round robin definition by Webster's New World
- a document, as a petition, protest, etc., with the signatures written in a circle to conceal the order of signing
- a contest or tournament, as in tennis, chess, etc., in which every entrant is matched with every other one
- a letter circulated among the members of a group, which is signed and forwarded by each in turn, often with additional comments, etc.
Origin: round plush person; personal (grammar) name Robin
round robin definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Sports A tournament in which each contestant is matched in turn against every other contestant.
- A petition or protest on which the signatures are arranged in a circle in order to conceal the order of signing.
- A letter sent among members of a group, often with comments added by each person in turn.
round robin - Computer Definition
A continuously repeating sequence, such as the polling of a series of terminals, one after the other, over and over again. To cycle through open applications round robin means that each app is displayed one after the other. See round robin DNS.
round robin - Phrases/Idioms
A petition or other document signed by several persons in sequence, so that no one can tell who was the first to sign it. For example, We decided to send a round robin to management to protest the new rules about work hours. This term originally referred to a grievance presented by seamen to their captain, called round because of the circular sequence of names, but the source of robin has been lost. [Early 1700s]
In sports, a tournament in which each player or team plays against all of the others in turn. For example, The club always holds a tennis round robin on the Fourth of July. [Late 1800s]