1) N-COUNT A roundabout is a circular structure in the road at a place where several roads meet. You drive round it until you come to the road that you want. [BRIT]
(in AM, use traffic circle)
2) N-COUNT A roundabout at a fair is a large, circular mechanical device with seats, often in the shape of animals or cars, on which children sit and go round and round. [BRIT]
(in AM, use , carousel)
3) N-COUNT A roundabout in a park or school play area is a circular platform that children sit or stand on. People push the platform to make it spin round. [BRIT]
(in AM, use merry-go-round)
4) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If you go somewhere by a roundabout route, you do not go there by the shortest and quickest route.

He left today on a roundabout route for Jordan and is also due soon in Egypt.

5) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If you do or say something in a roundabout way, you do not do or say it in a simple, clear, and direct way.

We made a bit of a fuss in a roundabout way.

...using indirect or roundabout language in place of a precise noun.

6) round aboutsee round
swings and roundaboutssee swing

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