• WordNet 3.6
    • adj round (mathematics) expressed to the nearest integer, ten, hundred, or thousand "in round numbers"
    • adj round (of sounds) full and rich "orotund tones","the rotund and reverberating phrase","pear-shaped vowels"
    • adj round having a circular shape
    • adv round from beginning to end; throughout "It rains all year round on Skye","frigid weather the year around"
    • v round become round, plump, or shapely "The young woman is fleshing out"
    • v round make round "round the edges"
    • v round express as a round number "round off the amount"
    • v round bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state "polish your social manners"
    • v round attack in speech or writing "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
    • v round pronounce with rounded lips
    • v round wind around; move along a circular course "round the bend"
    • n round the usual activities in your day "the doctor made his rounds"
    • n round the activity of playing 18 holes of golf "a round of golf takes about 4 hours"
    • n round (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 round any circular or rotating mechanism "the machine punched out metal circles"
    • n round a charge of ammunition for a single shot
    • n round a crosspiece between the legs of a chair
    • n round an outburst of applause "there was a round of applause"
    • n round 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 round a cut of beef between the rump and the lower leg
    • n round a serving to each of a group (usually alcoholic) "he ordered a second round"
    • n round 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 round the course along which communications spread "the story is going the rounds in Washington"
    • n round (sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive
    • n round an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs "the never-ending cycle of the seasons"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

"He steered his balloon round the Eiffel Tower." "He steered his balloon round the Eiffel Tower."
Paring a Corner Round Paring a Corner Round
A small group gather round a cauldron in the woods A small group gather round a cauldron in the woods
Round Church in the IXth Century, Aix-la-Chapelle Round Church in the IXth Century, Aix-la-Chapelle
Brushes.—Red Sable, Round Brushes.—Red Sable, Round
Brushes.—Round Bristle Brushes.—Round Bristle
Brushes.—Round Pointed Brushes.—Round Pointed

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The chances of making two holes-in-one in a round of golf are one in 67 million
    • Round A brewer's vessel in which the fermentation is concluded, the yeast escaping through the bunghole.
    • Round A circular dance. "Come, knit hands, and beat the ground,
      In a light fantastic round ."
    • Round A complete set of plays in a game or contest covering a standard number of individual plays or parts; as, a round of golf; a round of tennis.
    • Round 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.
    • Round A course of action or conduct performed by a number of persons in turn, or one after another, as if seated in a circle. "Women to cards may be compared: we play
      A round or two; which used, we throw away."
      "The feast was served; the bowl was crowned;
      To the king's pleasure went the mirthful round ."
    • Round (Mil) A general discharge of firearms by a body of troops in which each soldier fires once.
    • Round 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.
    • Round A series of duties or tasks which must be performed in turn, and then repeated. "the trivial round , the common task."
    • Round (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.
    • Round A vessel filled, as for drinking; as, to drink a round od ale together.
    • Round (Mil) 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.
    • Round An assembly; a group; a circle; as, a round of politicians.
    • Round Anything round, as a circle, a globe, a ring. “The golden round” [the crown]. "In labyrinth of many a round self-rolled."
    • Round By or in a circuit; by a course longer than the direct course; back to the starting point.
    • Round 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.
    • Round Complete and consistent; fair; just; -- applied to conduct. "Round dealing is the honor of man's nature."
    • Round From one side or party to another; as to come or turn round, -- that is, to change sides or opinions.
    • Round Full and smoothly expanded; not defective or abrupt; finished; polished; -- said of style, or of authors with reference to their style. "In his satires Horace is quick, round , and pleasant."
    • Round Full; complete; not broken; not fractional; approximately in even units, tens, hundreds, thousands, etc.; -- said of numbers. "Pliny put a round number near the truth, rather than the fraction."
    • Round 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."
    • Round 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.""Upon the firm opacous globe
      Of this round world."
    • Round Having the form of a cylinder; cylindrical; as, the barrel of a musket is round .
    • Round In circumference; as, a ball is ten inches round .
    • Round (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, § 11.
    • Round 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."
    • Round On all sides; around. "'Tis time to look about .""Round he throws his baleful eyes."
    • prep Round 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."
    • Round (Mil) One piece of ammunition for a firearm, used by discharging one piece at a time; as, each soldier carried a hundred rounds of ammunition.
    • Round One set of games in a tournament.
    • Round (Mining, Tunneling) One work cycle, consisting of drilling blast holes, loading them with explosive, blasting, mucking out, and, if necessary, installing temporary support. ". . . Inco is still much more advanced than other mining companies. He says that the LKAB mine in Sweden is the closest rival. He predicts that, by 2008, Inco can reach a new productivity plateau, doubling the current mining productivity from 3,350 tonnes to 6,350 tonnes per person per year. Another aim is to triple the mine cycle rate (the time to drill, blast and muck a round ) from one cycle to three complete cycles per 24 hours."
    • Round Outspoken; plain and direct; unreserved; unqualified; not mincing; as, a round answer; a round oath. "The round assertion.""Sir Toby, I must be round with you."
    • Round Rotation, as in office; succession.
    • Round Roundly; fully; vigorously.
    • Round Same as Round of beef, below.
    • Round (Naut) See Roundtop.
    • Round That which goes round a whole circle or company; as, a round of applause.
    • Round 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."
    • Round The time during which prize fighters or boxers are in actual contest without an intermission, as prescribed by their rules; a bout.
    • Round Through a circle, as of friends or houses. "The invitations were sent round accordingly."
    • Round 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."
    • Round To go or turn round; to wheel about.
    • Round To go round wholly or in part; to go about (a corner or point); as, to round a corner; to round Cape Horn.
    • Round To go round, as a guard. "They . . . nightly rounding walk."
    • Round To grow round or full; hence, to attain to fullness, completeness, or perfection. "The queen your mother rounds apace.""So rounds he to a separate mind,
      From whence clear memory may begin."
    • Round 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."
    • Round To make full, smooth, and flowing; as, to round periods in writing.
    • Round To surround; to encircle; to encompass. "The inclusive verge
      Of golden metal that must round my brow."
    • v. i. & t Round To whisper. "Another rouned to his fellow low.""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 Uttered or emitted with a full tone; as, a round voice; a round note.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way round.
    • round Circular, or roughly so; plane, without angles, and having no axis much longer than any other.
    • round Having circular sections: as, round columns; round chambers. See round bodies, below.—
    • round Spherical; globular; compressed about a center; collected into a shape more or less exactly spherical.
    • round Without corners or edges; convex, not elongated, and unwrinkled; bounded by lines or surfaces of tolerably uniform curvature.
    • round Proceeding with an easy, smooth, brisk motion, like that of a wheel: as, a round trot.
    • round Well-filled; full; liberal or large in amount or volume: as, “good round sum,”
    • round Not descending to unworthy and vexatious stickling over small details.
    • round Not prevaricating; candid; open.
    • round Without much delicacy or reserve; plain-spoken: as, a round oath.
    • round Severe; harsh.
    • round Periodic; beginning and ending at the same position or state of things, and that without reversal of the direction of advance: as, a round journey.
    • round Filled out roundly or symmetrically; made complete in sense, symmetrical in form, and well-balanced in cadence; well-turned: said of a sentence or of literary style.
    • round Written, as a number, with one or more “round figures,” or ciphers, at the end. See round number, below.
    • round In anatomy and zoology: Circular; annular.
    • round Cylindric; terete.
    • round Rotund; globose or globular; spherical.
    • round In architecture, round-arched or-vaulted; characterized by the presence of round arches or a barrel-vault.
    • round A corruption of the word rondo, common in English music-books of the early part of the eighteenth century.
    • round In seal-engraving, a tool with a round bead-like end, used for purposes very similar to those of the bead-tool.
    • round Synonyms See roundness.
    • n round That which has roundness; a round (spherical, circular, cylindrical, or conical) object or group of objects; a round part or piece of something: as, a round of beef.
    • n round Specifically— A rung of a ladder or a chair, or any similar round or spindle-shaped piece joining side- or corner-pieces by its ends.
    • n round In architecture, a molding the section of which is a segment of a circle or of a curved figure differing but little from a circle.
    • n round In art, form rounded or curved and standing free in nature or representation; specifically, the presentation in sculpture of complete roundness, represented with its projection on all sides, as in nature, free from any ground, as distinguished from relief: used with the definite article, especially with reference to sculptures of human and animal figures.
    • n round A circle; a ring or coil; a gathering in a circle or company, as of persons.
    • n round A circuit of action or progression; a going about from point to point or from one to another in a more or less definite series; a range or course through a circle of places, persons, things, or doings: as, a round of travel or of visits; a round of duties or pleasures; the story went the rounds of the papers.
    • n round A fixed or prescribed circuit of going or doing, supposed to be repeated at regular intervals; a course or tour of duty: as, a policeman's or a sentinel's round; the rounds of postmen, milkmen, newsmen, etc.; a round of inspection by a military officer or guard.
    • n round A complete or continuous circuit or course; revolution or range from beginning to end, or without limit; sweep; scope; sphere: as, the rounds of the planets; the whole round of science.
    • n round A bout or turn of joint or reciprocal action; a course of procedure by two or more, either complete in itself, or one of a series with intermissions or renewals: as, rounds of applause; a round at cards; a round of golf (a course of play round the whole extent of the golfing-ground).
    • n round Specifically— In pugilism, one of the series of bouts constituting a prize-fight or a sparring-match. A round may last for a certain specified length of time, as three minutes, or until one of the combatants is down.
    • n round A bout of shooting, as at a target, in saluting, or in battle, either with firearms or with bows, in which a certain number of shots are delivered, or in which the participants shoot or fire by turns.
    • n round A bout of toast-drinking; the drinking of a toast or of a set of toasts by the persons round a table; also, a toast to be drunk by the company.
    • n round A bout of drinking participated in by a number of persons; a treat all round: as, to pay for the round.
    • n round In vocal music, a short rhythmical canon at the unison, in which the several voices enter at equal intervals of time: distinguished from a catch simply in not being necessarily humorous. Rounds have always been very popular in England. The earliest specimen is the famous “Sumer is i-cumen in,” which dates from the early part of the thirteenth century, and is the oldest example of counterpoint extant. Also called rondo, rota.
    • n round Same as round dance (which see, under I.).
    • n round Same as roundel.
    • n round Ammunition for a single shot or volley: as, to supply a marksman or a company with forty rounds.
    • n round In the manège, a volt, or circular tread.
    • n round A brewers' vessel for holding beer while undergoing the final fermentation.
    • round Roundly; vigorously; loudly.
    • round On all sides; so as to surround or make the circuit of. See round about, below.
    • round With a revolving or rotating movement or course; in a circular or curvilinear direction; around: as, to go round in a circle; to turn round and go the other way.
    • round In or within a circuit; round about.
    • round To or at this place or time through a circuit or circuitous course.
    • round In circumference: as, a tree or a pillar 40 inches round.
    • round In a circling or circulating course; through a circle, as of persons or things: as, there was not food enough to go round; to pass round among the company.
    • round In a complete round or series; from beginning to end.
    • round In all respects; for all purposes: also used adjectively: as, a clever all-round writer or actor; a good horse for all-round work.
    • round All around; in every direction.
    • round [About, prep.] On every side of; all round.
    • round On every side of; surrounding; encircling: as, the people stood round him; to put a rope round a post.
    • round Circuitously about: as, a ramble round the park; to sail round Cape Horn; a journey round the world.
    • round To give roundness or rotundity to; make circular, spherical, cylindrical, conical, convex, or curved; form with a round or curved outline: as, to round the edges of anything; the rounded corners of a piano or of a book.
    • round To fill out roundly or symmetrically; complete or perfect in form or substance.
    • round To fill out the circle or term of; bring to completion; finish off.
    • round To encircle; encompass; surround.
    • round To go, pass, or get round; make a course round the limit or terminus of: as, the ship rounded Cape Horn; to round the corner of a street.
    • round To finish completely; bring into a completed or perfected state.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world (behind Russia, Canada, China and the United States). It’s only 300,000 square miles smaller than the United States. Australia, India, Argentina, Kazakhstan and the Sudan round out the Top 10.
    • v.t Round rownd (Spens.) to address in a whisper.
    • adj Round rownd circular: globular: cylindrical: whole: complete: plump: large: not inconsiderable, as a sum: whole, unbroken: smooth-flowing, continuous, as a sound: full, expressive: open: plain: positive: bold, brisk, without hesitation or delicacy, plain-spoken: candid, as a 'round unvarnished tale': severe: well turned, in a literary sense: periodic:
    • adv Round on all sides: every way: circularly: in a revolution: from one side or party to another: not in a direct line, circuitously: in a round manner: from beginning to end
    • prep Round around: on every side of: all over
    • n Round that which is round: a circle or globe: a series of actions: the time of such a series: a turn: routine: revolution: cycle: an accustomed walk: a rundle or step of a ladder: a song or dance having a frequent return to the same point: a volley or general discharge of firearms, a single charge of ammunition for a musket or field-piece: that in which a whole company takes part, as a treat of liquor, &c.: prescribed circuit, as a policeman's round: the whole scope, as the round of science: one of a series, as rounds of applause: a bout in a boxing match: a brewer's vessel for holding beer while undergoing fermentation
    • v.t Round to make round: to surround: to go round: to complete: to make full and flowing: to encircle: to make a course round
    • v.i Round to grow or become round or full: to go round: to go the rounds, as a guard
    • n Round a horizontal revolving wheel on which children ride: a round-dance: a short jacket
    • adj Round rownd (archit.) vaulted
    • ***


  • Ivy Baker
    Ivy Baker
    “The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.”
  • Wayne Dyer
    “You can't choose up sides on a round world.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life, is rounded with a sleep. [The Tempest]”
  • Josephine Pollard
    Josephine Pollard
    “The wheel goes round and round, some are up and some are on the down, and still the wheel goes round.”
  • E. Joseph Cossman
    E. Joseph Cossman
    “Square meals often make round people.”
  • William Wordsworth
    “A day spent in a round of strenuous idleness.”


Go round in circles - If people are going round in circles, they keep discussing the same thing without reaching any agreement or coming to a conclusion.
Let the grass grow round your feet - If you let the grass grow round your feet, you delay doing things instead of taking action.
Millstone round your neck - A millstone around your neck is a problem that prevents you from doing what you want to do.
Round the bend - If someone has gone round the bend, they have stopped being rational about something. If something drives you round the bend, it irritates you or makes you angry.
Round the houses - If you go round the houses, you do something in an inefficient way when there is a quicker, more convenient way.
Square peg in a round hole - If somebody's in a situation, organisation, etc, where they don't fit in and feel out of place, they are a square peg in a round hole.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. roond, roont, reond, F. rond, fr. L. rotundus, fr. rota, wheel. See Rotary, and cf. Rotund roundel Rundlet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. roond (Fr. rond)—L. rotundusrota, a wheel.


In literature:

Giles kept starting the engine, but the wheels, instead of gripping, simply turned round and round, and sank deeper into the soil.
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
She sailed round and round it, but not a human being was seen there alive.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
My husband brought me home and then he turned 'round and went back to where the wedding was.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
The Emperor turned round and round before the mirror.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
She put it on the tip of her second finger and turned it round and round.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
It was Gourlay's own cob, which he used for driving round the countryside.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
They rowed all round and round the spot, but not a vestige of the captain did we see.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
As soon as they were efficient he unfastened the thongs round his companion's wrists and those round their feet.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
And Lily went on riding and Pa running after her, round and round and round.
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
Her hair clustered round her face like dark leaves round a pale rose.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde

In poetry:

She had nae sooner buskit hersel,
And putten on her goun,
But Edom o' Gordon and his men
Were round about the toun.
"Edom O'Gordon" by Henry Morley
Oh down at the tavern
the children are singing
around their round table
and around me still.
Did you hear what it said?
"Portrait Of An Old Woman On The College Tavern Wall" by Anne Sexton
'Fool,' I cried, 'while you spin round,
'Others grow wise, are praised, are crowned.'
Ever the same round road he trod,
'This is better: I seek for God.'
"Behind" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Or, sorrow-lost in paths that round and round
Circle old graves, its keen and vital breath
Should call to him within the yew's bleak bound
Of Life, and not of Death.
"The Rose" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Winter in the world it is,
Round about the unhoped kiss
Whose dream I long have sorrowed o’er;
Round about the longing sore,
That the touch of thee shall turn
Into joy too deep to burn.
"Meeting In Winter" by William Morris
She saw her brother Peterkin
Roll something large and round,
That he beside the rivulet
In playing there had found;
He came to ask what he had found,
That was so large, and smooth, and round.
"The Battle Of Blenheim" by Robert Southey

In news:

Get complete round-by-round scoreboards for golfer Alexander Noren on
The wheels on the bus go round and round.
Only $2 per round FREE round for 16 & under, Boy Scout s when card is filled.
The wheels of the bus are turning round and round more than ever in the Princeton School District.
Pierce County Votes Down Prop 1: Will The Wheels On The Bus Stop Going Round And Round.
Here is a round-by-round strategy assuming a 12-team, standard-scoring system.
Folks in Buffalo Go Round and Round About Ride's Restoration.
Riding the political carousel had some men tightly clinging to the poles proceeding up and down, and round and round until election's end.
Central Park 's iconic carousel may not be going 'round and 'round come next week.
The first round is done, and the second round brings with it some great matchups.
We didn't put the Mustang through one of Colt 's 10,000-round torture tests, but we did put 200 rounds through it in an hour, and we enjoyed every minute of it.
Vanderbilt cornerback believes he's 'first-round guy' while others see him going as high as third round More.
Get complete round-by-round scoreboards for golfer Javier Cordova on
Gather the scraps and re-roll, cutting more large rounds (for bottom crusts ) or smaller rounds (about 3 inches) to make the top crust .
FIRST ROUND OF NAIA SOCCER TOURNAMENT Cumberland will face Martin Methodist this Saturday in Pulaski, in the opening round pairings of the 2012 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship, as announced Monday afternoon by the national office.

In science:

This, the other way round, implies that the homeomorphy class of each orbit is determined not only by B(A)\ G , but also by Z (HA)\ G.
On the Gribov Problem for Generalized Connections
After t ∼ 2500M the solution becomes static up to round-off error.
Simple excision of a black hole in 3+1 numerical relativity
More precisely, for a given set of parameters (N , α), we generated random graphs in the microcanonical ensemble, with N vertices and L = N α/2 edges (L is rounded to the nearest integer value).
Core percolation in random graphs: a critical phenomena analysis
Therefore, x† is a dagger for any real x, but not the other way round.
A simple proof of \Sigma^1_3 correctness of K
One shows that, with non-zero probability, the rounded solution approximates the optimal solution.
Randomized Rounding without Solving the Linear Program