• WordNet 3.6
    • n tortuousness puzzling complexity
    • n tortuousness a tortuous and twisted shape or position "they built a tree house in the tortuosities of its boughs","the acrobat performed incredible contortions"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tortuousness The state of being tortuous.
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  • Ben Stein
    “There is no sudden leap into the stratosphere. There is only advancing step by step, slowly and tortuously, up the pyramid towards your goals.”


In literature:

Hunters' or shepherds' paths led here and there in tortuous courses from one side of the mountain to the other.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 4 (of 12)" by G. Maspero
I walked quickly and lightly, like as one does when following tortuous paths on a mountain slope.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume IV (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
To listen to the tortuous talker is a supreme test of patience.
"Talks on Talking" by Grenville Kleiser
The expedition moved on up the tortuous Missouri, tying up at night to avoid the treacherous sandbars that lay in wait.
"The Mintage" by Elbert Hubbard
Carlos had made Spain too hot to hold him in those tortuous intrigues of the Army of the Faith and Bourbon troops and Italian legions.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
His way was between tall, dark houses; the path lay at their feet, narrow and tortuous, like some remote canon.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. 31, No. 1, May 1908" by Various
At every bend of the tortuous trail the leader's eye was strained to see the dust-cloud rising ahead.
"Foes in Ambush" by Charles King
Still higher, from a straight line the trail had become tortuous and irregular.
"Ben Blair" by Will Lillibridge
This American life of ours is a tortuous and shifting impulse.
"Dream Life" by Donald G. Mitchell
The dilated and tortuous vein can be readily seen and felt when the patient is examined in the upright posture.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

In poetry:

With soft, mild rays, the winter sun
Thy tortuous pathways doth illume,
The weeping-willow droops its head,
To crown the "City of the Dead."
"Magnolia" by Mary Weston Fordham
"All the rivers run into the sea."
Like the pulsing of a river,
The motion of a song,
Wind the olden words along
The tortuous turnings of my thoughts whenever
I sit beside the sea.
"All The Rivers" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
Still ancient Eden blooms your own;
But artless innocence alone
Secures the heavenly post;
For if, beneath an angel's mien,
The serpent's tortuous train is seen, Our paradise is lost.
"Ode to Women" by John Logan
Wild seas of tossing, writhing waves,
A wreck half-sinking in the tortuous gloom;
One man clings desperately, while Boreas raves,
And helps to blot the rays of moon and star,
Then comes a sudden flash of light, which gleams on shores afar.
"Impressions" by Alice Dunbar-Nelson

In news:

One baker's tortuous odyssey to mastering angel food cake .
I missed this, but shortly after Mathieu Eugene's tortuous ascent to the City Council, he went up with a website to promote a re-election campaign that will be his third run for the same office in the space of a year.
While most of the country plodded on with their schedules, the Bears sat through an off week made considerably more tortuous thanks to a 70-63 loss to West Virginia the previous weekend.
Unlike the hanging chads that turned the Bush-Gore race into a tortuous legal tangle that went to the Supreme Court, this time the whole world isn't watching.
Depalletizing of heavy packages of sheetmetal blanks using a forklift or overhead crane can prove tortuous and bind resources.
Two-day showdown ends tortuous Va. RNC's Priebus calls Reid a 'dirty liar.
Firing tenured teachers can be a costly and tortuous task.
The tortuous path to 'pretzel karma'.
Road for the Senate's Leader Is Expected to Be Tortuous .
Clinton's Welfare Shift Ends Tortuous Journey.
Navarre begins a tortuous – and possibly torturous – stretch of games at 7:30 pm tonight at Pensacola High School's Jim Scoggins Stadium.
True varicose veins are also tortuous (TOHR-chew-uhs), meaning they wind in a snake-like pattern.
Obtaining rights for the use of copyright music in theatre productions, both in the US and in the UK, can be a tortuous task.
Unlike the hanging -chad disputes that turned the Bush-Gore presidential race into a tortuous legal tangle that went to the Supreme Court before the presidency was decided, this time the whole world isn't watching.
The tortuous path to ' pretzel karma'.

In science:

The escape from the tortuous part of the energy landscape to the smooth region will not take forever, nor will transitions between low-T substates.
Embedding a Native State into a Random Heteropolymer Model: The Dynamic Approach
The tortuous way followed here to get the form (20)– (22) of the constraints is justified by the attempt to make evident the relationship between PGT and the Ashtekar formalism.
Towards a general solution of the Hamiltonian constraints of General Relativity
The survey’s sampling process was tortuous, and several critical sampling st ages in this process are not properly explained.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
LiSh], but some of the techniques have to be more tortuous.
Random graphs in the monadic theory of order
However in a porous medium with tortuous geometry, the diffusion coefficients may be space dependent.
Effect of randomness and anisotropy on Turing patterns in reaction-diffusion systems