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 for Round tower
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,
     roundel, Rundlet.]
     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.
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              Upon the firm opacous globe
              Of this round world.                  --Milton.
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     2. Having the form of a cylinder; cylindrical; as, the barrel
        of a musket is round.
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     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.
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     4. Full; complete; not broken; not fractional; approximately
        in even units, tens, hundreds, thousands, etc.; -- said of
        numbers.
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              Pliny put a round number near the truth, rather than
              the fraction.                         --Arbuthnot.
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     5. Not inconsiderable; large; hence, generous; free; as, a
        round price.
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              Three thousand ducats; 'tis a good round sum.
                                                    --Shak.
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              Round was their pace at first, but slackened soon.
                                                    --Tennyson.
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     6. Uttered or emitted with a full tone; as, a round voice; a
        round note.
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     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.
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     8. Outspoken; plain and direct; unreserved; unqualified; not
        mincing; as, a round answer; a round oath. "The round
        assertion." --M. Arnold.
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              Sir Toby, I must be round with you.   --Shak.
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     9. Full and smoothly expanded; not defective or abrupt;
        finished; polished; -- said of style, or of authors with
        reference to their style. [Obs.]
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              In his satires Horace is quick, round, and pleasant.
                                                    --Peacham.
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     10. Complete and consistent; fair; just; -- applied to
         conduct.
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               Round dealing is the honor of man's nature.
                                                    --Bacon.
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     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
        cylinder.
  
     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
        own account.
  
     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.]
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     Syn: Circular; spherical; globular; globase; orbicular;
          orbed; cylindrical; full; plump; rotund.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tower \Tow"er\, n. [OE. tour,tor,tur, F. tour, L. turris; akin
     to Gr. ?; cf. W. twr a tower, Ir. tor a castle, Gael. torr a
     tower, castle. Cf. Tor, Turret.]
     1. (Arch.)
        (a) A mass of building standing alone and insulated,
            usually higher than its diameter, but when of great
            size not always of that proportion.
        (b) A projection from a line of wall, as a fortification,
            for purposes of defense, as a flanker, either or the
            same height as the curtain wall or higher.
        (c) A structure appended to a larger edifice for a special
            purpose, as for a belfry, and then usually high in
            proportion to its width and to the height of the rest
            of the edifice; as, a church tower.
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     2. A citadel; a fortress; hence, a defense.
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              Thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower
              from the enemy.                       --Ps. lxi. 3.
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     3. A headdress of a high or towerlike form, fashionable about
        the end of the seventeenth century and until 1715; also,
        any high headdress.
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              Lay trains of amorous intrigues
              In towers, and curls, and periwigs.   --Hudibras.
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     4. High flight; elevation. [Obs.] --Johnson.
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     Gay Lussac's tower (Chem.), a large tower or chamber used
        in the sulphuric acid process, to absorb (by means of
        concentrated acid) the spent nitrous fumes that they may
        be returned to the Glover's tower to be reemployed. See
        Sulphuric acid, under Sulphuric, and Glover's tower,
        below.
  
     Glover's tower (Chem.), a large tower or chamber used in
        the manufacture of sulphuric acid, to condense the crude
        acid and to deliver concentrated acid charged with nitrous
        fumes. These fumes, as a catalytic, effect the conversion
        of sulphurous to sulphuric acid. See Sulphuric acid,
        under Sulphuric, and Gay Lussac's tower, above.
  
     Round tower. See under Round, a.
  
     Shot tower. See under Shot.
  
     Tower bastion (Fort.), a bastion of masonry, often with
        chambers beneath, built at an angle of the interior
        polygon of some works.
  
     Tower mustard (Bot.), the cruciferous plant Arabis
        perfoliata.
  
     Tower of London, a collection of buildings in the eastern
        part of London, formerly containing a state prison, and
        now used as an arsenal and repository of various objects
        of public interest.
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