- roundround1 [round]adj.[ME < OFr roont < L rotundus: see ROTUND]1. shaped like a ball; spherical; globular2.a) shaped like a circle, ring, or disk; circularb) shaped like a cylinder (in having a circular cross section); cylindrical3. curved in shape like part of a sphere or circle4. not angular; plump or stout5. involving, or done in or with, a circular motion [a round dance]6.a) not lacking part; full; complete [a round dozen]b) completed; perfected7. completed by progressing through a course which, as if circular, returns to the starting point [a round trip]8. constituting, or expressed by, a whole number, or integer; not fractional9. expressed in units divisible by ten, one hundred, etc., rather than exactly [500 is a round number for 498, 503, etc.]10. large in amount, size, etc.; considerable [a round sum]11. mellow and full in tone; sonorous [rich round tones]12. brisk; vigorous and rapid [a round pace]13. outspoken; plain and blunt; straightforward14. Phonet. articulated with the lips forming a circular or oval opening; rounded [a round vowel]n.1. something round or rounded; thing or part that is spherical, globular, circular, curved, annular, or cylindrical2.a) a rung of a ladderb) a crossbar connecting the legs of a chair3. the rounded part of the thigh of a beef animal, between the rump and the leg: see BEEF4. movement in a circular course or about an axis5. ROUND DANCE6. 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]7. the complete extent; whole range [the round of human beliefs]8. [often pl.] 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.9. a single serving, as of drinks, to each of a group10.a) a single shot from each of a number of rifles, artillery pieces, etc. fired together, or a shot from a single gun: cf. SALVO1b) ammunition for a single shot; cartridge, shell, etc.11. a single outburst, as of applause, cheering, etc.; salvo12. a circular slice, as of bread13. Archery a specified number of arrows shot at the target from a specified distance according to the rules14. Games Sports a single period or division of action, usually one of a series [a round of poker ]; specif.,a) 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 minuteb) Golf a number of holes as a unit of competition, esp. eighteen15. Musica) 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 canonb) [pl.] the ringing in sequence of a set of bells from the smallest to the largest, in change ringingvt.1. to make round: often with off2. to deprive of angularity or make plump: usually with out3. to express as a round number: usually with off4. to complete; finish; perfect: usually with out or off5. to make a circuit of; pass around [we rounded the island]6. to make a turn about [to round a corner]7. to cause to move in a circular course8. Now Rare to encircle; surround9. Phonet. to articulate with the lips forming a circular or oval openingvi.1. to make a complete or partial circuit; move in a curved or circular course2.a) to turn; reverse directionb) to attack or oppose suddenly or unexpectedly; turn (on)3. to become round or plump: often with out4. to develop (into) [the talk rounded into a plan]adv.1. AROUND (adv. 1 & 3)2. for each of several; to include all in a group [not enough to go round]3. by a circuitous course; in a roundabout way4. with a rotating or revolving movementprep.AROUND: In the U.S., round: ( adv. & prep.) is generally superseded by around; in Great Britain, round is preferred for most senses: See also phrases under BRING, COME, etc.——————go the round or go the rounds1. to be circulated among a number of people: said of a story, rumor, etc.2. to walk one's regular course or circuit, as a watchman does: also make one's rounds——————in the round1. with the audience or congregation seated all around a central stage, altar, etc.: cf. ARENA THEATER2. in full and completely rounded form, not in relief: said of sculpture3. in full and realistic detail——————out of roundnot having perfect roundness——————round about1. in or to the opposite direction2. in every direction around——————round inNaut. to haul in on (a line)——————round toNaut. to turn the bow of a vessel into the wind——————round up☆ 1. to drive (cattle, horses, etc.) together; collect in a herd, group, etc.☆ 2. Informal to gather, collect, or assembleroundnessn.SYN.- ROUND1, the most inclusive of these words, applies to anything shaped like a circle, sphere, or cylinder, or like a part of any of these; SPHERICAL applies to a round body or mass having the surface equally distant from the center at all points; GLOBULAR is used of things that are ball-shaped but not necessarily perfect spheres; CIRCULAR is applied to round lines, or round flat surfaces, in the shape of a ring or disk, and it may or may not imply correspondence in form with a perfect circle; ANNULAR applies to ringlike forms or structures, as the markings in a cross section of a treeround2 [round]vt., vi.[ME rounen (+ unhistoric -d) < OE runian, to whisper: see RUNE]Obs. to whisper (to)
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