cul-de-sac (kŭldĭ-săk, kl′-)
n. pl. cul-de-sacs or culs-de-sac (kŭlz-, klz′-)
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.
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