1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A tortuous road is full of bends and twists.

The only road access is a tortuous mountain route.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A tortuous process or piece of writing is very long and complicated.

...these long and tortuous negotiations aimed at ending the conflict...

The parties must now go through the tortuous process of picking their candidates.


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  • Tortuous — Tor tu*ous, a. [OE. tortuos, L. tortuosus, fr. tortus a twisting, winding, fr. torquere, tortum, to twist: cf. F. tortueux. See {Torture}.] 1. Bent in different directions; wreathed; twisted; winding; as, a tortuous train; a tortuous leaf or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tortuous — tortuous, torturous Both words are derived from Latin torquēre meaning ‘to twist’, but their literal meanings are different. The (less common) word torturous is a derivative of the English word torture, whereas tortuous has no such intermediary… …   Modern English usage

  • tortuous — (adj.) late 14c., from Anglo Fr. tortuous (12c.), from L. tortuosus full of twists, winding, from tortus a twisting, winding, from stem of torquere to twist, wring, distort (see THWART (Cf. thwart)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • tortuous — [adj1] very twisted anfractuous, bent, circuitous, convoluted, crooked, curved, flexuous, indirect, involute, labyrinthine, mazy, meandering, meandrous, roundabout, serpentine, sinuous, snaky, twisting, vermiculate, winding, zigzag; concept 581… …   New thesaurus

  • tortuous — I (bending) adjective anfractuous, circuitous, complicated, conniving, contorted, convoluted, curved, curvilinear, indirect, involved, irregular, labyrinthine, mazy, meandering, roundabout, serpentine, sinuate, sinuated, sinuous, snakelike,… …   Law dictionary

  • tortuous — *winding, sinuous, serpentine, flexuous Analogous words: *crooked, devious: roundabout, circuitous, *indirect …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • tortuous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) full of twists and turns. 2) excessively lengthy and complex. DERIVATIVES tortuosity noun tortuously adverb tortuousness noun. ORIGIN Latin tortuosus, from torquere to twist …   English terms dictionary

  • tortuous — [tôr′cho͞o əs] adj. [ME < Anglo Fr < L tortuosus < tortus: see TORT] 1. full of twists, turns, curves, or windings; winding; crooked 2. not straightforward; devious; specif., deceitful or tricky tortuously adv. tortuousness n …   English World dictionary

  • tortuous — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French tortueux, from Latin tortuosus, from tortus twist, from torquēre to twist Date: 15th century 1. marked by repeated twists, bends, or turns ; winding < a tortuous path > 2. a. marked by… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tortuous — tor|tu|ous [ˈto:tʃuəs US ˈto:r ] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: tortueux, from Latin tortuosus, from tortus; TORTURE1] 1.) a tortuous path, stream, road etc has a lot of bends in it and is therefore difficult to travel along ▪ a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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