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Pronunciation:  'rawnd u`bawt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  large mechanical apparatus with seats for children to ride on
  2. [n]  a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island; "the accident blocked all traffic at the rotary"
  3. [adj]  deviating from a straight course; "a scenic but devious route"; "a long and circuitous journey by train and boat"; "a roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic"
  4. [adj]  marked by obliqueness or indirection in speech or conduct; "the explanation was circuitous and puzzling"; "a roundabout paragraph"; "hear in a roundabout way that her ex-husband was marrying her best friend"

ROUNDABOUT is a 10 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: carousel, carrousel, circle, circuitous, devious, indirect, merry-go-round, rotary, traffic circle, whirligig
 See Also: junction, ride, road, route



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Round"a*bout`\, a.
    1. Circuitous; going round; indirect; as, roundabout speech.
             We have taken a terrible roundabout road. --Burke.
    2. Encircling; enveloping; comprehensive. ``Large, sound,
       roundabout sense.'' --Locke.
  2. \Round"a*bout`\, n.
    1. A horizontal wheel or frame, commonly with wooden horses,
       etc., on which children ride; a merry-go-round. --Smart.
    2. A dance performed in a circle. --Goldsmith.
    3. A short, close jacket worn by boys, sailors, etc.
    4. A state or scene of constant change, or of recurring labor
       and vicissitude. --Cowper.