Sentences Containing 'circuitous'
'It had a strange, circuitous style to it,' Watson writes, 'which seemed as if it was always starting off to tell you something, but then veering off on some fascinating detour, so that you forgot where you were going in the first place.
Extinct forms are seldom directly intermediate between existing forms; but are intermediate only by a long and circuitous course through other extinct and different forms.
For the common progenitor of a whole family, now broken up by extinction into distinct groups and subgroups, will have transmitted some of its characters, modified in various ways and degrees, to all the species; and they will consequently be related to each other by circuitous lines of affinity of various lengths (as may be seen in the diagram so often referred to), mounting up through many predecessors.
Francis took the most circuitous, scenic, high, difficult route north and while returning south took the more expedient route on the way down.
From 1895, the GWR set about a programme of constructing new lines to shorten a number of circuitous routes.
In this case its affinities to the other fourteen new species will be of a curious and circuitous nature.
On these same principles we see how it is that the mutual affinities of the forms within each class are so complex and circuitous.
Ships docked alongside the ramparts of the city and passed through a circuitous channel, (the Old Channel) through the Étang de Repausset to the sea at Grau Louis (La Grande Motte).
The 296 and 396 head west along the Eastern Avenue as far as Gants Hill before turning south, and the 169 is a less circuitous route.
The Great Western Railway (GWR) absorbed the B in 1876, and when towards the end of the nineteenth century the GWR wanted to shorten its circuitous route to the West of England, part of the Yeovil line was incorporated into the new line.
Yet he who objected to consider as intermediate the extinct genera, which thus link together the living genera of three families, would be partly justified, for they are intermediate, not directly, but only by a long and circuitous course through many widely different forms.
More Vocab Words::: protean - able to take on many forms; versatile; CF. Proteus: sea god to change his shape at will
::: prevaricate - lie; hide the truth (by equivocating)
::: circuit - closed circular line around an area; circumference; regularly repeated journey from place to place
::: contrive - invent or fabricate in a clever way (by improvisation); manage; Ex. contrive to attract his attention
::: disperse - scatter; Ex. disperse the cloud/crowd
::: sequester - isolate; segregate; seclude; retire from public life
::: clangor - loud resounding noise; sound of repeated clanging
::: quixotic - idealistic but impractical; CF. Don Quixote
::: asymmetric - not identical on both sides of a dividing central line
::: bate - let down; lessen the force of; moderate; restrain; Ex. with bated breath; CF. abate