Coat vs Roundabout - What's the difference?

coat | roundabout |

As nouns the difference between coat and roundabout

is that coat is (lb) an outer garment covering the upper torso and arms while roundabout is (chiefly|uk|new zealand|and|australia) a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island.

As a verb coat

is to cover with a coat of some material.

As a adjective roundabout is

indirect, circuitous, or circumlocutionary.



Alternative forms

* (l) (obsolete)


  • (lb) An outer garment covering the upper torso and arms.
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  • *:It was April 22, 1831, and a young man was walking down Whitehall in the direction of Parliament Street. He wore shepherd's plaid trousers and the swallow-tail coat of the day, with a figured muslin cravat wound about his wide-spread collar.
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  • *:Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days.Frills, ruffles, flounces, lace, complicated seams and gores: not only did they sweep the ground and have to be held up in one hand elegantly as you walked along, but they had little capes or coats or feather boas.
  • (lb) A covering of material, such as paint.(w)
  • *(John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • *:Fruit of all kinds, in coat / Rough or smooth rined, or bearded husk, or shell.
  • (lb) The fur or feathers covering an animal's skin.
  • :
  • Canvas painted with thick tar and secured round a mast or bowsprit to prevent water running down the sides into the hold (now made of rubber or leather).
  • (lb) A petticoat.
  • *(John Locke) (1632-1705)
  • *:a child in coats
  • The habit or vesture of an order of men, indicating the order or office; cloth.
  • *(Jonathan Swift) (1667–1745)
  • *:Men of his coat should be minding their prayers.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:She was sought by spirits of richest coat .
  • A coat of arms.(w)
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:Hark, countrymen! either renew the fight, / Or tear the lions out of England's coat .
  • A coat card.
  • *(Philip Massinger) (1583-1640)
  • *:Here's a trick of discarded cards of us! We were ranked with coats as long as old master lived.
  • Derived terms

    * buffy coat * coat of arms * greatcoat * covert-coat * overcoat


    (en verb)
  • To cover with a coat of some material
  • One can buy coated frying pans, which are much easier to wash up than normal ones.
  • To cover as a coat.
  • Anagrams

    * * * * 1000 English basic words




    (en adjective)
  • Indirect, circuitous, or circumlocutionary.
  • * 1896 , , From Whose Bourne , ch. 9:
  • [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.
  • * 1921 , , Indiscretions of Archie , ch. 17:
  • "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 Dec. 3, , " Rather Reports Another War," New York Times (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 , Golgotha Press (ed.), 50 Classic Philosophy Books , ISBN 9781610425957, (Google preview):
  • 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.
  • Encircling; enveloping; comprehensive.
  • * 1706 , , Of the Conduct of the Understanding , item 3.3:
  • The third sort is of those who readily and sincerely follow reason, but for want of having that which one may call a large, sound, roundabout sense, have not a full view of all that relates to the question.

    Derived terms

    * roundaboutly


    (en noun)
  • (chiefly, UK, New Zealand, and, Australia) A road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island
  • (chiefly, British) A children's play apparatus, often found in parks, which rotates around a central axis when pushed.
  • A fairground carousel.
  • A detour
  • A short, close-fitting coat or jacket worn by men or boys, especially in the 19th century.
  • Derived terms

    * mini-roundabout


    * (road junction) traffic circle, rotary

    See also

    * swings and roundabouts