/raʊnd / (say rownd)

1. circular, as a disc.
2. ring-shaped, as a hoop.
3. curved like part of a circle, as an outline.
4. having a circular cross-section, as a cylinder.
5. spherical or globular, as a ball.
6. rounded more or less like a part of a sphere.
7. free from angularity; curved, as parts of the body.
8. executed with or involving circular motion: a round dance.
9. completed by passing through a course which finally returns to the place of starting: a round trip.
10. full, complete, or entire: a round dozen.
11. forming, or expressed by, an integer or whole number (with no fraction).
12. expressed in tens, hundreds, thousands, or the like: in round numbers.
13. roughly correct: a round guess.
14. considerable in amount: a good round sum of money.
15. portrayed in depth, rather than in stylised or stereotyped fashion as a literary character.
16. full and sonorous, as sound.
17. vigorous, brisk, or smart: a round trot.
18. plain, honest, or straightforward.
19. candid or outspoken.
20. unmodified, as an oath; positive or unqualified, as an assertion.
21. (of paint) of good consistency (opposed to thin).
22. something round; a circle, ring, curve, etc.; a circular, ring-shaped, or curved object; a rounded form.
23. something circular in cross-section, as a rung of a ladder.
24. a completed course of time, a series of events, operations, etc.
25. any complete course, series, or succession.
26. (sometimes plural) a circuit of any place, series of places, etc., covered in a customary or predetermined way: the postman on his rounds.
27. a series (of visits, etc.).
28. a completed course or spell of activity, commonly one of a series, in some game, sport, competition, or the like.
29. a recurring period or time, succession of events, duties, etc.: the daily round.
30. a single discharge of shot by each of a number of guns, rifles, etc., or by a single piece.
31. a charge of ammunition for a single shot.
32. a distribution of drink, etc., to all the members of a company.
33. Obsolete a dance with the dancers arranged or moving in a circle or ring.
34. movement in a circle or about an axis.
35. a form of sculpture in which figures are executed apart from any background (contrasted with relief).
36. a standard cut of beef from the lower part of the butt, used for roasting or as steaks.
a. (of bread) a slice.
b. Chiefly WA a sandwich.
38. Archery a specified number of arrows shot from a specified distance from the target in accordance with the rules.
39. one of a series of periods (separated by rests) making up a boxing or wrestling match, etc.
40. Music
a. a part-song in which the several voices follow one another at equal intervals of time, and at the same pitch as the octave.
b. (plural) the order followed in ringing a peal of bells in diatonic sequence from the highest to the lowest.
41. Golf a complete circuit of a prearranged series of holes, usually the whole course of eighteen holes.
42. Cards a single turn of play by each player.
43. in a circle, ring, or the like, or so as to surround something.
44. on all sides, or about, whether circularly or otherwise.
45. in all directions from a centre.
46. Chiefly US in the region about a place: the country round.
47. in circumference: a tree 40 centimetres round.
48. in a circular or rounded course: to fly round and round.
49. through a round, circuit, or series, as of places or persons: to show a person round.
50. through a round, or recurring period, of time, especially to the present or a particular time: when the time rolls round.
51. throughout, or from beginning to end of, a recurring period of time: all the year round.
52. by a circuitous or roundabout course.
53. to a place or point as by a circuit or circuitous course: to get round into the navigable channel.
54. Chiefly US in circulation, action, etc.; about.
55. with a rotating course or movement: the wheels went round.
56. with change to another or opposite direction, course, opinion, etc.: to sit still without looking round.
57. so as to encircle, surround, or envelop: to tie paper round a parcel.
58. on the circuit, border, or outer part of it.
59. around; about.
60. in or from all or various directions from: to look round one.
61. in the vicinity of: the country round Geelong.
62. in a round, circuit, or course through.
63. to all or various parts of: to wander round the country.
64. throughout (a period of time): a resort visited all round the year.
65. here and there in: people standing round a room.
66. so as to make a turn or partial circuit about or to the other side of: to sail round a cape.
67. reached by making a turn or partial circuit about (something): the church round the corner.
68. so as to revolve or rotate about (a centre or axis): the earth's motion round its axis.
verb (t)
69. to make round.
70. to free from angularity or flatness; fill out symmetrically; make plump.
71. to frame or form neatly, as a sentence, etc.
72. to end (a sentence, etc.) with something specified.
73. to encircle or surround.
74. to make a turn or partial circuit about, as to get to the other side of: to round a cape.
75. to cause to move in a circle or turn round.
76. Phonetics to pronounce with the lips forming an approximately oval opening: `boot' has a rounded vowel.
77. Also, round off.
a. to increase or decrease (a number which has fractions or decimal points) to the nearest whole number: to round 94.89 up to 95; to round 94.30 down to 94.
b. (in currency transactions) to increase or decrease (an amount) to the nearest amount for which there is a coin or note.
verb (i)
78. to become round.
79. to become free from angularity; become plump.
80. to develop to completeness or perfection.
81. to take a circular course; make a circuit; go the round, as a guard.
82. to make a turn or partial circuit about something.
83. to turn round as on an axis: to round on one's heels.
84. go the rounds,
a. (of people) to make a series of visits.
b. (of gossip, information, etc.) to become generally known.
85. in the round, (of a play, concert, etc.) with the audience seated all around the stage.
86. round about, approximately: to take round about an hour.
87. round of applause, a single outburst of cheering, clapping, etc.
88. round off,
a. to bring to completeness or perfection; finish.
b. to increase or decrease (a number which has fractions or decimal points) to the nearest whole number.
c. (in currency transactions) to increase or decrease (an amount) to the nearest amount for which there is a coin or note.
89. round on (or upon), to attack, usually verbally, with sudden and often unexpected vigour.
90. round out, add more detail to; give finishing touches to.
91. round the bend (or twist), Colloquial insane.
92. round up, to collect (cattle, people, etc.) in a particular place or for a particular purpose.
93. the daily round, the ordered and habitual activities which one completes during a day.
{Middle English, from Old French rond, from Latin rotundus wheel-shaped}
roundish, adjective
roundness, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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