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round

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adjective \rau̇nd\

Simple Definition of round

  • : shaped like a circle or ball

  • : shaped like a cylinder

  • : having curves rather than angles

Full Definition of round

  1. 1 a (1) :  having every part of the surface or circumference equidistant from the center (2) :  cylindrical <a round peg> b :  approximately round <a round face>

  2. 2 :  well filled out :  plump, shapely

  3. 3 a :  complete, full <a round dozen> <a round ton> b :  approximately correct; especially :  exact only to a specific decimal or place <use the round number 1400 for the exact figure 1411> c :  substantial in amount :  ample <a good round price — T. B. Costain>

  4. 4 :  direct in utterance :  outspoken <a round denunciation>

  5. 5 :  moving in or forming a circle

  6. 6 a :  brought to completion or perfection :  finished b :  presented with lifelike fullness or vividness

  7. 7 :  delivered with a swing of the arm <a round blow>

  8. 8 a :  having full or unimpeded resonance or tone :  sonorous b :  pronounced with rounded lips :  labialized

  9. 9 :  of or relating to handwriting predominantly curved rather than angular

round·ness play \ˈrau̇n(d)-nəs\ noun

Examples of round

  1. The baby has a round face.

  2. the owl's big, round eyes

  3. a shirt with a round collar



Origin of round

Middle English, from Anglo-French rund, reund, from Latin rotundus — more at rotund


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with round


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round

adverb

Simple Definition of round

  • : from beginning to end

Full Definition of round

  1. :  around

Examples of round

  1. <people working there all year round>

  2. <gather round and listen to my story>



14th Century

First Known Use of round

14th century


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round

noun

Simple Definition of round

  • : one of a series of similar events

  • : a series of similar actions, events, or things

  • : a regular series of activities

Full Definition of round

  1. 1 a :  something (as a circle, globe, or ring) that is round b (1) :  a knot of people (2) :  a circle of things

  2. 2 :  round dance 1

  3. 3 :  a musical canon in which each part begins on the same note and is continuously repeated

  4. 4 a :  a rung of a ladder or a chair b :  a rounded molding

  5. 5 a :  a circling or circuitous path or course b :  motion in a circle or a curving path

  6. 6 a :  a route or circuit habitually covered (as by a security guard or police officer) b :  a series of similar or customary calls or stops <making the rounds of his friends — Current Biography>; especially :  a series of regularly scheduled professional calls on hospital patients made by a doctor or nurse —usually used in plural

  7. 7 :  a drink of liquor apiece served at one time to each person in a group <I'll buy the next round>

  8. 8 :  a sequence of recurring routine or repetitive actions or events <went about my round of chores> <the newest round of talks>

  9. 9 :  a period of time that recurs in a fixed pattern <the daily round>

  10. 10 a :  one shot fired by a weapon or by each man in a military unit b :  a unit of ammunition consisting of the parts necessary to fire one shot

  11. 11 a :  a unit of action in a contest or game which comprises a stated period, covers a prescribed distance, includes a specified number of plays, or gives each player one turn b :  a division of a tournament in which each contestant plays an opponent

  12. 12 :  a prolonged burst (as of applause)

  13. 13 a :  a cut of meat (as beef) especially between the rump and the lower leg — see beef illustration b :  a slice of food <a round of bread>

  14. 14 :  a rounded or curved part

in the round
  1. 1 :  in full sculptured form unattached to a background

  2. 2 :  with an inclusive or comprehensive view or representation

  3. 3 :  with a center stage surrounded by an audience <a play presented in the round>

Examples of round

  1. <a round of steel to reinforce the wooden beam>

  2. <a busy round of parties during the holiday season>



14th Century

First Known Use of round

14th century


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round

verb

Definition of round

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to make round b (1) :  to make (the lips) round and protruded (as in the pronunciation of \ü\) (2) :  to pronounce with lip rounding :  labialize

  3. 2 a :  go around b :  to pass part of the way around

  4. 3 :  encircle, encompass

  5. 4 :  to bring to completion or perfection —often used with off or out

  6. 5 :  to express as a round number —often used with off <11.3572 rounded off to two decimal places becomes 11.36>

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 a :  to become round, plump, or shapely b :  to reach fullness or completion

  9. 2 :  to follow a winding course :  bend

round on
  1. :  to turn against :  assail



14th Century

First Known Use of round

14th century


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round

preposition

Simple Definition of round

  • : all during

Full Definition of round

  1. 1 :  around

  2. 2 :  all during :  throughout <round the year>

Examples of round

  1. <talked to voters round the city>



1602

First Known Use of round

1602


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round

verb

Definition of round

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  whisper

  3. 2 archaic :  to speak to in a whisper



Origin of round

alteration of Middle English rounen, from Old English rūnian; akin to Old English rūn mystery — more at rune


First Known Use: circa 1529


Medical Dictionary

round

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intransitive verb \ˈrau̇nd\

Medical Definition of round

  1. :  to go on rounds






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