cul-de-sac


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cul-de-sac

 (kŭl′dĭ-săk′, ko͝ol′-)
n. pl. cul-de-sacs or culs-de-sac (kŭlz′-, ko͝olz′-)
1.
a. A dead-end street, especially one ending in a circular turnaround.
b. A circular turnaround at the end of a dead-end street.
c. An impasse: "This was the cul-de-sac the year kept driving me toward: men and women would always be at odds" (Philip Weiss).
2. Anatomy A saclike cavity or tube open only at one end.

[French : cul, bottom (from Old French, from Latin cūlus; see culet) + de, of (from Old French, from Latin ; see de-) + sac, sack (from Old French, from Latin saccus; see sack1).]

cul-de-sac

(ˈkʌldəˌsæk; ˈkʊl-)
n, pl culs-de-sac or cul-de-sacs
1. (Human Geography) a road with one end blocked off; dead end
2. an inescapable position
3. (Anatomy) any tube-shaped bodily cavity or pouch closed at one end, such as the caecum
[C18: from French, literally: bottom of the bag]

cul-de-sac

(ˈkʌl dəˈsæk, -ˌsæk, ˈkʊl-)

n., pl. culs-de-sac.
1. a blind alley; dead-end street.
2. any situation in which further progress is impossible.
3. a saclike anatomical cavity or tube open at only one end, as the cecum.
[1730–40; < French: literally, bottom of the sack]

cul-de-sac

- Literally French for "bottom of a sack," it also means "situation from which there is no escape"; it can be pluralized as cul-de-sacs or culs-de-sac.
See also related terms for sack.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:

cul-de-sac

noun dead end, blind alley The factory was set at the end of a cul-de-sac.

cul-de-sac

noun
A course leading nowhere:
Translations

cul-de-sac

[ˈkʌldəˈsæk] (culs-de-sac, cul-de-sacs (pl)) N (lit) → calle f sin salida, calle f cortada (fig) → callejón m sin salida

cul-de-sac

[ˈkʌldəsæk] n (= road) → cul-de-sac m, impasse f

cul-de-sac

nSackgasse f

cul-de-sac

[ˈkʌldəˈsæk] nvicolo cieco

cul-de-sac

(ˈkaldəsӕk) noun
a street closed at one end.
References in classic literature ?
In that cul-de-sac I was caught like a bear in a pen.
It seems as innocent of a destination as a boy on an errand; but, after taking at least six times as long as any other road in the kingdom for its amount of work, you usually find it dip down of a sudden into some lovely natural cul-de-sac, a meadow-bottom surrounded by trees, with a stream spreading itself in fantastic silver shallows through its midst, and a cottage half hidden at the end.
THAT Pierre Bon-Bon was a restaurateur of uncommon qualifications, no man who, during the reign of , frequented the little Câfé in the cul-de-sac Le Febvre at Rouen, will, I imagine, feel himself at liberty to dispute.
To enter the little Cafe in the cul-de-sac Le Febvre was, at the period of our tale, to enter the sanctum of a man of genius.
I have said that "to enter the Cafe in the cul-de-sac Le Febvre was to enter the sanctum of a man of genius" - but then it was only the man of genius who could duly estimate the merits of the sanctum.
He thought of the stray amours to which he had been introduced by Flanagan, the sly visits to houses in a cul-de-sac, with the drawing-room in Utrecht velvet, and the mercenary graces of painted women.
PRICE: PS999,000 Over PS200,000 ALMONDBURY: THIS highly presentable and spacious three bedroom detached property enjoys a popular semi-rural, cul-de-sac position.
The death of the individual mentioned in the article occurred at an address on the other side of the Roundabout estate and was nowhere near our cul-de-sac.
A QUIET cul-de-sac is the scene of chaotic traffic jams every night as hundreds queue in cars to see the residents' Christmas lights.
Deputies collected the stained money packets -- some containing stacks of $100 bills -- from a street adjoining an elementary school and in the cul-de-sac where the getaway car was found.
But the cul-de-sac, a staple of town planning for decades, appears to have reached the end of the road.
A MUM has hit out at Coventry City Council for laying speed bumps in a quiet cul-de-sac - while she and other parents are fighting for calming measures near their children's school.