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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 round·about /ˈraʊndəˌbaʊt/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.”

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Round·a·bout, n.
 1. A large horizontal wheel or frame, commonly with wooden horses, etc., on which children ride; a merry-go-round; a carousel. [British]
 2. A dance performed in a circle.
 3. A short, close jacket worn by boys, sailors, etc.
 4. A state or scene of constant change, or of recurring labor and vicissitude.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: 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" [syn: circuitous]
      2: 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" [syn: devious,
      n 1: a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a
           central island; "the accident blocked all traffic at the
           rotary" [syn: traffic circle, circle, rotary]
      2: large mechanical apparatus with seats for children to ride
         on [syn: carousel, carrousel, merry-go-round, whirligig]