What does detour mean?

Definitions for detour
ˈdi tʊər, dɪˈtʊərde·tour

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word detour.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. detour, roundabout way(verb)

    a roundabout road (especially one that is used temporarily while a main route is blocked)

  2. detour(verb)

    travel via a detour


  1. detour(Noun)

    A diversion or deviation from one's original route.

    Etymology: From French détour, from détourner ‘turn away’.

  2. detour(Verb)

    To make a detour.

    Etymology: From French détour, from détourner ‘turn away’.

  3. detour(Verb)

    To direct or send on a detour.

    Etymology: From French détour, from détourner ‘turn away’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Detour(noun)

    a turning; a circuitous route; a deviation from a direct course; as, the detours of the Mississippi

    Etymology: [F. dtour, fr. dtourner to turn aside; pref. d- (L. dis-) + tourner to turn. See Turn.]


  1. Detour

    Detour is a film noir thriller that stars Tom Neal and Ann Savage. The film was adapted by Martin Goldsmith and Martin Mooney from Goldsmith's novel of the same name and was directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. The 68-minute film was released by the Producers Releasing Corporation, one of the so-called "poverty row" film studios in mid-twentieth century Hollywood. Although made on a small budget with bare sets and straightforward camera work, Detour has gathered much praise through the years and is held in high regard. In 1992, Detour was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The film has fallen into the public domain and is freely available from online sources. There are also many DVD editions.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Detour

    de-tōōr′, n. a winding: a circuitous way. [Fr. , for L. dis, asunder, and tour, a turning.]

Anagrams for detour »

  1. douȝter, routed, toured

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of detour in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of detour in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of detour in a Sentence

  1. Bob Reish:

    Patience is the discipline to we have that will enable us to reach the goals we aspire to achieve without taking the easy detour which leads to a dead end.

  2. Austin Eubanks:

    Obviously, after that, my life took a pretty big detour, as a result of my injuries, I was pretty significantly medicated about 45 minutes after being shot. I remember immediately being drawn to that feeling, because it took the emotion away.

  3. Mary Kay Ash:

    When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.

  4. Mary Kay Ash:

    When you come to a road block, take a detour.

  5. Zig Ziglar:

    Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.

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  • заобикаляне, обиколка, отклонение, заобикалям, карам да заобиколиBulgarian
  • marradaCatalan, Valencian
  • zajížďkaCzech
  • omvejDanish
  • umleiten, Umleitung, UmwegGerman
  • παράκαμψηGreek
  • desviar, desvíoSpanish
  • [[tulla]] kiertotietä, [[käyttää]] kiertotietä, kiertotie, [[ohjata]] [[kiertotietä]], [[mennä]] [[kiertotietä]]Finnish
  • athbhealach, cúrsa timpill, malairt slíIrish
  • מעקףHebrew
  • kerülőút, elkerülőút, kerülőHungarian
  • deviazioneItalian
  • 迂回する, 迂回路Japanese
  • autaki, ara autakiMāori
  • omlopen, omweg, omrijden, omleiden, omleidingDutch
  • desviar, desvioPortuguese
  • объезд, обход, окольный путьRussian
  • omvägSwedish
  • làm saiVietnamese

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