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adj. round·er, round·est
a. Being such that every part of the surface or the circumference is equidistant from the center: a round ball.
b. Moving in or forming a circle.
c. Shaped like a cylinder; cylindrical.
d. Rather rounded in shape: the child's round face.
e. Full in physique; plump: a round figure.
a. Linguistics Formed or articulated with the lips in a rounded shape: a round vowel.
b. Full in tone; sonorous.
3. Whole or complete; full: a round dozen.
a. Mathematics Expressed or designated as a whole number or integer; not fractional.
b. Not exact; approximate: a round estimate.
5. Large; considerable: a round sum of money.
6. Brought to satisfactory conclusion or completion; finished.
a. Outspoken; blunt: a round scolding.
b. Done with full force; unrestrained: gave me a round thrashing.
a. Something, such as a circle, disk, globe, or ring, that is round.
b. A circle formed of various things.
c. Movement around a circle or about an axis.
2. A rung or crossbar, as one on a ladder or chair.
3. A cut of beef from the part of the thigh between the rump and the shank.
4. An assembly of people; a group.
5. A round dance.
a. A complete course, succession, or series: a round of parties; a round of negotiations.
b. A course of customary or prescribed actions, duties, or places. Often used in the plural: physicians' rounds.
7. A complete range or extent.
8. One drink for each person in a gathering or group: Let me buy the next round.
9. A single outburst, as of applause or cheering.
a. A single shot or volley.
b. Ammunition for a single shot or volley.
11. A specified number of arrows shot from a specified distance to a target in archery.
12. Sports & Games A unit of play that occupies a specified time, constitutes a certain number of plays, or allows each player a turn, especially the 18-hole sequence played in golf or one of the periods in a boxing match.
13. Music A composition for two or more voices in which each voice enters at a different time with the same melody.
v. round·ed, round·ing, rounds
1. To make round. See Synonyms at bend1.
2. To encompass; surround.
3. To cause to proceed or move in a circular course.
4. Linguistics To pronounce with rounded lips; labialize.
5. To fill out; make plump.
6. To bring to completion or perfection; finish.
7. Mathematics To express as a round number: The number 1.64 can be rounded to 1.6 or to 2.
8. To make a complete circuit of; go or pass around.
9. To make a turn about or to the other side of: rounded a bend in the road.
1. To become round.
2. To take a circular course; complete or partially complete a circuit: racecars rounding into the final lap.
3. To turn about, as on an axis; reverse.
4. To become curved, filled out, or plump.
5. To come to satisfactory completion or perfection.
1. In a circular progression or movement; around.
2. With revolutions: wheels moving round.
3. To a specific place or person: called round for the pastor; sent round for the veterinarian.
2. From the beginning to the end of; throughout: a plant that grows round the year.
To turn on and assail.
1. To seek out and bring together; gather.
2. To herd (cattle) together from various places.
in the round
1. With the stage in the center of the audience.
2. Fully shaped so as to stand free of a background: a sculpture in the round.
make/go the rounds
1. To go from place to place, as on business or for entertainment: a delivery truck making the rounds; students going the rounds in the entertainment district.
2. To be communicated or passed from person to person: The news quickly made the rounds. A piece of juicy gossip is going the rounds.
[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman rounde, variant of Old French rond, ultimately from Vulgar Latin *retundus, from Latin rotundus, from rota, wheel; see ret- in Indo-European roots.]
round 2 (round)
tr.v. round·ed, round·ing, rounds Archaic
[Middle English rounden, from Old English rnian, from rn, a secret.]
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Noun 1. round a charge of ammunition for a single shot
one shot, unit of ammunition
ammo, ammunition projectiles to be fired from a gun
2. round an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs; »the neverending cycle of the seasons«
interval, time interval a definite length of time marked off by two instants
phase angle, phase a particular point in the time of a cycle; measured from some arbitrary zero and expressed as an angle
3. round a regular route for a sentry or policeman; »in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name«
itinerary, route, path an established line of travel or access
4. round (often plural) a series of professional calls (usually in a set order); »the doctor goes on his rounds first thing every morning«; »the postman's rounds«; »we enjoyed our round of the local bars«
call brief visit in an official or professional capacity; »the pastor's visits to his parishioners«; »a visit to a dentist«; »the salesman's call on a customer«
plural, plural form the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
5. round the activity of playing 18 holes of golf; »a round of golf takes about 4 hours«
round of golf
golf, golf game a game played on a large open course with 9 or 18 holes; the object is use as few strokes as possible in playing all the holes
6. round the usual activities in your day; »the doctor made his rounds«
habitude habitual mode of behavior
7. round (sports) a period of play during which one team is on the offensive
athletics, sport an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
top of the inning, top the first half of an inning; while the visiting team is at bat; »a relief pitcher took over in the top of the fifth«
bottom of the inning, bottom the second half of an inning; while the home team is at bat
period of play, playing period, play (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds; »rain stopped play in the 4th inning«
8. round the course along which communications spread; »the story is going the rounds in Washington«
track, path, course a line or route along which something travels or moves; »the hurricane demolished houses in its path«; »the track of an animal«; »the course of the river«
9. round a serving to each of a group (usually alcoholic); »he ordered a second round«
round of drinks
helping, serving, portion an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal; »the helpings were all small«; »his portion was larger than hers«; »there's enough for two servings each«
10. round a cut of beef between the rump and the lower leg
cut of beef piece of beef
round steak a lean cut of beef from between the rump and the shank
11. round a partsong in which voices follow each other; one voice starts and others join in one after another until all are singing different parts of the song at the same time; »they enjoyed singing rounds«
partsong a song with two or more voice parts
12. round an outburst of applause; »there was a round of applause«
applause, clapping, hand clapping a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together
13. round a crosspiece between the legs of a chair
crosspiece a transverse brace
folding chair a chair that can be folded flat for storage
feeding chair, highchair a chair for feeding a very young child; has four long legs and a footrest and a detachable tray
rocking chair, rocker a chair mounted on rockers
side chair, straight chair a straight-backed chair without arms
14. round any circular or rotating mechanism; »the machine punched out metal circles«
disk, disc a flat circular plate
rotating mechanism a mechanism that rotates
Verb 1. round wind around; move along a circular course; »round the bend«
go, locomote, move, travel change location; move, travel, or proceed; »How fast does your new car go?«; »We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus«; »The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect«; »The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell«
2. round make round; »round the edges«
round off, round out
shape, form give a shape or form to; »shape the dough«
purse contract one's lips into a rounded shape
3. round be around; »Developments surround the town«; »The river encircles the village«
encircle, environ, surround, circle, ring
contain, bear, carry, hold contain or hold; have within; »The jar carries wine«; »The canteen holds fresh water«; »This can contains water«
twine coil around; »Wisteria twining the fence posts«
wreath, wreathe encircle with or as if with a wreath; »Her face was wreathed with blossoms«
begird, girt, girth, gird encircle or bind; »Trees girded the green fields«
cloister surround with a cloister, as of a garden
4. round pronounce with rounded lips
enounce, enunciate, pronounce, sound out, articulate, say speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way; »She pronounces French words in a funny way«; »I cannot say `zip wire'«; »Can the child sound out this complicated word?«
5. round attack in speech or writing; »The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker«
lash out, attack, snipe, assail, assault
criticise, criticize, pick apart, knock find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws; »The paper criticized the new movie«; »Don't knock the food--it's free«
blackguard, clapperclaw, abuse, shout use foul or abusive language towards; »The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket«; »The angry mother shouted at the teacher«
claw attack as if with claws; »The politician clawed his rival«
vitriol subject to bitter verbal abuse
rip criticize or abuse strongly and violently; »The candidate ripped into his opponent mercilessly«
whang attack forcefully; »whang away at the school reform plan«
barrage attack with a barrage; »The speaker was barraged by an angry audience«
scald, blister, whip subject to harsh criticism; »The Senator blistered the administration in his speech on Friday«; »the professor scaled the students«; »your invectives scorched the community«
rubbish attack strongly
6. round bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state; »polish your social manners«
polish up, round off, brush up, polish
perfect, hone make perfect or complete; »perfect your French in Paris!«
7. round express as a round number; »round off the amount«
round down, round off, round out
alter, change, modify cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; »The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city«; »The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue«
8. round become round, plump, or shapely; »The young woman is fleshing out«
flesh out, fill out
gain, put on increase (one's body weight); »She gained 20 pounds when she stopped exercising«
Adj. 1. round having a circular shape
rounded curving and somewhat round in shape rather than jagged; »low rounded hills«; »rounded shoulders«
square having four equal sides and four right angles or forming a right angle; »a square peg in a round hole«; »a square corner«
2. round (of sounds) full and rich; »orotund tones«; »the rotund and reverberating phrase«; »pear-shaped vowels«
orotund, pear-shaped, rotund
full (of sound) having marked depth and body; »full tones«; »a full voice«
3. round (of numbers) to the nearest ten, hundred, or thousand; »in round numbers«
inexact not exact
Adv. 1. round from beginning to end; throughout; »It rains all year round on Skye«; »frigid weather the year around«
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You now try to go to the Round Pond, but nurses hate it, because they are not really manly, and they make you look the other way, at the Big Penny and the Baby's Palace.
The Little White Bird by Barrie, James Matthew View in context
They were congregated round a vast inclosure; they were elevated on amphitheatrical wooden stands, and they were perched on the roofs of horseless carriages, drawn up in rows.
Man And Wife by Collins, Wilkie View in context
To those who were not familiar with the motions of the moon, they demonstrated that she possesses two distinct motions, the first being that of rotation upon her axis, the second being that of revolution round the earth, accomplishing both together in an equal period of time, that is to say, in twenty-seven and one-third days.
From The Earth To The Moon by Verne, Jules View in context
Some words with »Round« in the definition:
At a round rate
Gentlemen of the round
round of golf
To bring up with a round turn
To round in
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