Sentences Containing 'circuitous'
In this case its affinities to the other fourteen new species will be of a curious and circuitous nature.
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.
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.
On these same principles we see how it is that the mutual affinities of the forms within each class are so complex and circuitous.
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.
From 1895, the GWR set about a programme of constructing new lines to shorten a number of circuitous routes.
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.
'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.
Francis took the most circuitous, scenic, high, difficult route north and while returning south took the more expedient route on the way down.
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usurp - seize another's power or rank (without legal authority); supplant; appropriate; N. usurpation; CF. take for one's own use
poise - good judgment with composure; balance; V: place in a carefully balanced position
quench - assuage or satisfy (thrust); slake; douse or extinguish; put out; suppress
aloof - apart; not open in one's relationship with other people; reserved; ADV.
victuals - food; provisions; V. victual: provide with food
daub - smear (as with paint); cover with something sticky; Ex. daub one's clothes with mud/paint; N: small bit of sticky substance; Ex. a daub of paint
nautical - pertaining to ships or navigation
avert - prevent; avoid; turn away (eyes or thought); Ex. An accident was averted by his quick thinking; Ex. She averted her eyes from the terrible sight.
nadir - lowest point; point on the celestial sphere diametrically opposite the zenith