Usage examples for circuitous

  1. Such a course of action not only makes progress circuitous and slow, but also ends by entirely destroying the tempers of both oarsmen. – Rowing by Rudolf Chambers Lehmann
  2. To reach it we had to make a circuitous line, under the foot of the farthest east hill, where, it will be remembered, we had been attacked during dinner- time. – Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration Australia Twice Traversed. The Romance Of Exploration, Being A Narrative Compiled From The Journals Of Five Exploring Expeditions Into And Through Central South Australia, And Western Australia, From 1 by Ernest Giles
  3. They did not know that as soon as the convict was given in charge of the tipstaff of the court he was led away by Inspector Denning, along a carefully planned and circuitous route that entirely baffled the curiosity of the waiting crowd. – Faces and Places by Henry William Lucy
  4. For her own part, she was sure she never looked whether the girl was pretty or not; and the anxious aunt had just come round again, by a very circuitous and perplexing course, to her original sentiment, and strengthened herself in the thought that her dear Frank could not mean anything, when she reached Elsworthy's door. – The Perpetual Curate by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  5. Her mother went away before Mrs. Donovan departed, and Rose was touched by guessing her reason- the thought that since even this circuitous personage had been moved to come, the two might, if left together, invent some remedy. – The-Chaperon by James, Henry
  6. The lateness of the hour compelled her to take a circuitous route to London. – Lover or Friend by Rosa Nouchette Carey
  7. They had entered into a contract with the United States Government which was to pay $ 25, 000 for a machine which would carry two men one hour in a circuitous course and perform a cross- country flight of ten miles at the rate of forty miles an hour. – Story of the Aeroplane by C. B. Galbreath
  8. Henry led the horse round by a circuitous way back to the path. – Rollo in Switzerland by Jacob Abbott
  9. The combatants are hastily stripped of their duel dress, their own garments thrown on, the fighting apparatus thrown into some place of concealment, and all fly out by windows and doors, and plunge into the woods, where they return by a circuitous route to the city. – The Student-Life of Germany by William Howitt
  10. Stanley might, indeed, drag his canoe up the bank, if so disposed, and reach home by a circuitous walk through the woods; but by doing so he would lose much time, and be under the necessity of carrying his gun, blanket, tin kettle, and the goose, on his back. – Ungava by R.M. Ballantyne
  11. The route for supplies was circuitous, inadequate, and insecure, over mountain roads that had become horrible. – Ulysses S. Grant by Walter Allen
  12. In one of the three men who accompanied them they recognized the peasant who had spoken to the muleteer when he refused to accept their first offer, and they had no doubt that he had arranged with the man to lead them to a certain spot, to which he had proceeded direct, while their guide had conducted them by a circuitous route. – Jack Archer by G. A. Henty
  13. A little way from Hindoo Rao's house the road branches off; that to the left is straight, while that to the right is circuitous. – Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official by William Sleeman
  14. This end, the caste system, like most other religious institutions, did not and does not have directly in view; but the human race often takes circuitous routes to attain its ends, and while apparently aiming at one object, is in reality securing another. – Crime and Its Causes by William Douglas Morrison
  15. By the time the broadcloth trousers traveled the circuitous route of the old man's legs everything came out even. – The Comings of Cousin Ann by Emma Speed Sampson
  16. They will probably leave this in a week, but their route will be circuitous and attended with delays. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  17. It is impossible, however, for a stranger in the Garden of Plants to be sure of going any considerable distance in any one direction, for the walks are meandering and circuitous beyond description. – Rollo in Paris by Jacob Abbott
  18. I got down in the Place Maubert, and walked by a circuitous way to my hotel. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  19. In spite of the circuitous way they had come, they arrived at the same time as the men of Plassans. – The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola
  20. That the Stadholder was ambitious of greater power, he hardly doubted, but that he was seeking to acquire it by such corrupt and circuitous means, he did not dream. – The Life of John of Barneveld, 1618 by John Lothrop Motley