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 for roundabout
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Roundabout \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] --Smart.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
  
     2. A dance performed in a circle. --Goldsmith.
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     3. A short, close jacket worn by boys, sailors, etc.
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     4. A state or scene of constant change, or of recurring labor
        and vicissitude. --Cowper.
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     5. a traffic circle. [Chiefly British]
        [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Roundabout \Round"a*bout`\, a.
     1. Circuitous; going round; indirect; as, roundabout speech.
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              We have taken a terrible roundabout road. --Burke.
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     2. Encircling; enveloping; comprehensive. "Large, sound,
        roundabout sense." --Locke.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  roundabout
      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, roundabout]
      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,
         circuitous, roundabout]
      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,
           roundabout]
      2: a large, rotating machine with seats for children to ride or
         amusement [syn: carousel, carrousel, merry-go-round,
         roundabout, whirligig]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  181 Moby Thesaurus words for "roundabout":
     Byzantine, Ferris wheel, O-shaped, ambages, ambagious, ambient,
     anfractuous, apparent, backhanded, balled up, bypass, carousel,
     chubby, chute-the-chutes, chutes, circling, circuit, circuitous,
     circular, circumambages, circumambient, circumbendibus,
     circumferential, circumflex, circumfluent, circumfluous,
     circumjacent, circumlocution, circumlocutional, circumlocutory,
     collateral, complex, complicated, confounded, confused, convoluted,
     convolutional, cortical, crabbed, daedal, detour, deviating,
     deviation, deviative, devious, digression, digressive, discursive,
     disk, elaborate, embracing, embrangled, encircling, enclosing,
     encompassing, enfolding, entangled, enveloping, environing,
     epidermic, evasive, excursion, excursive, exomorphic, exterior,
     external, extrinsic, flexuose, flexuous, flying horses, fouled up,
     fringe, helical, implicated, indirect, intricate, involute,
     involuted, involutional, involved, jaunt, junket, knotted,
     labyrinthian, labyrinthine, long, loused up, many-faceted, matted,
     mazy, meandering, meandrous, merry-go-round, messed up, mixed up,
     mucked up, multifarious, neighboring, oblique, open, orbital, out,
     out-of-the-way, outer, outermost, outing, outlying, outmost,
     outside, outstanding, outward, outward-facing, peripheral,
     periphrase, periphrasis, periphrastic, perplexed, pleonasm, plump,
     podgy, public, pudgy, ramified, redundancy, rivose, rivulose,
     roller, roller coaster, rolling stone, roly-poly, rotary, rotator,
     rotor, round, round trip, roundabout way, ruffled, runaround,
     rundle, sally, screwed up, seeming, seesaw, serpentine, sinuate,
     sinuose, sinuous, snaky, snarled, spiral, subtle, suburban,
     superficial, surface, surrounding, swing, tangled, tangly,
     tautology, teeter-totter, top, torsional, tortile, tortuous,
     traffic circle, tubby, turning, twisted, twisting, twisty,
     verbality, wheel, whip, whirlabout, whirler, whirligig, whorled,
     winding, wrapping, wreathlike, wreathy
  
  

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