Definition of tortuous in English:

tortuous

adjective

  • 1Full of twists and turns.

    ‘the route is remote and tortuous’
    • ‘The splenic vein is not invested in a common sheath with the artery - it is retropancreatic and never tortuous.’
    • ‘These veins are tortuous and bulky, making it virtually impossible to identify the spinal arteries.’
    • ‘It is perhaps all the more dangerous, more labyrinthine, and more tortuous for this reason.’
    • ‘The campaign is a long, sometimes tortuous period of time and these qualities help everyone not just survive, but thrive.’
    • ‘The nanofiller also creates a tortuous path for the penetration of gaseous vapors and liquids into the polymer.’
    • ‘But that proved only the beginning of a long and tortuous road full of false starts and broken promises.’
    • ‘Babies born at 25 weeks and less are at high risk of death, a long, tortuous journey through life, and disability.’
    • ‘It allows us to insert tortuous vessels where flexibility is very important.’
    • ‘A barium enema showed a narrowed, tortuous sigmoid colon with multiple diverticuli and thickening of the bowel wall.’
    • ‘Several tortuous hypertrophic nerve bundles were also embedded in the fibrous tissue.’
    • ‘The vessels appear enlarged and tortuous, especially the venous capillaries.’
    • ‘He was as tortuous and convoluted as a monkey puzzle tree.’
    • ‘Long, heavily calcified stenoses in tortuous vessels or at bifurcations and chronic total occlusions are less suitable.’
    • ‘Varicose veins are tortuous, twisted, or lengthened veins.’
    • ‘They all appear enlarged and have a tortuous course, especially the capillary veins.’
    • ‘The common carotid artery sometimes follows a very tortuous course, forming one or more distinct loops in the neck.’
    • ‘The Ryder Cup trail has often been tortuous, twisting and downright tedious, but the rewards to the Scottish economy are expected to be enormous.’
    • ‘Neither fascicles of smooth muscle cells nor thick-walled tortuous blood vessels were present.’
    • ‘An aneurysm expands laterally with systole while a tortuous aorta does not.’
    • ‘Eventually, after a particularly tortuous twist, the path opened out and they came to the Cave of the Prophet.’
    twisting, winding, curving, curvy, bending, sinuous, undulating, coiling, looping, meandering, serpentine, snaking, snaky, zigzag, convoluted, spiralling, twisty, circuitous, rambling, wandering, indirect, deviating, devious, labyrinthine, mazy
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    1. 1.1Excessively lengthy and complex.
      ‘a tortuous argument’
      • ‘So it's a very complicated, very complex and tortuous process that we're going through legally here.’
      • ‘In fact, the argument here is not so tortuous as many to be found amongst the post-modernists.’
      • ‘Instead, Brown has treated us to a tortuous, Jesuitical argument so self-contradictory it merits its own reprimand.’
      • ‘The latest meander in this tortuous saga was the concern raised that when the road is finally in place that people would have to pay a toll to use it.’
      • ‘The route to publication was long and occasionally tortuous, with considerable argument with editors and peer reviewers.’
      • ‘The classification of tropical karst is highly complex, with a tortuous terminology derived from several languages.’
      • ‘We had countless tortuous internal meetings to prioritize and slog through the full set of 500 items.’
      • ‘We have been following a sometimes tortuous path through a maze of arguments and definitions.’
      • ‘Its rulers could not have been that lethargic, or its diplomacy so tortuous, for it to have survived for such a long period.’
      • ‘Paine was careful to contrast the tortuous twists of theology with the pure clarity of deism.’
      • ‘His style, too, is often tortuous and gnomic, and it can be almost impossible to see what he actually means, as the endless discussions of his analysis of the causes of the war show.’
      • ‘But where does the inquiry go from here after the tortuous and lengthy taking of the evidence?’
      • ‘Yes, I know that it's still hard to know what exactly Bertie says or what he means or what the sum of his winding sentences and tortuous paragraphs amount to.’
      • ‘I think long sentences, tortuous sentences, sentences which are unnecessarily full of abstractions.’
      • ‘Instead of destroying their sculptures, managers have to hand their work over to a different group to complete - a tortuous experience.’
      • ‘Your writings over the past few years have been enormously important as a source of orientation through the tortuous twists and turns of imperialist strategy.’
      • ‘They thus engage in a tortuous argument to show that it really wasn't about what the protesters said it was.’
      • ‘Then, after tortuous negotiations, the sale fell through.’
      • ‘The second Presidential Address is similar, though to a modern eye the arguments are even more tortuous.’
      • ‘The plot complications are tortuous, their resolutions unsatisfying and the characters thin.’

Usage

On the difference between tortuous and torturous, see torturous

Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin tortuosus, from tortus twisting, a twist from Latin torquere to twist.

Pronunciation:

tortuous

/ˈtôrCH(o͞o)əs/