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Definition 1: a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where roundabout or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the accident blocked all traffic at the rotary

Synonyms for roundabout in the sense of this definition

(roundabout is a kind of ...) the place where two or more things come together

(... is part of roundabout) an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation

Definition 2: a large, rotating machine with seats for children to ride or amusement - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for roundabout in the sense of this definition

(roundabout is a kind of ...) a mechanical device that you ride for amusement or excitement

Definition 3: deviating from a straight course - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where roundabout or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a scenic but devious route
  • a long and circuitous journey by train and boat
  • a roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic

Synonyms for roundabout in the sense of this definition

(roundabout is similar to ...) not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination

"sometimes taking an indirect path saves time" "you must take an indirect course in sailing"

Definition 4: marked by obliqueness or indirection in speech or conduct - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where roundabout or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the explanation was circuitous and puzzling
  • a roundabout paragraph
  • hear in a roundabout way that her ex-husband was marrying her best friend

Synonyms for roundabout in the sense of this definition

(roundabout is similar to ...) extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action

"making indirect but legitimate inquiries" "an indirect insult" "doubtless they had some indirect purpose in mind" "though his methods are indirect they are not dishonest" "known as a shady indirect fellow"

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