[dee-toor, dih-toor]
a roundabout or circuitous way or course, especially one used temporarily when the main route is closed.
an indirect or roundabout procedure, path, etc.
verb (used without object)
to make a detour; go by way of a detour.
verb (used with object)
to cause to make a detour.
to make a detour around: We detoured Birmingham.

1730–40 < French détour, Old French destor, derivative of destorner to turn aside, equivalent to des- de- + torner to turn Unabridged
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detour (ˈdiːtʊə)
1.  a deviation from a direct, usually shorter route or course of action
2.  to deviate or cause to deviate from a direct route or course of action
[C18: from French détour, from Old French destorner to divert, turn away, from des-de- + torner to turn]

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Word Origin & History

1738, from Fr. détour, from O.Fr. destour, from destourner "turn aside," from des- "aside" + tourner "to turn" (see turn). The verb is attested from 1836.
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Example sentences
Furthermore, if you provide a detour around algebra, you provide an exemption
  from abstract thinking.
It saved me a long detour by taxi on my way home last night.
Upper wires detour the three-million-volt harmlessly to the ground.
In this case, our light-car must detour around the center, missing the book.
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