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Definitions of round

  1. from beginning to end; throughout; " It rains all year round on Skye"; " frigid weather the year around"
  2. a regular route for a sentry or policeman; " in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name"
  3. ( in sports) a period of play during which one team is on the offensive
  4. bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state; " polish your social manners"
  5. be around; " Developments surround the town"; " The river encircles the village"
  6. any circular or rotating mechanism; " the machine punched out metal circles"
  7. having a circular shape
  8. an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs; " the neverending cycle of the seasons"
  9. the usual activities in your day; " the doctor made his rounds"
  10. pronounce with rounded lips
  11. a charge of ammunition for a single shot
  12. ( of sounds) full and rich; " orotund tones"; " the rotund and reverberating phrase"; " pear- shaped vowels"
  13. the activity of playing 18 holes of golf; " a round of golf takes about 4 hours"
  14. ( 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"
  15. a crosspiece between the legs of a chair
  16. an outburst of applause; " there was a round of applause"
  17. 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"
  18. a cut of beef between the rump and the lower leg
  19. express as a round number; " round off the amount"
  20. a serving to each of a group ( usually alcoholic); " he ordered a second round"
  21. the course along which communications spread; " the story is going the rounds in Washington"
  22. ( sports) a period of play during which one team is on the offensive
  23. become round, plump, or shapely; " The young woman is fleshing out"
  24. attack in speech or writing; " The editors of the left- leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
  25. wind around; move along a circular course; " round the bend"
  26. ( of numbers) to the nearest ten, hundred, or thousand; " in round numbers"
  27. On all sides; around.
  28. To whisper.
  29. 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.
  30. Having the form of a cylinder; cylindrical; as, the barrel of a musket is round.
  31. 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.
  32. Not inconsiderable; large; hence, generous; free; as, a round price.
  33. Uttered or emitted with a full tone; as, a round voice; a round note.
  34. Outspoken; plain and direct; unreserved; unqualified; not mincing; as, a round answer; a round oath.
  35. 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.
  36. A course of action or conduct performed by a number of persons in turn, or one after another, as if seated in a circle.
  37. A series of duties or tasks which must be performed in turn, and then repeated.
  38. A circular dance.
  39. That which goes round a whole circle or company; as, a round of applause.
  40. Rotation, as in office; succession.
  41. The step of a ladder; a rundle or rung; also, a crosspiece which joins and braces the legs of a chair.
  42. 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.
  43. A general discharge of firearms by a body of troops in which each soldier fires once.
  44. Ammunition for discharging a piece or pieces once; as, twenty rounds of ammunition were given out.
  45. 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.
  46. The time during which prize fighters or boxers are in actual contest without an intermission, as prescribed by their rules; a bout.
  47. A brewer's vessel in which the fermentation is concluded, the yeast escaping through the bunghole.
  48. A vessel filled, as for drinking.
  49. An assembly; a group; a circle; as, a round of politicians.
  50. See Roundtop.
  51. Same as Round of beef, below.
  52. 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.
  53. In circumference; as, a ball is ten inches round.
  54. By or in a circuit; by a course longer than the direct course; back to the starting point.
  55. Through a circle, as of friends or houses.
  56. Roundly; fully; vigorously.
  57. 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.
  58. 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.
  59. To surround; to encircle; to encompass.
  60. To bring to fullness or completeness; to complete; hence, to bring to a fit conclusion.
  61. To go round wholly or in part; to go about ( a corner or point); as, to round a corner; to round Cape Horn.
  62. To make full, smooth, and flowing; as, to round periods in writing.
  63. To grow round or full; hence, to attain to fullness, completeness, or perfection.
  64. To go round, as a guard.
  65. To go or turn round; to wheel about.
  66. Full; complete; not broken; not fractional; approximately in even units, tens, hundreds, thousands, etc.; - said of numbers.
  67. 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.
  68. Full and smoothly expanded; not defective or abrupt; finished; polished; - said of style, or of authors with reference to their style.
  69. Complete and consistent; fair; just; - applied to conduct.
  70. Anything round, as a circle, a globe, a ring. The golden round [ the crown].
  71. 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.
  72. Same as of beef, below.
  73. From one side or party to another; as to come or turn round, - that is, to change sides or opinions.
  74. Circular; spherical; cylindrical, as a gun barrel; having a curved outline or surface; as, a round arch; a round cheek; whole; complete; as, a round dozen; going from and returning to the same place; as, a round trip; liberal; large; as, a round sum; easy and energetic in motion; as, a round pace; full in sound; as, the round tones of a voice; well- balanced; as, a round sentence; bold; outspoken; as, a round rebuke; approximately, divisible by ten as, round numbers.
  75. A circle, cylinder, or globe; a fixed course or route; a beat; as, a policeman's round; routine; as, the day's round of duties; a series of events, acts, etc.; as, a round of gaiety; a circular dance; a course of action in which a number of persons take part at one time; as, a round of cheers; one of a number of repeated actions; as, a round of whist; a simultaneous discharge of shots by each soldier or gun in a company or detail; ammunition needed for such a discharge; the rung of a ladder; a crossbar connecting the legs of a chair.
  76. To give a curved form to; travel or pass around; as, in sailing, to round a cape; to bring to completion; finish; as, to round out a plan; fill out smoothly or musically; as, to round out a sentence.
  77. To become curved, spherical, or circular in form; to wheel about; to grow full, complete, or perfect.
  78. On all sides, so as to encircle; as, the people gathered round; with a rotating motion; as, the wheel turns round; from one side or party to another; as, he came round to their belief; from person to person or point to point; as, not food enough to go round.
  79. About; on every side of; past so as to encircle.
  80. Roundly.
  81. Roundness.
  82. Circular.
  83. Circular: globular: cylindrical: whole: complete: plump: large: smooth: flowing: open: plain: positive: bold: brisk.
  84. In a round manner: on all sides: from one side or party to another: circularly.
  85. Around: on every side of: all over.
  86. 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 step of a ladder: a song or dance having a frequent return to the same point: a volley or general discharge of firearms: that in which a whole company takes part.
  87. To make round: to surround: to go round: to complete: to make full and flowing.
  88. To grow or become round or full: to go round.
  89. A circle or globe; regular course; step of a ladder; volley.
  90. Around; about.
  91. Circular; globular; cylindrical; plump; positive.
  92. On all sides; circularly.
  93. To make or become round or complete.
  94. To make or become round; go round; complete.
  95. Almost or quite circular, spherical, or cylindrical; not angular; curved.
  96. Free from fractions; also, divisible by ten, disregarding the smaller denominations.
  97. Something that is round, as a globe, ring, or cylinder; an orb; a sphere.
  98. A series of recurrent movements; a circuit; routine; melody in which several voices join at intervals.
  99. With a rotating motion.
  100. Through a circle or circuit.
  101. On every side of, or nearly so; in such a manner as to encircle.
  102. Having the form of a circle, arch, sphere, or cylinder; full; large; smooth; flowing; plain; candid; brisk; plump; positive; said of a number that ends with a cipher, and is divisible by ten.
  103. On all sides; circularly; from one side or party to another; not in a direct line.
  104. On every side of; about. To come or get round one, to gain advantage by flattery or deception.
  105. That which is round; a circle or a sphere; that which goes or passes round or the passage round; a recurring series; rotation; the step of a ladder; walk round of an officer or guard; beat; a short composition in three or more parts; a returning dance; a general discharge of fire- arms, in which each soldier fires once. A round of cartridges, one cartridge to each man. A round of beef, a cut of the thigh through and across the bone.
  106. To make round; to make circular, spherical, or cylindrical; to encircle; to move round or about; to make full, smooth, and flowing.
  107. To grow or become round; to go round. To round to, to turn to the wind.
  108. Circular; globular; smooth or flowing; not defective or abrupt; not inconsiderable; large; quick, as to travel at a round rate; bold.
  109. On all sides; every way; not in a direct line.
  110. On every side of; about; all over.
  111. A circle; a globe; a sphere; an action or passage in a circle returning to the point of commencement; a walk or circuit performed by a guard or an officer among sentinels; a revolution or rotation; the step of a ladder; a volley, as of firearms by troops; a short song or catch in parts returning to the same point in the performance.
  112. To make circular; to become round; to encircle; to make protuberant; to make full, smooth, and flowing.
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Quotes of round

  1. There's hope for everyone. That's what makes the world go round – Paul Auster
  2. The men and women cut their hair close round to the ears and eyes. The women, after the manner of the Parthians, cover their heads with a large white veil, folded together in the form of a crown. – Giraldus Cambrensis
  3. The world is round so that friendship may encircle it. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
  4. If the Almighty were to rebuild the world and asked me for advice, I would have English Channels round every country. And the atmosphere would be such that anything which attempted to fly would be set on fire. – Winston Churchill
  5. Today the theory of evolution is about as much open to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun. – Richard Dawkins
  6. I don't think there is anything owed to us. You've got to go out and work hard for every round win. – Larry Dixon
  7. Fashion goes round in circles. – Siobhan Fahey
  8. I'm very impatient. I am. That's the bane of my game. I don't think about what I'm going to do- I just go hit it, I don't stop to wait and think. Costs me two shots a round – Brett Hull
  9. I was a sort of son to Ike, and it was the other way round with Kennedy. – Harold MacMillan
  10. And I tell my audience, you know, give the real stars a round of applause. Because without them I'm nobody. So I learned so much from people like that. – Little Milton
  11. The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun. – George Orwell
  12. A character who is thought -out is not born, he or she is contrived. A born character is round a thought -out character is flat. – Rex Stout
  13. Circle are praised, not that abound, In largeness, but the exactly round – Edmund Waller
  14. First round of the tournament being a Major, I think the butterflies were a little different than that. – Karrie Webb
  15. Taught from infancy that beauty is woman's sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison. – Mary Wollstonecraft

Usage examples for round

  1. You will come round our way, won't you? – The White Peacock by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  2. He's a good- looking chap, and an all- round good man." – Patty's Social Season by Carolyn Wells
  3. We could go round by Lander's and back. – Masters of the Wheat-Lands by Harold Bindloss
  4. He can show you round – Bruce of the Circle A by Harold Titus
  5. Round to the left here. – The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates
  6. Hetty looked round but could see nothing of her brother or Ingleby. – Delilah of the Snows by Harold Bindloss
  7. He found Laramie at the hotel and set out to round up Sawdy. – Laramie Holds the Range by Frank H. Spearman
  8. And please, will you hand them round to the others, from me?" – The New Book Of Martyrs by Georges Duhamel
  9. I'll 'and it round in me 'and. – Harding's luck by E. [Edith] Nesbit
  10. He looked round him as if surprised. – The Beetle A Mystery by Richard Marsh
  11. We must know where we are in the world, Harry- what is all round about us, you know." – David Elginbrod by George MacDonald
  12. I might have known you'd come round when you found out for yourself what kind of a girl Cynthia was. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  13. Fielding turned sharply round upon him. – The Obstacle Race by Ethel M. Dell
  14. And the wall goes all round – A Hero of Liége by Herbert Strang
  15. Mr. Tapeall looked round – Old Kensington by Miss Thackeray
  16. I happened to be round that way this morning. – The Roll-Call by Arnold Bennett
  17. If you say so, I'll take you right round there. – Steve Yeager by William MacLeod Raine
  18. Jest turn round will ye? – The Panchronicon by Harold Steele Mackaye
  19. He went out and round to the window. – The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer
  20. So- he's been getting round her has he? – The Sisters-In-Law by Gertrude Atherton
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