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Dictionary Definition

round adj
1 having a circular shape [syn: circular] [ant: square]
2 (of sounds) full and rich; "orotund tones"; "the rotund and reverberating phrase"; "pear-shaped vowels" [syn: orotund, rotund, pear-shaped]
3 (of numbers) to the nearest ten, hundred, or thousand; "in round numbers"


1 a charge of ammunition for a single shot [syn: unit of ammunition, one shot]
2 an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs; "the neverending cycle of the seasons" [syn: cycle, rhythm]
3 a regular route for a sentry or policeman; "in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name" [syn: beat]
4 (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"
5 the activity of playing 18 holes of golf; "a round of golf takes about 4 hours" [syn: round of golf]
6 the usual activities in your day; "the doctor made his rounds" [syn: daily round]
7 (sports) a period of play during which one team is on the offensive [syn: turn, bout]
8 the course along which communications spread; "the story is going the rounds in Washington"
9 a serving to each of a group (usually alcoholic); "he ordered a second round" [syn: round of drinks]
10 a cut of beef between the rump and the lower leg
11 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" [syn: troll]
12 an outburst of applause; "there was a round of applause"
13 a crosspiece between the legs of a chair [syn: rung, stave]
14 any circular or rotating mechanism; "the machine punched out metal circles" [syn: circle] adv : from beginning to end; throughout; "It rains all year round on Skye"; "frigid weather the year around" [syn: around]


1 wind around; move along a circular course; "round the bend"
2 make round; "round the edges" [syn: round out, round off]
3 be around; "Developments surround the town"; "The river encircles the village" [syn: surround, environ, encircle, circle, ring]
4 pronounce with rounded lips [syn: labialize, labialise]
5 attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker" [syn: attack, assail, lash out, snipe, assault]
6 bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state; "polish your social manners" [syn: polish, round off, polish up, brush up]
7 express as a round number; "round off the amount" [syn: round off, round down, round out]
8 become round, plump, or shapely; "The young woman is fleshing out" [syn: flesh out, fill out]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK & US) /ˈɹaʊnd/, /"raUnd/
  • Rhymes with: -aʊnd

Etymology 1

From rond-, rund- ( > French rond), representing an earlier *rodond, from Latin rotundus ( > Italian rotondo, Provençal redon, Spanish redondo etc.). The noun developed partly from the adjective and partly from the corresponding French noun rond. Compare rotund.


  1. Circular or cylindrical; having a circular cross-section in one direction.
    We sat at a round table to make conversation easier.
  2. Spherical; shaped like a ball; having a circular cross-section in more than one direction.
    The ancient Egyptian demonstrated that the Earth is round, not flat.
  3. Lacking sharp angles; having gentle curves.
    Our child's bed has round corners for safety.
  4. Plump
  5. Complete, whole, not lacking.
    The baker sold us a round dozen.
  6. Of a number that has been rounded off or approximated.
    One hundred is a nice round number.
  7. Pronounced with the mouth open in the shape of an "O".
circular or cylindrical
  • Chinese: , (yuán)
  • Czech: kulatý
  • Finnish: pyöreä
  • French: rond, ronde
  • German: rund
  • Japanese: 丸い (まるい, marui)
  • Latin: rotundus
  • Lithuanian: apvalus
  • Russian: круглый
  • Slovene: okrogel , okrogla , okroglo
  • Spanish: redondo, circular
  • Czech: kulatý
  • Finnish: pyöreä
  • French: rond, ronde
  • German: rund
  • Japanese: 丸い (まるい, marui)
  • Latin: globōsus
  • Lithuanian: apvalus
  • Russian: круглый
  • Slovene: okrogel , okrogla , okroglo
  • Spanish: redondo, esférico
of corners that lack sharp angles
complete, not lacking
  • Chinese: , (yuán)
  • Finnish: pyöreä, täysi
  • German: rund
  • Latin: rotundus
  • Russian: полный
  • Spanish: redondo , redonda
of a number that has been rounded off
  • Czech: kulatý
  • Finnish: pyöreä, pyöristää
  • German: rund
  • Lithuanian: suapvalintas
  • Russian: круглый
pronounced with the mouth in the shape of an "O"
  • Finnish: pyöreä
Derived terms


  1. A circular object.
  2. A circular or repetitious route; hospital rounds.
    The guards have started their rounds; the prisoner should be caught soon.
  3. An outburst of a certain event. For example, a round of applause.
  4. A song that is sung by groups of people with each subset of people starting at a different time.
  5. A serving of something; a dishing out of one of something to everybody, as in a round of drinks.
  6. A long-bristled, circular-headed paintbrush used in oil and acrylic painting.
  7. A bullet, or any individual ammunition shell.
  8. A period of time in a boxing match in which boxers are permitted to fight before being signaled to returned to their designated corner.
  9. In the context of "engineering|drafting|CAD": A rounded relief or cut at an edge, especially an outside edge, added for a finished appearance and to break sharp edges.
  • (rounded outside edge): fillet
circular object
  • Finnish: ympyrä
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: خڕ
circular or repetitious route
  • Finnish: kierros
  • Russian: обход
  • Slovene: obhod
  • Finnish: "other structures used"
  • Finnish: kierros
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: جه‌م
  • Slovene: runda
circular paintbrush
individual ammunition shell
  • Finnish: patruuna, ammus
period in a boxing match
Derived terms


  1. Around.
    I look round the room quick to make sure it's neat looking.
on/to more than two sides




  1. To shape something into a curve.
    The carpenter rounded the edges of the table.
  2. To finish; to complete; to fill out.
    She rounded out her education with only a single mathematics class.
  3. To approximate a number, especially a decimal number by the closest whole number.
    Ninety-five rounds up to one hundred.
  4. To turn past a boundary.
    Helen watched him until he rounded the corner.
  5. To turn and attack someone or thing.
    As a group of policemen went past him, one of them rounded on him, grabbing him by the arm.
to shape into a curve
to round out
  • Finnish: suorittaa
to approximate a number
to turn past a boundary
to turn and attack

See also

Etymology 2

Old English rūnian.


  1. To whisper.

Extensive Definition

Round or rounds can mean:
round in German: Runde
round in Dutch: Runde
round in Japanese: ラウンド
round in Slovak: Kolo

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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honest, hook, hoop, hum, hump, hunch, implicit, in a circle, in a spin, in a whirl, in circles, in reverse, in the neighborhood, in the vicinity, inappealable, incurvate, incurve, indirect, indisputable, inflect, ingenuous, inning, innings, interval, itinerary, jack, jam-packed, jigger, jog trot, joker, jolt, judicial circuit, jurisdiction, just about, king, knave, knuckle, lap, lasso, leap, left bower, level, libation, limpid, line, lineage, logical circle, loin, loop, looplet, lucid, maelstrom, magic circle, make a circuit, march, mark, marshal, meandering, measure, mellifluous, mellow, monotone, most, muster, natural, near, nearby, neat, nexus, nigh, nip, noose, notch, nuance, oblique, on all sides, open, openhearted, opportunity, orb, orbicular, orbit, orbital, orbiting, orotund, out-and-out, out-of-the-way, outburst, outright, outspoken, over, overfull, overstuffed, pack, packed, packed like sardines, pair, pale, pas, path, peg, pellucid, pendulum, peremptory, perfect, period, periodicity, perspicuous, picture cards, pirouette, pitch, pivot, pivot about, place, plain, plain-spoken, plane, plate, plate piece, plateau, playing cards, plenary, plenum, point, polished, positive, pot roast, potation, potion, powder train, practically, precinct, precise, primrose path, progression, proportion, province, pull, pulse, pure, put about, queen, queue, rack, radius, range, rank, rat race, ratio, reach, ready to burst, realm, recurrence, recurve, red tape, red-tapeism, reel, refine, refined, reflect, reflex, relief, remove, replete, rest, restrained, reticulation, retroflex, return, reverberant, reverberating, revolution, revolve, rib roast, ribs, rich, ring, ring-shaped, ringlike, riser, road, roast, rolled roast, rondeau, rondelet, rondelle, rondino, rondo, rondoletto, rondure, rotary, rotate, rotation, rotund, rough, round a bend, round a corner, round a point, round about, round and round, round of drinks, round out, round trip, round up, roundabout, rounded, rounded out, roundel, roundelay, rounds, route, routine, row, royal flush, rubber, ruff, rump, rump roast, run, rundle, rung, rut, saddle, sag, satiated, saturated, saucer, say, scale, scope, screw, sea lane, sequence, series, shade, shadow, shank, shell, short ribs, shortcut, shot, shoulder, shoulder clod, simple, sincere, single file, singleton, sip, sirloin, skirt, sleek, slick, smooth, snifter, snort, soaked, sonorous, space, spades, spate, spectrum, spell, sphere, spherical, spheroid, spheroidal, sphincter, spin, spiral, spoke, spot, squirrel cage, stage, stair, standard, standing room only, stave, step, step stool, stepping-stone, stint, straight, straight-out, straightforward, string, stuffed, subdiscipline, succession, suck, sup, surfeited, surge, surround, swag, swath, sweep, swig, swill, swing, swing round, swirl, swivel, swollen, systole, tasteful, tenderloin, terse, thesis, thread, through, throughout, tier, time, time at bat, topful, total, tour, track, trade route, train, traject, trajectory, trajet, transparent, tread, treadmill, trey, trick, trim, troll, trump, truthful, turn, turn a corner, turn a pirouette, turn about, turn around, turn round, turn tail, twirl, twist, unaffected, unchecked, uncircumscribed, unconditional, unconditioned, unconstrained, undoubting, unembellished, unequivocal, unguarded, unhampered, unhesitating, unlabored, unlimited, unmistakable, unmitigated, unqualified, unquestioning, unreserved, unrestrained, unrestricted, unvarnished, unwaivable, upbeat, utter, vault, veer, veer around, vibrant, vicious circle, volley, vortex, walk, wamble, well-nigh, well-worn groove, wet, whack, wheel, wheel about, whirl, whirlpool, whirlwind, whole, widdershins, wind, windrow, without exception, without reserve, wrangle, wreath
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