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tortuous

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Tortuous \Tor"tu*ous\, adjective [OE. tortuos, L. tortuosus, fr. tortus a twisting, winding, fr. torquere, tortum, to twist: cf. F. tortueux. See {Torture}.]

1. Bent in different directions; wreathed; twisted; winding; as, a tortuous train; a tortuous leaf or corolla.

The badger made his dark and tortuous hole on the side of every hill where the copsewood grew thick. --Macaulay.

2. Fig.: Deviating from rectitude; indirect; erroneous; deceitful.

That course became somewhat lesstortuous, when the battle of the Boyne had cowed the spirit of the Jakobites. --Macaulay.

3. Injurious: tortious. [Obs.]

4. (Astrol.) Oblique; -- applied to the six signs of the zodiac (from Capricorn to Gemini) which ascend most rapidly and obliquely. [Obs.] --Skeat.

Infortunate ascendent tortuous. --Chaucer. --{Tor"tu*ous*ly}, adverb -- {Tor"tu*ous*ness}, noun

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

tortuous

adjective

1: highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious; "the Byzantine tax structure"; "Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship"; "convoluted legal language"; "convoluted reasoning"; "the plot was too involved"; "a knotty problem"; "got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering"; "Oh, what a tangled web we weave"- Sir Walter Scott; "tortuous legal procedures"; "tortuous negotiations lasting for months" [syn: {Byzantine}, {convoluted}, {involved}, {knotty}, {tangled}, {tortuous}]

2: marked by repeated turns and bends; "a tortuous road up the mountain"; "winding roads are full of surprises"; "had to steer the car down a twisty track" [syn: {tortuous}, {twisting}, {twisty}, {winding}, {voluminous}]

3: not straightforward; "his tortuous reasoning"

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