Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a charge of ammunition for a single shot
  2. (noun, time) an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs
  3. (noun, location) a regular route for a sentry or policeman
  4. (noun, act) (often plural) a series of professional calls (usually in a set order)
    the postman's rounds
    we enjoyed our round of the local bars
  5. (noun, act) the activity of playing 18 holes of golf
  6. (noun, act) the usual activities in your day
  7. (noun, time) (sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive
  8. (noun, object) the course along which communications spread
  9. (noun, food) a serving to each of a group (usually alcoholic)
  10. (noun, food) a cut of beef between the rump and the lower leg
  11. (noun, communication) 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
  12. (noun, communication) an outburst of applause
  13. (noun, artifact) a crosspiece between the legs of a chair
  14. (noun, artifact) any circular or rotating mechanism
  15. (verb, motion) wind around; move along a circular course
  16. (verb, change) make round
  17. (verb, communication) pronounce with rounded lips
  18. (verb, communication) attack in speech or writing
  19. (verb, change) bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state
  20. (verb, change) express as a round number
  21. (verb, body) become round, plump, or shapely
  22. (adj, all) having a circular shape
  23. (adj, all) (of sounds) full and rich
    the rotund and reverberating phrase
    pear-shaped vowels
  24. (adj, all) (mathematics) expressed to the nearest integer, ten, hundred, or thousand
  25. (adv, all) from beginning to end; throughout
    frigid weather the year around

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Antonyms of Round


Origin of the word Round

  1. c.1290, from Anglo-Fr. rounde, O.Fr. roont, probably originally *redond, from V.L. *retundus (cf. Prov. redon, Sp. redondo, O.It. ritondo), from L. rotundus "like a wheel, circular, round," related to rota "wheel" (see rotary). The O.Fr. word is the source of M.Du. ront (Du. rond), M.H.G. runt (… more
  2. early 14c., "a spherical body," from round (adj.) (cf. Du. rond, Dan., Swed. rund, Ger. runde, all n. from adj.). Meaning "large round piece of beef" is recorded from 1650s. Theatrical sense (in phrase in the round) is recorded from 1944. Sense of "circuit performed by a sentinel" is from 1598; that of "recurring course of time" is from 1710. Meaning… more
  3. late 14c., "to make round," from round (adj.). Meaning "to approximate a number" is from 1934. Round up "to collect in a mass" is from 1615; specifically of livestock from 1847; round-up (n.) "cattle drive" is from 1873; more

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