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. ( of sounds) full and rich; " orotund tones"; " the rotund and reverberating phrase"; " pear- shaped vowels"
  12. the activity of playing 18 holes of golf; " a round of golf takes about 4 hours"
  13. ( 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"
  14. a crosspiece between the legs of a chair
  15. an outburst of applause; " there was a round of applause"
  16. 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"
  17. a cut of beef between the rump and the lower leg
  18. express as a round number; " round off the amount"
  19. a serving to each of a group ( usually alcoholic); " he ordered a second round"
  20. the course along which communications spread; " the story is going the rounds in Washington"
  21. ( sports) a period of play during which one team is on the offensive
  22. become round, plump, or shapely; " The young woman is fleshing out"
  23. wind around; move along a circular course; " round the bend"
  24. ( of numbers) to the nearest ten, hundred, or thousand; " in round numbers"
  25. On all sides; around.
  26. To whisper.
  27. 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.
  28. Having the form of a cylinder; cylindrical; as, the barrel of a musket is round.
  29. Not inconsiderable; large; hence, generous; free; as, a round price.
  30. Uttered or emitted with a full tone; as, a round voice; a round note.
  31. Outspoken; plain and direct; unreserved; unqualified; not mincing; as, a round answer; a round oath.
  32. 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.
  33. A course of action or conduct performed by a number of persons in turn, or one after another, as if seated in a circle.
  34. A series of duties or tasks which must be performed in turn, and then repeated.
  35. A circular dance.
  36. That which goes round a whole circle or company; as, a round of applause.
  37. Rotation, as in office; succession.
  38. The step of a ladder; a rundle or rung; also, a crosspiece which joins and braces the legs of a chair.
  39. 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.
  40. A general discharge of firearms by a body of troops in which each soldier fires once.
  41. Ammunition for discharging a piece or pieces once; as, twenty rounds of ammunition were given out.
  42. 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.
  43. The time during which prize fighters or boxers are in actual contest without an intermission, as prescribed by their rules; a bout.
  44. A brewer's vessel in which the fermentation is concluded, the yeast escaping through the bunghole.
  45. A vessel filled, as for drinking.
  46. An assembly; a group; a circle; as, a round of politicians.
  47. See Roundtop.
  48. Same as Round of beef, below.
  49. 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.
  50. In circumference; as, a ball is ten inches round.
  51. By or in a circuit; by a course longer than the direct course; back to the starting point.
  52. Through a circle, as of friends or houses.
  53. Roundly; fully; vigorously.
  54. 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.
  55. 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.
  56. To surround; to encircle; to encompass.
  57. To bring to fullness or completeness; to complete; hence, to bring to a fit conclusion.
  58. To go round wholly or in part; to go about ( a corner or point); as, to round a corner; to round Cape Horn.
  59. To make full, smooth, and flowing; as, to round periods in writing.
  60. To grow round or full; hence, to attain to fullness, completeness, or perfection.
  61. To go round, as a guard.
  62. To go or turn round; to wheel about.
  63. Full; complete; not broken; not fractional; approximately in even units, tens, hundreds, thousands, etc.; - said of numbers.
  64. 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.
  65. Full and smoothly expanded; not defective or abrupt; finished; polished; - said of style, or of authors with reference to their style.
  66. Complete and consistent; fair; just; - applied to conduct.
  67. Anything round, as a circle, a globe, a ring. The golden round [ the crown].
  68. 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.
  69. Same as of beef, below.
  70. From one side or party to another; as to come or turn round, - that is, to change sides or opinions.
  71. 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.
  72. 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.
  73. 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.
  74. To become curved, spherical, or circular in form; to wheel about; to grow full, complete, or perfect.
  75. 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.
  76. About; on every side of; past so as to encircle.
  77. Roundly.
  78. Roundness.
  79. Circular: globular: cylindrical: whole: complete: plump: large: smooth: flowing: open: plain: positive: bold: brisk.
  80. In a round manner: on all sides: from one side or party to another: circularly.
  81. Around: on every side of: all over.
  82. 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.
  83. To make round: to surround: to go round: to complete: to make full and flowing.
  84. To grow or become round or full: to go round.
  85. A circle or globe; regular course; step of a ladder; volley.
  86. Around; about.
  87. Circular; globular; cylindrical; plump; positive.
  88. On all sides; circularly.
  89. To make or become round or complete.
  90. To make or become round; go round; complete.
  91. Almost or quite circular, spherical, or cylindrical; not angular; curved.
  92. Free from fractions; also, divisible by ten, disregarding the smaller denominations.
  93. Something that is round, as a globe, ring, or cylinder; an orb; a sphere.
  94. A series of recurrent movements; a circuit; routine; melody in which several voices join at intervals.
  95. With a rotating motion.
  96. Through a circle or circuit.
  97. On every side of, or nearly so; in such a manner as to encircle.
  98. 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.
  99. On all sides; circularly; from one side or party to another; not in a direct line.
  100. On every side of; about. To come or get round one, to gain advantage by flattery or deception.
  101. 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.
  102. To make round; to make circular, spherical, or cylindrical; to encircle; to move round or about; to make full, smooth, and flowing.
  103. To grow or become round; to go round. To round to, to turn to the wind.
  104. Circular; globular; smooth or flowing; not defective or abrupt; not inconsiderable; large; quick, as to travel at a round rate; bold.
  105. On all sides; every way; not in a direct line.
  106. On every side of; about; all over.
  107. 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.
  108. To make circular; to become round; to encircle; to make protuberant; to make full, smooth, and flowing.

Usage examples for round

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