A roundabout is an intersection that uses a circular junction instead of stoplights or stop signs to manage traffic flow. Instead of every car stopping, they enter the roundabout slowly, and traffic moves almost continuously.

In the UK, an amusement park ride that moves in a circle, like a carousel, is also a roundabout, but in North America this noun almost always means what's sometimes called a "traffic circle" or a "rotary." As an adjective, roundabout describes things that aren't straightforward, but are indirect or unclear: "After his roundabout confession, I'm not even sure he realizes what he did wrong."

Definitions of roundabout
  1. noun
    a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island
    synonyms: circle, rotary, traffic circle
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    type of:
    the place where two or more things come together
  2. adjective
    deviating from a straight course
    “a roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic”
    synonyms: circuitous, devious
    not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination
  3. adjective
    marked by obliqueness or indirection in speech or conduct
    “a roundabout paragraph”
    “hear in a roundabout way that her ex-husband was marrying her best friend”
    synonyms: circuitous
    extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action
  4. noun
    a large, rotating machine with seats for children to ride or amusement
    synonyms: carousel, carrousel, merry-go-round, whirligig
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    type of:
    a mechanical device that you ride for amusement or excitement
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