Indirect, circuitous, or circumlocutionary.
* 1896 , , From Whose Bourne , ch. 9:
* 1921 , , Indiscretions of Archie , ch. 17:
- [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.
* 2001 Dec. 3, , "
- "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."
Rather Reports Another War," New York Times (retrieved 3 April 2014):
* 2011 , Golgotha Press (ed.), 50 Classic Philosophy Books , ISBN 9781610425957,
- 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.
Encircling; enveloping; comprehensive.
* 1706 , , Of the Conduct of the Understanding , item 3.3:
- 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.
- 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.
(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 short, close-fitting coat or jacket worn by men or boys, especially in the 19th century.
* (road junction) traffic circle, rotary
* swings and roundabouts
a line or path that proceeds by sharp turns in alternating directions
one of such sharp turns
Moving in, or having a zigzag.
- between two spears of rock, directly in line with his position, showed a zigzag crack that at night would let through the gleam of sky.
To move or to twist in a zigzag manner.
- At the base this vent was dark, cool, and smelled of dry, musty dust. It zigzagged so that he could not see ahead more than a few yards at a time.
in a zigzag manner or pattern