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tortuous

 [tor´choo-us]
twisted; full of turns and twists.

tor·tu·ous

(tōr'chū-ŭs), Do not confuse this word with torturous.
Having many curves; full of turns and twists.
[L. tortuosus, fr. torqueo, to twist]

tortuous

[tôr′cho̅o̅·əs]
Etymology: L, tortus, twisted
having or making twists and turns.

tortuous

adjective Referring to a complexly twisted thing; convoluted.

tortuous

adjective Referring to complexly twisted thing. Cf Tortious.

tor·tu·ous

(tōr'chū-ŭs)
Having many curves; full of turns and twists.
[L. tortuosus, fr. torqueo, to twist]
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In less favorable conditions, in cases where the degree of tortuousness, slope and curvature are higher, the user must reduce the speed.
An early essay (1914-15) on two poems of Friedrich Holderlin, unpublished in Benjamin's lifetime like most of the writings in this collection, employed a style that, according to the translator, is "hieratic, cryptic, and high-flown, and in places written in a German whose tortuousness defies deciphering.
Gregory's style, never as lucid as either of the other Cappadocian Fathers, is in this treatise difficult to the point of tortuousness.
For West, family life determines the individual, and in her evocation of Joyce's background she remarks that he was being "strangled by the sheer tortuousness of his family destiny.
He was throwing away the ladder after he had climbed up it; transcending his own ideas; or, as we would say today, deconstructing an aesthetic system whose very tortuousness was its own, implicit disproof.
Yet Paddison never allows his evident and justifiable exasperation with Adorno's tortuousness to provoke him into taking an adequately hard line, and for the first third of his book at least he is quite intemperately self-effacing.