What does round mean?

Definitions for round

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word round.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. round, unit of ammunition, one shotnoun

    a charge of ammunition for a single shot

  2. cycle, rhythm, roundnoun

    an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs

    "the never-ending cycle of the seasons"

  3. beat, roundnoun

    a regular route for a sentry or policeman

    "in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name"

  4. roundnoun

    (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. round of golf, roundnoun

    the activity of playing 18 holes of golf

    "a round of golf takes about 4 hours"

  6. round, daily roundnoun

    the usual activities in your day

    "the doctor made his rounds"

  7. turn, bout, roundnoun

    (sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive

  8. roundnoun

    the course along which communications spread

    "the story is going the rounds in Washington"

  9. round, round of drinksnoun

    a serving to each of a group (usually alcoholic)

    "he ordered a second round"

  10. roundnoun

    a cut of beef between the rump and the lower leg

  11. round, trollnoun

    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"

  12. roundnoun

    an outburst of applause

    "there was a round of applause"

  13. rung, round, stavenoun

    a crosspiece between the legs of a chair

  14. circle, roundadjective

    any circular or rotating mechanism

    "the machine punched out metal circles"

  15. round, circularadjective

    having a circular shape

  16. orotund, rotund, round, pear-shapedadjective

    (of sounds) full and rich

    "orotund tones"; "the rotund and reverberating phrase"; "pear-shaped vowels"

  17. roundverb

    (mathematics) expressed to the nearest integer, ten, hundred, or thousand

    "in round numbers"

  18. roundverb

    wind around; move along a circular course

    "round the bend"

  19. round, round out, round offverb

    make round

    "round the edges"

  20. round, labialize, labialiseverb

    pronounce with rounded lips

  21. attack, round, assail, lash out, snipe, assaultverb

    attack in speech or writing

    "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"

  22. polish, round, round off, polish up, brush upverb

    bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state

    "polish your social manners"

  23. round off, round down, round out, roundverb

    express as a round number

    "round off the amount"

  24. round, flesh out, fill outadverb

    become round, plump, or shapely

    "The young woman is fleshing out"

  25. round, aroundadverb

    from beginning to end; throughout

    "It rains all year round on Skye"; "frigid weather the year around"


  1. Roundnoun

    Hence: A complete set of plays in a game or contest covering a standard number of individual plays or parts; as, a round of golf; a round of tennis.

  2. Roundnoun

    Hence: One set of games in a tournament.

  3. Roundnoun

    (Mil.) (a) A walk performed by a guard or an officer round the rampart of a garrison, or among sentinels, to see that the sentinels are faithful and all things safe; also, the guard or officer, with his attendants, who performs this duty; -- usually in the plural. (b) A general discharge of firearms by a body of troops in which each soldier fires once. (c) One piece of ammunition for a firearm, used by discharging one piece at a time; as, each soldier carried a hundred rounds of ammunition.


  1. roundpreposition

    Contraction of around.

    Etymology: From rounen, from runian, from rūnōnan, from (e)rewə-. Cognate with roun, runen, ruinen, raunen, run, röna. More at rune.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Round

    to whisper

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  2. Roundadjective

    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

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  3. Roundadjective

    having the form of a cylinder; cylindrical; as, the barrel of a musket is round

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  4. Roundadjective

    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

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  5. Roundadjective

    full; complete; not broken; not fractional; approximately in even units, tens, hundreds, thousands, etc.; -- said of numbers

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  6. Roundadjective

    not inconsiderable; large; hence, generous; free; as, a round price

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  7. Roundadjective

    uttered or emitted with a full tone; as, a round voice; a round note

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  8. Roundadjective

    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, / 11

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  9. Roundadjective

    outspoken; plain and direct; unreserved; unqualified; not mincing; as, a round answer; a round oath

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  10. Roundadjective

    full and smoothly expanded; not defective or abrupt; finished; polished; -- said of style, or of authors with reference to their style

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  11. Roundadjective

    complete and consistent; fair; just; -- applied to conduct

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  12. Roundnoun

    anything round, as a circle, a globe, a ring. "The golden round" [the crown]

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  13. Roundnoun

    a series of changes or events ending where it began; a series of like events recurring in continuance; a cycle; a periodical revolution; as, the round of the seasons; a round of pleasures

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  14. Roundnoun

    a course of action or conduct performed by a number of persons in turn, or one after another, as if seated in a circle

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  15. Roundnoun

    a series of duties or tasks which must be performed in turn, and then repeated

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  16. Roundnoun

    a circular dance

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  17. Roundnoun

    that which goes round a whole circle or company; as, a round of applause

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  18. Roundnoun

    rotation, as in office; succession

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  19. Roundnoun

    the step of a ladder; a rundle or rung; also, a crosspiece which joins and braces the legs of a chair

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  20. Roundnoun

    a course ending where it began; a circuit; a beat; especially, one freguently or regulary traversed; also, the act of traversing a circuit; as, a watchman's round; the rounds of the postman

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  21. Roundnoun

    a walk performed by a guard or an officer round the rampart of a garrison, or among sentinels, to see that the sentinels are faithful and all things safe; also, the guard or officer, with his attendants, who performs this duty; -- usually in the plural

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  22. Roundnoun

    a general discharge of firearms by a body of troops in which each soldier fires once

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  23. Roundnoun

    ammunition for discharging a piece or pieces once; as, twenty rounds of ammunition were given out

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  24. Roundnoun

    a short vocal piece, resembling a catch in which three or four voices follow each other round in a species of canon in the unison

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  25. Roundnoun

    the time during which prize fighters or boxers are in actual contest without an intermission, as prescribed by their rules; a bout

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  26. Roundnoun

    a brewer's vessel in which the fermentation is concluded, the yeast escaping through the bunghole

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  27. Roundnoun

    a vessel filled, as for drinking

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  28. Roundnoun

    an assembly; a group; a circle; as, a round of politicians

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  29. Roundnoun

    see Roundtop

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  30. Roundnoun

    same as Round of beef, below

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  31. Roundadverb

    on all sides; around

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  32. Roundadverb

    circularly; in a circular form or manner; by revolving or reversing one's position; as, to turn one's head round; a wheel turns round

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  33. Roundadverb

    in circumference; as, a ball is ten inches round

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  34. Roundadverb

    from one side or party to another; as to come or turn round, -- that is, to change sides or opinions

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  35. Roundadverb

    by or in a circuit; by a course longer than the direct course; back to the starting point

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  36. Roundadverb

    through a circle, as of friends or houses

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  37. Roundadverb

    roundly; fully; vigorously

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  38. Round

    on every side of, so as to encompass or encircle; around; about; as, the people atood round him; to go round the city; to wind a cable round a windlass

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  39. Roundverb

    to make circular, spherical, or cylindrical; to give a round or convex figure to; as, to round a silver coin; to round the edges of anything

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  40. Roundverb

    to surround; to encircle; to encompass

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  41. Roundverb

    to bring to fullness or completeness; to complete; hence, to bring to a fit conclusion

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  42. Roundverb

    to go round wholly or in part; to go about (a corner or point); as, to round a corner; to round Cape Horn

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  43. Roundverb

    to make full, smooth, and flowing; as, to round periods in writing

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  44. Roundverb

    to grow round or full; hence, to attain to fullness, completeness, or perfection

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  45. Roundverb

    to go round, as a guard

    Etymology: [From Roun.]

  46. Roundverb

    to go or turn round; to wheel about

    Etymology: [From Roun.]


  1. Round

    A round is a musical composition in which two or more voices sing exactly the same melody, but with each voice beginning at different times so that different parts of the melody coincide in the different voices, but nevertheless fit harmoniously together. It is one of the easiest forms of part singing, as only one line of melody need be learned by all parts, and is part of a popular musical tradition. They were particularly favoured in glee clubs, which combined amateur singing with regular drinking. "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" is a well known children's round for 4 voices. Other examples are "London's Burning" and "Three Blind Mice". However, not all rounds are nursery rhymes. Serious composers who turned their hand to the round format include Thomas Arne, John Blow, William Byrd, Henry Purcell, and Louis Hardin. A round is a simple type of canon. A catch is a round in which a phrase that is not apparent in a single line of lyrics emerges when the lyrics are split between the different voices.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Round

    rownd, v.t. (Spens.) to address in a whisper. [A.S. runian, to whisper.]

  2. Round

    rownd, adj. circular: globular: cylindrical: whole: complete: plump: large: not inconsiderable, as a sum: whole, unbroken: smooth-flowing, continuous, as a sound: full, expressive: open: plain: positive: bold, brisk, without hesitation or delicacy, plain-spoken: candid, as a 'round unvarnished tale': severe: well turned, in a literary sense: periodic: (archit.) vaulted.—adv. on all sides: every way: circularly: in a revolution: from one side or party to another: not in a direct line, circuitously: in a round manner: from beginning to end.—prep. around: on every side of: all over.—n. that which is round: a circle or globe: a series of actions: the time of such a series: a turn: routine: revolution: cycle: an accustomed walk: a rundle or step of a ladder: a song or dance having a frequent return to the same point: a volley or general discharge of firearms, a single charge of ammunition for a musket or field-piece: that in which a whole company takes part, as a treat of liquor, &c.: prescribed circuit, as a policeman's round: the whole scope, as the round of science: one of a series, as rounds of applause: a bout in a boxing match: a brewer's vessel for holding beer while undergoing fermentation.—v.t. to make round: to surround: to go round: to complete: to make full and flowing: to encircle: to make a course round.—v.i. to grow or become round or full: to go round: to go the rounds, as a guard.—adj. Round′about, encircling: circuitous: indirect.—n. a horizontal revolving wheel on which children ride: a round-dance: a short jacket.—adv. Round′aboutly.—ns. Round′aboutness; Round′-all, an acrobatic feat.—adjs. Round′-arched, of a style characterised by semicircular arches; Round′-arm, in cricket, swinging the arm more or less horizontally; Round′-backed, having a round or curved back: round-shouldered; Round′-crest′ed, fan-crested.—ns. Round′-dance, a dance in a circle, or in which the couples wheel; Round′er, one that frequents a place: a tool for making an edge round: (pl.) an English game out of which base-ball grew, played with a small ball and a bat about two feet long.—adj. Round′-faced, having a round face.—ns. Round′-fish, the common carp: the shadwaiter; Round′hand, a style of penmanship in which the letters are well rounded and free; Round′head, a Puritan, so called in the time of Charles I. from the Puritan fashion of having the hair cut close to the head.—adj. Round′headed.—ns. Round′-house, in ships, a cabin or house on the after-part of the quarterdeck: on American railways, an engine-house; Round′ing, in bookbinding, the shaping the folded and sewed sheets into a convex form at the back; Round′ing-machine′, various machines for producing round forms, as a machine for sawing out circular heads for casks; Round′ing-plane, a woodworking tool for rounding the handles of rakes, &c.; Round′ing-tool, an instrument used in forging for rounding a rod: a kind of draw-plate in saddlery for shaping round leather straps; Round′-ī′ron, a plumber's tool for finishing soldered work.—adj. Round′ish, somewhat round.—ns. Round′ishness; Round′le (Spens.), a roundelay; Round′let, a little circle.—adv. Round′ly, in a round manner: fully: completely: boldly: openly: plainly: briskly: generally.—adj. Round′-mouthed (zool.), having a mouth without any lower jaw.—n. Round′ness, quality of being round, globular, or cylindrical: cylindrical form: fullness: smoothness of flow: plainness: boldness: a kind of muff.—n.pl. Round′-num′bers, an indefinite or approximate statement of a number, as a population, say, of 10,000.—v.t. Round′-ridge, to plough into round ridges.—ns. Rounds′man (U.S.), a policeman who acts as inspector; Round′-stone, small stones used for paving; Round′-tā′ble, the group of twelve knights, the bravest of all the throng, who form the centre of the mythical King Arthur's retinue, sitting with the king at a round table; Round′-top, a round platform at the mast-head.—n.pl. Round′-tow′ers, tall narrow circular towers tapering gradually from the base to the summit, found abundantly in Ireland, and occasionally in Scotland, now generally believed to be the work of Christian architects and built for religious purposes.—n. Round′-up, the forming of upward curves: the bringing together of all the cattle in a ranch: a finishing of an arrangement: the convexity of a deck.—adj. Round′-winged, having rounded wings, as some British moths.—n. Round′-worm, one of a class of worms (Nematoda) in which the body is elongated and more or less cylindrical, most of them parasitic—opposed to the flatworms or Plathelminthes, such as tapeworms and flukes.—Round about, in an opposite direction: an emphatic form of round; Round of beef, a cut of the thigh, through and across the bone; Round off, to finish completely; Round to, to turn the head of a ship to the wind.—All round, in all respects; Bring round (see Bring); Come round (see Come); Scold roundly, to bring to book. [O. Fr. roond (Fr. rond)—L. rotundusrota, a wheel.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. round

    To bear round up. To go before the wind.--To round a point, is to steer clear of and go round it.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. round

    A general discharge of fire-arms by a body of troops, in which each soldier fires once. Round of cartridges, one cartridge to each man; as, to supply a regiment with a single round, or with twelve rounds.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'round' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #998

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'round' in Written Corpus Frequency: #262

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'round' in Nouns Frequency: #982

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'round' in Verbs Frequency: #876

  5. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'round' in Adverbs Frequency: #83

  6. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'round' in Adjectives Frequency: #469

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of round in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of round in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of round in a Sentence

  1. Geraint Thomas:

    I thought it was better just to try to ride my own pace and limit my losses that way, rather than stay with them and blow up on the steepest bit at the end, maybe I should have tried to stay with them - it's just one of those days. I was hoping I'd come round a bit. On the last climb it was just a matter of staying there for as long as possible.

  2. Fire Protection Capt. Liz Brown:

    The threat (of a wildland fire) is there all year round. There are just peak periods when it's a little more dry and dangerous.

  3. Charles Haddon Spurgeon:

    A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on.

  4. Katherine Kirk:

    I think it might be my best (round) on the LPGA, i know I've had eight (birdies), but I don't know if I've had nine, so yeah, really happy with it.

  5. James Corbett:

    You become a champion by fighting one more round. When things are tough, you fight one more round.

Images & Illustrations of round

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  • rondAfrikaans
  • مُدَوَّر, دائرةArabic
  • круглы, кругBelarusian
  • кръгъл, кръгBulgarian
  • rodó, voltaCatalan, Valencian
  • zakončit, vrhnout, kulatý, zaokrouhlit, zahnout, obchůzka, kánon, kolo, rundaCzech
  • rund, gerundet, mollig, abgerundet, Kreis, Runde, Visite (doctor's round)German
  • στρογγυλεμένος, στρογγυλόςGreek
  • cirklaEsperanto
  • redondo, esférico, circularSpanish
  • مدور, گرد, دور, دایرهPersian
  • pyöreä, suorittaa, pyöristyä, ympäri, kiertää, täysi, pulska, pyöristää, päätös, pullea, koukata, ammus, erä, askelma, pyöristys, pyöristyslista, kierros, annos, pyörösivellin, patruuna, ympyrä, paisti, aplodit, kaanon, kuuriFinnish
  • complet, rond, arrondi, ronde, tournée, coup, éclat, épreuve, tour, round, canonFrench
  • cruinn, urcharIrish
  • cruinn, crom, cruinnich, cuairtScottish Gaelic
  • redondoGalician
  • lekerekített, megkerül, labiális, ajakkerekítéses, kerekített, lekerekít, kerekítHungarian
  • կլորել, կլորացնել, համայցArmenian
  • cirkla, cirklalaIdo
  • rotondo, tondo, cerchio, giro, scroscio, esplosione, mano, ciclo, pennello a testa tonda, imbottitura, carica, antiurto, bisello, piolo, circolo, salva, scoppio, canone, serie, girello, ripresa, lombo, smussaturaItalian
  • 丸い, 丸, ラウンド, 円Japanese
  • წრიულიGeorgian
  • 둥글다Korean
  • خڕ, جه‌مKurdish
  • rotundus, globōsusLatin
  • užapvalintas, suapvalintas, apvalusLithuanian
  • apaļšLatvian
  • whakaawhiwhi, tāwhe, porokawa, tōpuku, raunaMāori
  • кружен, кругMacedonian
  • ဝိုင်း, လုံးBurmese
  • rond, afgerond, mollig, dik, ronde, canonDutch
  • rundNorwegian
  • názbąsNavajo, Navaho
  • redondOccitan
  • okrągły, zaokrąglać, obchód, pocisk, runda, okrąg, krąg, koło, kolejka, nabójPolish
  • ګرد, غونډPashto, Pushto
  • arredondado, redondo, arredondar, rechonchudo, esférico, terminar, findar, virar, roliço, dobrar, rotundo, concluir, finalizar, acabar, virar-se contra, rodela, degrau, círculo, ronda, cânone, [[pincel]] [[redondo]], round, tempo, lombo, salva, rodada, dose, assalto, cargaPortuguese
  • radundRomansh
  • rotundRomanian
  • округлить, скруглять, округлый, округлять, круглый, полный, скруглить, огибать, обогнуть, закруглённый, кон, тайм, раунд, круг, обход, игра, партия, патронRussian
  • tundhuSardinian
  • круг, krugSerbo-Croatian
  • okrúhly, kruhSlovak
  • zaobljen, okrogel, zaobliti, zaokrožiti, runda, krog, obhodSlovene
  • rund, avrundad, runda, rundad, vända, runda av, allsidig, avrunda, golfrunda, omgång, kanon, rond, varv, patronSwedish
  • küresel, yuvarlak, tam, yumuşak, kurşun, mermi, raund, çemberTurkish
  • круглий, круг, колоUkrainian
  • xoeVietnamese
  • 回合Chinese

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