- Round means a circular shape.
An example of round used as an adjective is the phrase "round raviolis" which mean raviolis that are in the shape of a circle.
- Round is defined as in a circular motion.
An example of round used as an adverb is "drive round the tree" which means to drive around the tree in a circle.
- The definition of a round is something in a circle shape or a series of actions.
- An example of a round is a pizza pie.
- An example of a round is attending a series of parties, a round of parties.
- shaped like a ball; spherical; globular
- shaped like a circle, ring, or disk; circular
- shaped like a cylinder (in having a circular cross section); cylindrical
- curved in shape like part of a sphere or circle
- not angular; plump or stout
- involving, or done in or with, a circular motion: a round dance
- not lacking part; full; complete: a round dozen
- completed; perfected
- completed by progressing through a course which, as if circular, returns to the starting point: a round trip
- constituting, or expressed by, a whole number, or integer; not fractional
- expressed in units divisible by ten, one hundred, etc., rather than exactly: 500 is a round number for 498, 503, etc.
- large in amount, size, etc.; considerable: a round sum
- mellow and full in tone; sonorous: rich round tones
- brisk; vigorous and rapid: a round pace
- outspoken; plain and blunt; straightforward
- Phonet. articulated with the lips forming a circular or oval opening; rounded: a round vowel
Origin: Middle English from Old French roont from Classical Latin rotundus: see rotund
- something round or rounded; thing or part that is spherical, globular, circular, curved, annular, or cylindrical
- a rung of a ladder
- a crossbar connecting the legs of a chair
- the rounded part of the thigh of a beef animal, between the rump and the leg
- movement in a circular course or about an axis
- round dance
- a series or succession of actions, events, etc. that is completed at, or as if at, the point where it began: a round of parties
- the complete extent; whole range: the round of human beliefs
- a regular, customary course or circuit, as by a watchman of a station, a doctor of hospital patients, a drinker of a number of bars, etc.
- a single serving, as of drinks, to each of a group
- a single shot from each of a number of rifles, artillery pieces, etc. fired together, or a shot from a single gun
- ammunition for a single shot; cartridge, shell, etc.
- a single outburst, as of applause, cheering, etc.; salvo
- a circular slice, as of bread
- Archery a specified number of arrows shot at the target from a specified distance according to the rules
- Games, Sports a single period or division of action, usually one of a series [a round of poker]; specif.,
- Boxing any of the timed periods of a fight; a round is now generally limited to three minutes, and the interval between rounds to one minute
- Golf a number of holes as a unit of competition, esp. eighteen
- a short song for two or more voices, in which the second starts when the first reaches the second phrase, etc. and upon concluding each voice begins again, as in a canon
- the ringing in sequence of a set of bells from the smallest to the largest, in change ringing
- to make round: often with off
- to deprive of angularity or make plump: usually with out
- to express as a round number: usually with off
- to complete; finish; perfect: usually with out or off
- to make a circuit of; pass around: we rounded the island
- to make a turn about: to round a corner
- to cause to move in a circular course
- Now Rare to encircle; surround
- Phonet. to articulate with the lips forming a circular or oval opening
- to make a complete or partial circuit; move in a curved or circular course
- to turn; reverse direction
- to attack or oppose suddenly or unexpectedly; turn (on)
- to become round or plump: often with out
- to develop (into): the talk rounded into a plan
- around ( & )
- for each of several; to include all in a group: not enough to go round
- by a circuitous course; in a roundabout way
- with a rotating or revolving movement
- roundness noun
Origin: Middle English rounen (+ unhistoric -d) from Old English runian, to whisper: see rune
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adjective 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.
- 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.
- Large; considerable: a round sum of money.
- 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.
- A rung or crossbar, as one on a ladder or chair.
- A cut of beef from the part of the thigh between the rump and the shank.
- An assembly of people; a group.
- 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.
- A complete range or extent.
- One drink for each person in a gathering or group: Let me buy the next round.
- A single outburst, as of applause or cheering.
- a. A single shot or volley.b. Ammunition for a single shot or volley.
- A specified number of arrows shot from a specified distance to a target in archery.
- 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.
- Music A composition for two or more voices in which each voice enters at a different time with the same melody.
- To make round. See Synonyms at bend1.
- To encompass; surround.
- To cause to proceed or move in a circular course.
- Linguistics To pronounce with rounded lips; labialize.
- To fill out; make plump.
- To bring to completion or perfection; finish.
- Mathematics To express as a round number: The number 1.64 can be rounded to 1.6 or to 2.
- To make a complete circuit of; go or pass around.
- To make a turn about or to the other side of: rounded a bend in the road.
- To become round.
- To take a circular course; complete or partially complete a circuit: racecars rounding into the final lap.
- To turn about, as on an axis; reverse.
- To become curved, filled out, or plump.
- To come to satisfactory completion or perfection.
- In a circular progression or movement; around.
- With revolutions: wheels moving round.
- To a specific place or person: called round for the pastor; sent round for the veterinarian.
- From the beginning to the end of; throughout: a plant that grows round the year.
Origin: 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.
- roundˈness noun
transitive verb round·ed, round·ing, rounds Archaic
Origin: Middle English rounden, from Old English rūnian, from rūn, a secret.
round - Computer Definition
To eliminate rightmost digits in a number when absolute precision is not required or used. One of the most common uses of rounding is with dollar amounts, which can result in more than two decimal places after a division. Following are four of many rounding methods: Round Half Up 3.455 -> 3.46 3.454 -> 3.45 Round Half Down 3.455 -> 3.45 3.456 -> 3.46 Round Up 3.456 -> 3.46 3.453 -> 3.46 Round Down 3.458 -> 3.45 3.453 -> 3.45
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round - Cultural Definition
A song that can be begun at different times by different singers, but with harmonious singing (see harmony) as the result. “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” is a round.
round - Phrases/Idioms
go the roundor go the rounds
- to be circulated among a number of people: said of a story, rumor, etc.
- to walk one's regular course or circuit, as a watchman doesalso make one's rounds
in the round
- with the audience or congregation seated all around a central stage, altar, etc.
- in full and completely rounded form, not in relief: said of sculpture
- in full and realistic detail
out of round
- in or to the opposite direction
- in every direction around
- â to drive (cattle, horses, etc.) together; collect in a herd, group, etc.
- â Informal to gather, collect, or assemble
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in the round
- With the stage in the center of the audience.
- Fully shaped so as to stand free of a background: a sculpture in the round.
- /go the rounds
- 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.
- To be communicated or passed from person to person: The news quickly made the rounds. A piece of juicy gossip is going the rounds.