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 corolla.
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The badger made his dark and tortuous hole on the side of every hill where the copsewood grew thick.
Macaulay.
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2. Fig.: Deviating from rectitude; indirect; erroneous; deceitful.
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That course became somewhat lesstortuous, when the battle of the Boyne had cowed the spirit of the Jakobites.
Macaulay.
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3. Injurious: tortious. [Obs.]
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4. (Astrol.) Oblique; -- applied to the six signs of the zodiac (from Capricorn to Gemini) which ascend most rapidly and obliquely. [Obs.] Skeat.
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Infortunate ascendent tortuous.
Chaucer.
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--Tor"tu*ous*ly, adv. -- Tor"tu*ous*ness, n.
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