Definitions for: Round

[n] the usual activities in your day; "the doctor made his rounds"
[n] the activity of playing 18 holes of golf; "a round of golf takes about 4 hours"
[n] (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"
[n] any circular or rotating mechanism; "the machine punched out metal circles"
[n] a charge of ammunition for a single shot
[n] a crosspiece between the legs of a chair
[n] an outburst of applause; "there was a round of applause"
[n] 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"
[n] a cut of beef between the rump and the lower leg
[n] a serving to each of a group (usually alcoholic); "he ordered a second round"
[n] a regular route for a sentry or policeman; "in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name"
[n] the course along which communications spread; "the story is going the rounds in Washington"
[n] (in sports) a period of play during which one team is on the offensive
[n] an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs; "the neverending cycle of the seasons"
[adv] from beginning to end; throughout; "It rains all year round on Skye"; "frigid weather the year around"
[adj] (of numbers) to the nearest ten, hundred, or thousand; "in round numbers"
[adj] (of sounds) full and rich; "orotund tones"; "the rotund and reverberating phrase"; "pear-shaped vowels"
[adj] having a circular shape
[v] become round, plump, or shapely
[v] make round
[v] express as a round number; "round off the amount"
[v] bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state; "polish your social manners"
[v] attack verbally, in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
[v] pronounce with rounded lips
[v] wind around; move along a circular course
[v] be around; "Developments surround the town"; "The river encircles the village"

Webster (1913) Definition: Round, v. i. & t. [From Roun.]
To whisper. [obs.] --Shak. Holland.

The Bishop of Glasgow rounding in his ear, ``Ye are not
a wise man,'' . . . he rounded likewise to the bishop,
and said, ``Wherefore brought ye me here?''

Round, a. [OF. roond, roont, reond, F. rond, fr. L.
rotundus, fr. rota wheel. See Rotary, and cf. Rotund,
roundel, Rundlet.]
1. Having every portion of the surface or of the
circumference equally distant from the center; spherical;
circular; having a form approaching a spherical or a
circular shape; orbicular; globular; as, a round ball.
``The big, round tears.'' --Shak.

Upon the firm opacous globe Of this round world.

2. Having the form of a cylinder; cylindrical; as, the barrel
of a musket is round.

3. Having a curved outline or form; especially, one like the
arc of a circle or an ellipse, or a portion of the surface
of a sphere; rotund; bulging; protuberant; not angular or
pointed; as, a round arch; round hills. ``Their round
haunches gored.'' --Shak.

4. Full; complete; not broken; not fractional; approximately
in even units, tens, hundreds, thousands, etc.; -- said of

Pliny put a round number near the truth, rather than
the fraction. --Arbuthnot.

5. Not inconsiderable; large; hence, generous; free; as, a
round price.

Three thousand ducats; 'tis a good round sum.

Round was their pace at first, but slackened soon.

6. Uttered or emitted with a full tone; as, a round voice; a
round note.

7. (Phonetics) Modified, as a vowel, by contraction of the
lip opening, making the opening more or less round in
shape; rounded; labialized; labial. See Guide to
Pronunciation, [sect] 11.

8. Outspoken; plain and direct; unreserved; unqualified; not
mincing; as, a round answer; a round oath. ``The round
assertion.'' --M. Arnold.

Sir Toby, I must be round with you. --Shak.

9. Full and smoothly expanded; not defective or abrupt;
finished; polished; -- said of style, or of authors with
reference to their style. [Obs.]

In his satires Horace is quick, round, and pleasant.

10. Complete and consistent; fair; just; -- applied to

Round dealing is the honor of man's nature.

At a round rate, rapidly. --Dryden.

In round numbers, approximately in even units, tens,
hundreds, etc.; as, a bin holding 99 or 101 bushels may be
said to hold in round numbers 100 bushels.

Round bodies (Geom.), the sphere right cone, and right

Round clam (Zo["o]l.), the quahog.

Round dance one which is danced by couples with a whirling
or revolving motion, as the waltz, polka, etc.

Round game, a game, as of cards, in which each plays on his
own account.

Round hand, a style of penmanship in which the letters are
formed in nearly an upright position, and each separately
distinct; -- distinguished from running hand.

Round robin. [Perhaps F. round round + ruban ribbon.]
(a) A written petition, memorial, remonstrance, protest,
etc., the signatures to which are made in a circle so
as not to indicate who signed first. ``No round
robins signed by the whole main deck of the Academy
or the Porch.'' --De Quincey.
(b) (Zo["o]l.) The cigar fish.

Round shot, a solid spherical projectile for ordnance.

Round Table, the table about which sat King Arthur and his
knights. See Knights of the Round Table, under Knight.

Round tower, one of certain lofty circular stone towers,
tapering from the base upward, and usually having a
conical cap or roof, which crowns the summit, -- found
chiefly in Ireland. They are of great antiquity, and vary
in heigh from thirty-five to one hundred and thiry feet.

Round trot, one in which the horse throws out his feet
roundly; a full, brisk, quick trot. --Addison.

Round turn (Naut.), one turn of a rope round a timber, a
belaying pin, etc.

To bring up with a round turn, to stop abruptly. [Colloq.]

Syn: Circular; spherical; globular; globase; orbicular;
orbed; cylindrical; full; plump; rotund.

Round, n.
1. Anything round, as a circle, a globe, a ring. ``The golden
round'' [the crown]. --Shak.

In labyrinth of many a round self-rolled. --Milton.

2. A series of changes or events ending where it began; a
series of like events recurring in continuance; a cycle; a
periodical revolution; as, the round of the seasons; a
round of pleasures.

3. A course of action or conduct performed by a number of
persons in turn, or one after another, as if seated in a

Women to cards may be compared: we play A round or
two; which used, we throw away. --Granville.

The feast was served; the bowl was crowned; To the
king's pleasure went the mirthful round. --Prior.

4. A series of duties or tasks which must be performed in
turn, and then repeated.

the trivial round, the common task. --Keble.

5. A circular dance.

Come, knit hands, and beat the ground, In a light
fantastic round. --Milton.

6. That which goes round a whole circle or company; as, a
round of applause.

7. Rotation, as in office; succession. --Holyday.

8. The step of a ladder; a rundle or rung; also, a crosspiece
which joins and braces the legs of a chair.

All the rounds like Jacob's ladder rise. --Dryden.

9. A course ending where it began; a circuit; a beat;
especially, one freguently or regulary traversed; also,
the act of traversing a circuit; as, a watchman's round;
the rounds of the postman.

10. (Mil.)
(a) A walk performed by a guard or an officer round the
rampart of a garrison, or among sentinels, to see
that the sentinels are faithful and all things safe;
also, the guard or officer, with his attendants, who
performs this duty; -- usually in the plural.
(b) A general discharge of firearms by a body of troops
in which each soldier fires once.
(c) Ammunition for discharging a piece or pieces once;
as, twenty rounds of ammunition were given out.

11. (Mus.) A short vocal piece, resembling a catch in which
three or four voices follow each other round in a species
of canon in the unison.

12. The time during which prize fighters or boxers are in
actual contest without an intermission, as prescribed by
their rules; a bout.

13. A brewer's vessel in which the fermentation is concluded,
the yeast escaping through the bunghole.

14. A vessel filled, as for drinking. [R.]

15. An assembly; a group; a circle; as, a round of
politicians. --Addison.

16. (Naut.) See Roundtop.

17. Same as Round of beef, below.

Gentlemen of the round.
(a) Gentlemen soldiers of low rank who made the rounds.
See 10
(a), above.
(b) Disbanded soldiers who lived by begging. [Obs.]

Worm-eaten gentlemen of the round, such as have
vowed to sit on the skirts of the city, let
your provost and his half dozen of halberdiers
do what they can. --B. Jonson.

Round of beef, the part of the thigh below the aitchbone,
or between the rump and the leg. See Illust. of beef.

Round steak, a beefsteak cut from the round.

Sculpture in the round, sculpture giving the full form, as
of man; statuary, distinguished from relief.

Round, adv.
1. On all sides; around.

Round he throws his baleful eyes. --Milton.

2. Circularly; in a circular form or manner; by revolving or
reversing one's position; as, to turn one's head round; a
wheel turns round.

3. In circumference; as, a ball is ten inches round.

4. From one side or party to another; as to come or turn
round, -- that is, to change sides or opinions.

5. By or in a circuit; by a course longer than the direct
course; back to the starting point.

6. Through a circle, as of friends or houses.

The invitations were sent round accordingly. --Sir
W. Scott.

7. Roundly; fully; vigorously. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

All round, over the whole place; in every direction.

All-round, of general capacity; as, an all-round man.

To bring one round.
(a) To cause one to change his opinions or line of
(b) To restore one to health. [Colloq.]

Round, prep.
On every side of, so as to encompass or encircle; around;
about; as, the people atood round him; to go round the city;
to wind a cable round a windlass.

The serpent Error twines round human hearts. --Cowper.

Round about, an emphatic form for round or about. ``Moses .
. . set them [The elders] round about the tabernacle.''
--Num. xi. 24.

To come round, to gain the consent of, or circumvent, (a
person) by flattery or deception. [Colloq.]

Round, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rounded; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To make circular, spherical, or cylindrical; to give a
round or convex figure to; as, to round a silver coin; to
round the edges of anything.

Worms with many feet, which round themselves into
balls, are bred chiefly under logs of timber.

The figures on our modern medals are raised and
rounded to a very great perfection. --Addison.

2. To surround; to encircle; to encompass.

The inclusive verge Of golden metal that must round
my brow. --Shak.

3. To bring to fullness or completeness; to complete; hence,
to bring to a fit conclusion.

We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our
little life Is rounded with a sleep. --Shak.

4. To go round wholly or in part; to go about (a corner or
point); as, to round a corner; to round Cape Horn.

5. To make full, smooth, and flowing; as, to round periods in
writing. --Swift.

To round in (Naut.) To haul up; usually, to haul the slack
of (a rope) through its leading block, or to haul up (a
tackle which hangs loose) by its fall. --Totten.
(b) To collect together (cattle) by riding around them, as
on cattle ranches

Round, v. i.
1. To grow round or full; hence, to attain to fullness,
completeness, or perfection.

The queen your mother rounds apace. --Shak.

So rounds he to a separate mind, From whence clear
memory may begin. --Tennyson.

2. To go round, as a guard. [Poetic]

They . . . nightly rounding walk. --Milton.

3. To go or turn round; to wheel about. --Tennyson.

To round to (Naut.), to turn the head of a ship toward the

Synonyms: around, assail, assault, attack, ball-shaped, beat, bout, brush up, bulblike, bulbous, capitate, circle, circle, circular, coccoid, cumuliform, cycle, daily round, discoid, discoidal, disklike, encircle, environ, fill out, full, global, globose, globular, inexact, labialise, labialize, lash out, moonlike, moon-round, nutlike, one shot, orbicular, orbiculate, orotund, pear-shaped, polish, polish up, rhythm, ring, ringlike, rotund, round down, round of drinks, round of golf, round off, round out, roundish, rung, snipe, spheric, spherical, stave, surround, turn, unit of ammunition

Antonyms: square

See Also: abuse, alter, ammo, ammunition, applause, articulate, barrage, bear, begird, blackguard, blister, bottom, bottom of the inning, call, carry, change, clapperclaw, clapping, claw, cloister, contain, course, criticise, criticize, crosspiece, cut of beef, disc, disk, enounce, enunciate, feeding chair, folding chair, form, gain, gird, girt, girth, go, golf, golf game, habitude, hand clapping, helping, highchair, hold, hone, interval, itinerary, locomote, move, partsong, path, path, perfect, period of play, phase, phase angle, pick apart, play, playing period, portion, pronounce, purse, put on, rip, rocker, rocking chair, rotating mechanism, round steak, rounded, route, rubbish, say, serving, shape, shout, side chair, sound out, straight chair, time interval, top, top of the inning, track, travel, twine, vitriol, whang, whip, wreath, wreathe

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