go straight to father and tell him the whole thing.—You don't want him to hear about it in a roundabout way."
    • 2001 Decemeber 3, Jim Rutenberg, “Rather Reports Another War”, in New York Times[1], retrieved 3 April 2014:
      Mr. Rather flew to the area in a roundabout fashion, first landing in Bahrain, from there flying to Islamabad and then heading to Kabul by land.
    • 2011, 50 Classic Philosophy Books[2], Golgotha Press, →ISBN:
      Descartes is compelled to fall back upon a curious roundabout argument to prove that there is a world. He must first prove that God exists, and then argue that God would not deceive us into thinking that it exists when it does not.
  2. Encircling; enveloping; comprehensive.

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NounEdit

roundabout (plural roundabouts)

  1. (chiefly UK, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, Australia and sometimes US) A road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island.
  2. (chiefly Britain) A horizontal wheel which rotates around a central axis when pushed and on which children ride, often found in parks as a children's play apparatus.
  3. A fairground carousel.
  4. A detour.
  5. A short, close-fitting coat or jacket worn by men or boys, especially in the 19th century.
  6. (archaic) A round dance.

Usage notesEdit

  • In North America, the use of roundabout varies by region. In some places traffic circle and rotary are more common.

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roundabout (third-person singular simple present roundabouts, present participle roundabouting, simple past and past participle roundabouted)

  1. To play on a roundabout (carousel)
  2. To travel round roundabouts
  3. To talk in a roundabout, indirect manner