Part of speech: adjective

Winding; twisting; erratic.

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Usage examples "tortuous":

  1. His strong heart was racked to the centre- a tortuous strain closed in upon his nerves, and for the time, that stout, brave man was helpless as a child. - "Mabel's Mistake", Ann S. Stephens.
  2. Even if they could win out of the Gold House fortress, what hope had they of making their way through the crowded, tortuous town where, after the African fashion, peopled walked about all night, every one of whom would recognize the white man, whether he were masked or no? - "The Yellow God An Idol of Africa", H. Rider Haggard.
  3. Then I left the main road, and followed one tortuous sandy track after another. - "We Three", Gouverneur Morris.