What does detour mean?

Definitions for detour
ˈdi tʊər, dɪˈtʊərde·tour

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. detour, roundabout wayverb

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

  2. detourverb

    travel via a detour


  1. detournoun

    A diversion or deviation from one's original route.

  2. detourverb

    To make a detour.

  3. detourverb

    To direct or send on a detour.

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


  1. Detour

    A detour or (British English: diversion) is a (normally temporary) route taking traffic around an area of prohibited or reduced access, such as a construction site. Standard operating procedure for many roads departments is to route any detour over roads within the same jurisdiction as the road with the obstructed area.On multi-lane highways (e.g., freeways, expressways, city streets, etc.), usually traffic shifts can replace a detour, as detours often congest turn lanes.


  1. detour

    A detour is a longer route, or a deviation from a direct route, chosen either for visiting a specific place or avoiding an obstacle or difficulty. In a broader sense, it could also refer to a diversion or deviation from any planned course or standard procedure.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Detournoun

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

  2. 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.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Detour is ranked #142108 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Detour surname appeared 117 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Detour.

    99.1% or 116 total occurrences were White.

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Anagrams for detour »

  1. douȝter

  2. routed

  3. toured

  4. douter

  5. derout

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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. Mary Kay Ash:

    When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.

  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. Unknown:

    The really happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery when on a detour.

  4. Zig Ziglar:

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

  5. Mary Kay Ash:

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

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