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plural -s
: a handle by which the bed of a hand printing press is run in under the platen and out again
also : the whole apparatus for moving the bed under the platen


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intransitive verb

: to be agitated : flounce around : fuss
mother is kind of rouncing round, all rightSinclair Lewis

Word History



Dutch rondse, rons, probably from rond round, from Middle French, from Old French roont (feminine roonde)

Intransitive verb

origin unknown

First Known Use


1683, in the meaning defined above

Intransitive Verb

circa 1500, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rounce was circa 1500

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“Rounce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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