Round meaning

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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.

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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.

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Brought to satisfactory conclusion or completion; finished.
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Whole or complete; full.

A round dozen.

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Large; considerable.

A round sum of money.

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A rung or crossbar, as one on a ladder or chair.
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A cut of beef from the part of the thigh between the rump and the shank.
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An assembly of people; a group.
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A round dance.
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A complete range or extent.
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One drink for each person in a gathering or group.

Let me buy the next round.

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A single outburst, as of applause or cheering.
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A specified number of arrows shot from a specified distance to a target in archery.
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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.
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A composition for two or more voices in which each voice enters at a different time with the same melody.
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To make round or curved.

Rounded his lips in surprise; rounded off the end of the board.

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To pronounce with rounded lips; labialize.
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To fill out; make plump.
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To bring to completion or perfection; finish. Often used with out or off:

The new dog rounded out our household. The speaker rounded off his lecture with a joke.

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To approximate (a real number) by a nearby rational number with a specified level of precision. When rounded to the nearest hundred, 286 becomes 300. When rounded to the nearest tenth, 1.63 becomes 1.6.
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To encompass; surround.
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To become round or curved.
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To take a circular course; complete or partially complete a circuit.

Racecars rounding into the final lap.

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To turn about, as on an axis.

Rounded and came back across the field.

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To become filled out or plump.
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To develop into satisfactory completion or perfection.

Is rounding into a fine quarterback.

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In a circular progression or movement; around.
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With revolutions.

Wheels moving round.

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To a specific place or person.

Called round for the pastor; sent round for the veterinarian.

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Around.
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From the beginning to the end of; throughout.

A plant that grows round the year.

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To whisper.
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Shaped like a ball; spherical; globular.
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Curved in shape like part of a sphere or circle.
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Not angular; plump or stout.
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Involving, or done in or with, a circular motion.

A round dance.

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Completed by progressing through a course which, as if circular, returns to the starting point.

A round trip.

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Constituting, or expressed by, a whole number, or integer; not fractional.
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Expressed in units divisible by ten, one hundred, etc., rather than exactly.

500 is a round number for 498, 503, etc.

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Large in amount, size, etc.; considerable.

A round sum.

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Mellow and full in tone; sonorous.

Rich round tones.

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Brisk; vigorous and rapid.

A round pace.

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Outspoken; plain and blunt; straightforward.
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Articulated with the lips forming a circular or oval opening; rounded.

A round vowel.

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Something round or rounded; thing or part that is spherical, globular, circular, curved, annular, or cylindrical.
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The rounded part of the thigh of a beef animal, between the rump and the leg.
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Movement in a circular course or about an axis.
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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.

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The complete extent; whole range.

The round of human beliefs.

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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.
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A single serving, as of drinks, to each of a group.
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A single outburst, as of applause, cheering, etc.; salvo.
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A circular slice, as of bread.
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A specified number of arrows shot at the target from a specified distance according to the rules.
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A single period or division of action, usually one of a series [a round of poker]
  • 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.
  • A number of holes as a unit of competition, esp. eighteen.
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To make round.
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To deprive of angularity or make plump.
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To express as or convert to a round number.

To round 9.5 up to 10 or down to 9

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To complete; finish; perfect.
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To make a circuit of; pass around.

We rounded the island.

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To make a turn about.

To round a corner.

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To cause to move in a circular course.
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To encircle; surround.
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To articulate with the lips forming a circular or oval opening.
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To make a complete or partial circuit; move in a curved or circular course.
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To become round or plump.
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To develop (into)

The talk rounded into a plan.

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For each of several; to include all in a group.

Not enough to go round.

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By a circuitous course; in a roundabout way.
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With a rotating or revolving movement.
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To whisper (to)
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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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Circular or cylindrical; having a circular cross-section in one direction.

We sat at a round table to make conversation easier.

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Spherical; shaped like a ball; having a circular cross-section in more than one direction.

The ancient Egyptian demonstrated that the Earth is round, not flat.

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Lacking sharp angles; having gentle curves.

Our child's bed has round corners for safety.

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Complete, whole, not lacking.

The baker sold us a round dozen.

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(of a number) Convenient for rounding other numbers to; for example, ending in a zero.

One hundred is a nice round number.

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(linguistics) Pronounced with the lips drawn together.
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Outspoken; plain and direct; unreserved; not mincing.

A round answer; a round oath.

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Finished; polished; not defective or abrupt; said of authors or their writing style.
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Consistent; fair; just; applied to conduct.
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A circular or spherical object or part of an object.
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A circular or repetitious route.

Hospital rounds.

The guards have started their rounds; the prisoner should be caught soon.

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A general outburst from a group of people at an event.

The candidate got a round of applause after every sentence or two.

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A song that is sung by groups of people with each subset of people starting at a different time.
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A serving of something; a portion of something to each person in a group.

They brought us a round of drinks about every thirty minutes.

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A single individual portion or dose of medicine.
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(art) A long-bristled, circular-headed paintbrush used in oil and acrylic painting.
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A firearm cartridge, bullet, or any individual ammunition projectile. Originally referring to the spherical projectile ball of a smoothbore firearm. Compare round shot and solid shot.
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(sports) One of the specified pre-determined segments of the total time of a sport event, such as a boxing or wrestling match, during which contestants compete before being signaled to stop.
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(sports) A stage in a competition.

Qualifying rounds of the championship.

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(sports) In some sports, e.g. golf or showjumping: one complete way around the course.
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(engineering, drafting, CAD) A rounded relief or cut at an edge, especially an outside edge, added for a finished appearance and to soften sharp edges.
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A strip of material with a circular face that covers an edge, gap, or crevice for decorative, sanitary, or security purposes.

All furniture in the nursery had rounds on the edges and in the crevices.

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(butchery) The hindquarters of a bovine.
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(dated) A rung, as of a ladder.
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A crosspiece that joins and braces the legs of a chair.
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A series of changes or events ending where it began; a series of like events recurring in continuance; a cycle; a periodical revolution.

The round of the seasons; a round of pleasures.

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A course of action or conduct performed by a number of persons in turn, or one after another, as if seated in a circle.
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A series of duties or tasks which must be performed in turn, and then repeated.
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A circular dance.
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Rotation, as in office; succession.

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A general discharge of firearms by a body of troops in which each soldier fires once.
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An assembly; a group; a circle.

A round of politicians.

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A brewer's vessel in which the fermentation is concluded, the yeast escaping through the bunghole.
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(archaic) A vessel filled, as for drinking.
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(nautical) A round-top.
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A round of beef.
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(rare in US) Alternative form of around.

I look round the room quickly to make sure it's neat.

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Alternative form of around.
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To shape something into a curve.

The carpenter rounded the edges of the table.

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(intransitive) To become shaped into a curve.
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(with "out") To finish; to complete; to fill out.

She rounded out her education with only a single mathematics class.

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(intransitive) To approximate a number, especially a decimal number by the closest whole number.

Ninety-five rounds up to one hundred.

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To turn past a boundary.

Helen watched him until he rounded the corner.

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(intransitive) To turn and attack someone or something (used with on).

As a group of policemen went past him, one of them rounded on him, grabbing him by the arm.

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(baseball) To advance to home plate.

And the runners round the bases on the double by Jones.

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To go round, pass, go past.
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(intransitive, archaic or dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To speak in a low tone; whisper; speak secretly; take counsel.
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(archaic or dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To address or speak to in a whisper, utter in a whisper.

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(archaic or dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) A whisper; whispering.
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(archaic or dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Discourse; song.
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Contraction of around.
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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.

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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.
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make
  • 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.
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go the round
  • 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 does.
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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.
  • In full and realistic detail.
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out of round
  • Not having perfect roundness.
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round about
  • In or to the opposite direction.
  • In every direction around.
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round in
  • To haul in on (a line).
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round to
  • To turn the bow of a vessel into the wind.
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round up
  • To drive (cattle, horses, etc.) together; collect in a herd, group, etc.
  • To gather, collect, or assemble.
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Origin of round

  • Middle English from Anglo-Norman rounde variant of Old French rond ultimately from Vulgar Latin retundus from Latin rotundus ret- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English rounden from Old English rūnian from rūn a secret

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English rounen, from Old English rÅ«nian (“to whisper, talk low, talk secrets, consipre, talk secretly"), from Proto-Germanic *rÅ«nōnÄ… (“to talk secrets, whisper, decide"), *raunijanÄ… (“to investigate, examine, prove"), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)rewÉ™-, *(e)rwō- (“to trace, find out, look out"). Cognate with Scots roun (“to converse with in whispers, speak privately"), Middle Low German rÅ«nen (“to whisper"), Middle Dutch ruinen (“to whisper"), German raunen (“to whisper, murmur"), Old English rÅ«n (“whisper, secret, mystery"), Swedish röna (“to meet with, experience"). More at rune.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English roun, from Old English rÅ«n (“whisper, secret, mystery"), from Proto-Germanic *rÅ«nō, *raunō (“a whisper, secret, secret sign"), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)rewÉ™-, *(e)rwō- (“to trace, find out, look out"). Cognate with Scots roun, round (“a whisper, secret story"), German Rune (“rune"), Swedish rön (“findings, observations, experience").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old French ront, runt (> French rond), representing an earlier *rodond, from Latin rotundus (> Italian rotondo, Provençal redon, Spanish redondo etc.). The noun developed partly from the adjective and partly from the corresponding French noun rond. Compare rotund and rotunda.

    From Wiktionary