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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Round \Round\, a. [OF. roond, roont, reond, F. rond, fr. L.
rotundus, fr. rota wheel. See Rotary, and cf. Rotund,
1. 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." --Shak.
Upon the firm opacous globe
Of this round world. --Milton.
2. Having the form of a cylinder; cylindrical; as, the barrel
of a musket is round.
3. 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." --Shak.
4. Full; complete; not broken; not fractional; approximately
in even units, tens, hundreds, thousands, etc.; -- said of
Pliny put a round number near the truth, rather than
the fraction. --Arbuthnot.
5. Not inconsiderable; large; hence, generous; free; as, a
Three thousand ducats; 'tis a good round sum.
Round was their pace at first, but slackened soon.
6. Uttered or emitted with a full tone; as, a round voice; a
7. (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, [sect] 11.
8. Outspoken; plain and direct; unreserved; unqualified; not
mincing; as, a round answer; a round oath. "The round
assertion." --M. Arnold.
Sir Toby, I must be round with you. --Shak.
9. Full and smoothly expanded; not defective or abrupt;
finished; polished; -- said of style, or of authors with
reference to their style. [Obs.]
In his satires Horace is quick, round, and pleasant.
10. Complete and consistent; fair; just; -- applied to
Round dealing is the honor of man's nature.
At a round rate, rapidly. --Dryden.
In round numbers, approximately in even units, tens,
hundreds, etc.; as, a bin holding 99 or 101 bushels may be
said to hold in round numbers 100 bushels.
Round bodies (Geom.), the sphere right cone, and right
Round clam (Zool.), the quahog.
Round dance one which is danced by couples with a whirling
or revolving motion, as the waltz, polka, etc.
Round game, a game, as of cards, in which each plays on his
Round hand, a style of penmanship in which the letters are
formed in nearly an upright position, and each separately
distinct; -- distinguished from running hand.
Round robin. [Perhaps F. round round + ruban ribbon.]
(a) A written petition, memorial, remonstrance, protest,
etc., the signatures to which are made in a circle so
as not to indicate who signed first. "No round robins
signed by the whole main deck of the Academy or the
Porch." --De Quincey.
(b) (Zool.) The cigar fish.
Round shot, a solid spherical projectile for ordnance.
Round Table, the table about which sat King Arthur and his
knights. See Knights of the Round Table, under Knight.
Round tower, one of certain lofty circular stone towers,
tapering from the base upward, and usually having a
conical cap or roof, which crowns the summit, -- found
chiefly in Ireland. They are of great antiquity, and vary
in heigh from thirty-five to one hundred and thiry feet.
Round trot, one in which the horse throws out his feet
roundly; a full, brisk, quick trot. --Addison.
Round turn (Naut.), one turn of a rope round a timber, a
belaying pin, etc.
To bring up with a round turn, to stop abruptly. [Colloq.]
Syn: Circular; spherical; globular; globase; orbicular;
orbed; cylindrical; full; plump; rotund.
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