Tortuous

Definition of Tortuous

Tor´tu`ous
a.1.Bent in different directions; wreathed; twisted; winding; as, a tortuous train; a tortuous leaf or corolla.
The badger made his dark and tortuous hole on the side of every hill where the copsewood grew thick.
- Macaulay.
2.Fig.: Deviating from rectitude; indirect; erroneous; deceitful.
That course became somewhat lesstortuous, when the battle of the Boyne had cowed the spirit of the Jakobites.
- Macaulay.
3.Injurious: tortious.
4.(Astrol.) Oblique; - applied to the six signs of the zodiac (from Capricorn to Gemini) which ascend most rapidly and obliquely.
Infortunate ascendent tortuous.
- Chaucer.

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