adj. round•er, round•est, n. adv. prep. v.
1) having a flat, circular form, as a disk or hoop
2) curved like part of a circle, as an outline
3) having a circular cross section, as a cylinder
4) spherical or globular, as a ball
5) shaped like part of a sphere; hemispherical
6) consisting of full, curved lines or shapes, as handwriting or parts of the body
7) executed with or involving circular motion
8) full or complete:
a round dozen[/ex]
9) math. noting, formed, or expressed by an integer or whole number with no fraction
10) math. expressed, given, or exact to the nearest multiple or power of ten:
in round numbers[/ex]
11) ample:
a round sum of money[/ex]
12) brought to completeness or perfection
13) fully delineated or developed, as a character in fiction
14) full and sonorous, as sound
15) straightforward, plain, or candid:
a round scolding[/ex]
16) any round shape or object
17) something circular in cross section, as a rung of a ladder
18) Sometimes, rounds. a completed course of time, series of events or operations, etc., ending at a point corresponding to that at the beginning
19) any complete course, series, or succession:
a round of talks[/ex]
20) Often, rounds. a going around from place to place, as in a habitual circuit:
a doctor's rounds[/ex]
21) a completed course or spell of activity, commonly one of a series:
a round of bridge[/ex]
22) a single outburst, as of applause or cheers
23) a single discharge of shot by each of a number of guns, rifles, etc
24) a single discharge by one firearm
25) a charge of ammunition for a single shot
26) a single serving, esp. of drink, to everyone present
27) movement in a circle or around an axis
28) coo a cut of beef from the thigh, below the rump and above the leg
29) mad a short musical canon at the unison, in which the voices enter at equally spaced intervals of time
30) spo a specified number of arrows shot from a specified distance from the target in archery
31) spo one of a series of three-minute periods making up a boxing match
32) spo a playing of a complete golf course
33) throughout or from the beginning to the end of a recurring period of time:
all year round[/ex]
34) Also, 'round. around
35) throughout (a period of time):
a resort visited round the year[/ex]
36) around:
It happened round noon[/ex]
37) to make round
38) to free from angularity; fill out symmetrically
39) to bring to completeness or perfection; finish (often fol. by off or out)
40) to make a turn or partial circuit around or to the other side of:
to round a corner[/ex]
41) to make a complete circuit of; pass completely around
42) phn
a) to make the opening at (the lips) relatively round or pursed
b) phn to pronounce (a speech sound, esp. a vowel) with rounded lips
43) math. to express as a round number, esp. to replace by the nearest multiple of 10, with 5 being increased to the next highest multiple (often fol. by off):
15,837 can be rounded off to 15,840[/ex]
44) to encircle or surround
45) to become round, plump, or free from angularity (often fol. by out)
46) to develop to completeness or perfection
47) to make a turn or a partial or complete circuit around something
48) to turn around as on an axis:
to round on one's heels[/ex]
49) math. to reduce the number of digits to the right of a decimal point by dropping the final digit and adding 1 to the next preceding digit if the digit dropped was 5 or more
50) navig. phv round to, to turn a sailing vessel in the direction from which the wind is blowing
51) phv round up
a) ahb. phv to drive or bring (cattle, sheep, etc.) together
b) phv to assemble; gather:
to round up all the evidence[/ex]
Etymology: 1250–1300; (adj.) ME ro(u) nd < OF, s. of ront, earlier reont < VL*retundus, for L rotundus (see rotund); (n.) ME, partly der. of the adj., partly < OF rond, ronde (der. of ront); (v.) ME, der. of the adj.; (adv. and prep.) ME, appar. aph. form of around round′ness, n. II
[[t]raʊnd[/t]] v. t. v. i. archaic
to whisper
Etymology: bef. 1000; ME rounen, OE rūnian, der. of rūn a secret, rune I

From formal English to slang. 2014.


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