Definición de roundabout en inglés

roundabout

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nombre

  • 1Britanico A road junction at which traffic moves in one direction around a central island to reach one of the roads converging on it; a traffic circle.

    • ‘turn right at the next roundabout’
    rotary, traffic circle
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  • 2Britanico A large revolving device in a playground, for children to ride on; a merry-go-round.

    1. 2.1Britanico A revolving machine with model horses or cars on which people ride for amusement; a merry-go-round.
      ‘Drinkers can gaze into distorting mirrors, try out the dodgems or roundabouts or have their fortunes read.’
      • ‘The rule has been applied to water, fire, gas, electricity, chemicals, explosions, fumes, flag-poles, and fairground roundabouts.’
      merry-go-round, carousel
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  • 3 historical A close-fitting, waist-length jacket worn by men and boys.

Pronunciación

roundabout

/ˈroundəˌbout/ /ˈraʊndəˌbaʊt/

adjetivo

  • 1Not following a short direct route; circuitous.

    ‘we need to take a roundabout route to throw off any pursuit’
    • ‘She shook her head angrily but followed a roundabout route to Raban's shop.’
    • ‘My chief of staff selected this roundabout route to throw the news media off our trail.’
    • ‘Congestion may also be heavier on some routes into town, particularly on more direct roads, than on other routes, such as roundabout routes through neighborhood and city streets.’
    • ‘Anna checked out the window again just to make sure that they weren't taking some really roundabout route to the school.’
    • ‘There was still a small chance they might be discovered - very small since they were taking a very roundabout route - but there was still that chance.’
    • ‘As it was another pleasant, starlit evening, her hair hung loose to dry in the ocean-scented breeze and she took a roundabout route to the amphitheater.’
    • ‘I guess I took a roundabout route to it unconsciously.’
    • ‘Well, that must be why we took the roundabout route tonight.’
    • ‘She entered the lingerie shop, idly browsing and refusing assistance from a saleswoman, taking a roundabout route towards the target.’
    • ‘I had watched from the Citadel as the procession made its way on a roundabout route through the streets of Mainport.’
    • ‘I trudged down a roundabout route to the hut, my head down, a desperate desire to cry in my eyes.’
    • ‘Taking the roundabout route means the train can stop at a dozen additional railway stations in Hubei Province.’
    • ‘Letters from relatives on the Continent became a rarity; those that did reach British shores had usually travelled a roundabout route via neutral nations.’
    • ‘She was having such fun, so much that she all but forgot that Terel was following her on her roundabout joyride against the wind.’
    • ‘She decided not to take the route through the village but to walk the roundabout way along the forest's edge in order to not having to see the horror any more.’
    • ‘Where are the two of you taking me in some sort of roundabout way?’
    • ‘Sara made for it in a roundabout way to give them a little time to prepare for her, trying to seem as non-threatening as possible.’
    • ‘I leave in the direction of the toilets but instead start making the roundabout way to Jeremy's room.’
    • ‘She shook her head angrily but followed a roundabout route to Raban's shop.’
    circuitous, indirect, meandering, winding, serpentine, tortuous
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    1. 1.1Not saying what is meant clearly and directly; circumlocutory.
      ‘in a roundabout way, he was fishing for information’
      • ‘He does not explicate this roundabout reference to circumcision.’
      • ‘Wendy spent the next few minutes explaining what went on over the weekend in roundabout and, shall we say, not totally accurate terms.’
      • ‘It's clear that he is locked in his own world now, from his careful - and almost always roundabout - way of answering questions to the faint, humbled tone with which he speaks.’
      • ‘This is his extremely roundabout way of saying that he wasn't waiting for some kind of rock revival to make his comeback; if anything, he's reacting against it.’
      • ‘An imaginative translator must explore ways, even if roundabout, to recreate the effect of the original in the language into which it is translated.’
      • ‘In a roundabout way we come back to the problem I had with it.’
      • ‘They'd never actually done any of the sorts of things suggested in the letter, although she had brought the subject up, in a roundabout way.’
      • ‘This is only a roundabout way of saying that the score for the film sounded like elevator muzak.’
      • ‘However, privileged access to positive externalities is merely a roundabout way of saying that opportunities are unequal.’
      • ‘That's what I've been trying to get to in my roundabout way.’
      • ‘A casual roundabout answer came from the balding man.’
      • ‘It was a roundabout apology but I took what I could.’
      • ‘It slowly dawned on me that this was what he was trying to determine, in his roundabout way: whether I liked the boy-leader or not.’
      • ‘Anyway, this is just a roundabout way of saying that, while I'm personally delighted to be here, I also appreciate the larger gesture that the invitation represents.’
      • ‘Li smiled, acknowledging that his roundabout dialogue had been recognised, unwound and interpreted.’
      • ‘In a roundabout way, I did answer his question with a ‘no.’’
      • ‘In fact, James's essay on habit may be read as a roundabout critique of late nineteenth-century aestheticism, a movement closely related to a modernism of heightened sensory experience.’
      • ‘Rather than just saying this directly, Thai people tend to go the roundabout route.’
      • ‘This essay will suggests in roundabout ways, that this could be as difficult for ‘them’ as for ‘us’.’
      • ‘That famous voice is never more honeyed than when it's saying - in a courteous, roundabout way - ‘No.’’
      indirect, oblique, circuitous, circumlocutory, periphrastic
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Pronunciación

roundabout

/ˈroundəˌbout/ /ˈraʊndəˌbaʊt/