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round1 [round]
adj.
[ME < OFr roont < L rotundus: see ROTUND]
1. shaped like a ball; spherical; globular
2.
a) shaped like a circle, ring, or disk; circular
b) shaped like a cylinder (in having a circular cross section); cylindrical
3. curved in shape like part of a sphere or circle
4. not angular; plump or stout
5. involving, or done in or with, a circular motion [a round dance]
6.
a) not lacking part; full; complete [a round dozen]
b) completed; perfected
7. 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 fractional
9. 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; straightforward
14. 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 cylindrical
2.
a) a rung of a ladder
b) a crossbar connecting the legs of a chair
3. the rounded part of the thigh of a beef animal, between the rump and the leg: see BEEF
4. movement in a circular course or about an axis
5. ROUND DANCE
6. 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 group
10.
a) a single shot from each of a number of rifles, artillery pieces, etc. fired together, or a shot from a single gun: cf. SALVO1
b) ammunition for a single shot; cartridge, shell, etc.
11. a single outburst, as of applause, cheering, etc.; salvo
12. a circular slice, as of bread
13. Archery a specified number of arrows shot at the target from a specified distance according to the rules
14. 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 minute
b) Golf a number of holes as a unit of competition, esp. eighteen
15. Music
a) 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 canon
b) [pl.] the ringing in sequence of a set of bells from the smallest to the largest, in change ringing
vt.
1. to make round: often with off
2. to deprive of angularity or make plump: usually with out
3. to express as a round number: usually with off
4. to complete; finish; perfect: usually with out or off
5. 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 course
8. Now Rare to encircle; surround
9. Phonet. to articulate with the lips forming a circular or oval opening
vi.
1. to make a complete or partial circuit; move in a curved or circular course
2.
a) to turn; reverse direction
b) to attack or oppose suddenly or unexpectedly; turn (on)
3. to become round or plump: often with out
4. 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 way
4. with a rotating or revolving movement
prep.
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.
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go the round or go the rounds
1. 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
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in the round
1. with the audience or congregation seated all around a central stage, altar, etc.: cf. ARENA THEATER
2. in full and completely rounded form, not in relief: said of sculpture
3. in full and realistic detail
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out of round
not having perfect roundness
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round about
1. in or to the opposite direction
2. in every direction around
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round in
Naut. to haul in on (a line)
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round to
Naut. to turn the bow of a vessel into the wind
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round up
1. to drive (cattle, horses, etc.) together; collect in a herd, group, etc.
2. Informal to gather, collect, or assemble
roundness
n.
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 tree
round2 [round]
vt., vi.
[ME rounen (+ unhistoric -d) < OE runian, to whisper: see RUNE]
Obs. to whisper (to)

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