round

Round things are either shaped like circles or have curves, like a baby's round belly or a round basketball.

A cookie is usually round, and so is Santa Claus. When you use round as a verb, it means to form something into a circular or spherical shape: "Round the dough and then press it into the pan." In math, round means to go up or down to the nearest whole number: "Round the bill up before you figure out how much to tip your server." The Latin root, rotundus, means "like a wheel."

Primary Meanings of round

1.
adjnv
having a circular shape
any circular or rotating mechanism
make round
2.
nadv
an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs
from beginning to end; throughout
3.
n
a regular route for a sentry or policeman
4.
adjv
(mathematics) expressed to the nearest integer, ten, hundred, or thousand
bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state
5.
adj
(of sounds) full and rich
6.
n
a crosspiece between the legs of a chair
7.
v
attack in speech or writing
Full Definitions of round
1

adj having a circular shape

Synonyms:
circular
apple-shaped
having the general shape of an apple
ball-shaped, global, globose, globular, orbicular, spheric, spherical
having the shape of a sphere or ball
barrel-shaped
having the general shape of a barrel
bulb-shaped, bulblike, bulbous
shaped like a bulb
capitate
being abruptly enlarged and globose at the tip
coccoid
spherical; like a coccus
cumuliform
shaped like a cumulus cloud
disc-shaped, disclike, discoid, discoidal, disk-shaped, disklike
having a flat circular shape
goblet-shaped
resembling the shape of a goblet
moon-round, moonlike
resembling the moon in shape
nutlike
resembling a nut in shape and size
pancake-like
resembling a pancake in shape
pear-shaped
having a round shape tapered at one end
pinwheel-shaped
having the round shape of a pinwheel
ringlike
having the shape of a ring
roundish
somewhat round in appearance or form
wheel-like
round like a wheel
rounded
curving and somewhat round in shape rather than jagged
Antonyms:
square
having four equal sides and four right angles or forming a right angle
quadrate
having four sides and four angles
right-angled
forming a right angle or containing one or more right angles
squared
having been made square
squarish
somewhat square in appearance or form
angular, angulate
having angles or an angular shape
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n any circular or rotating mechanism

Synonyms:
circle
Types:
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disc, disk
a flat circular plate
acetate disk, phonograph recording disk
a disk coated with cellulose acetate
brake disk
a disk or plate that is fixed to the wheel; pressure is applied to it by the brake pads
deadeye
(nautical) a round hardwood disk with holes and a grooved perimeter used to tighten a shroud
diaphragm
electro-acoustic transducer that vibrates to receive or produce sound waves
discus, saucer
a disk used in throwing competitions
Frisbee
a light, plastic disk about 10 inches in diameter; propelled with a flip of the wrist for recreation or competition
coin blank, planchet
a flat metal disk ready for stamping as a coin
hockey puck, puck
a vulcanized rubber disk 3 inches in diameter that is used instead of a ball in ice hockey
token
a metal or plastic disk that can be redeemed or used in designated slot machines
Type of:
rotating mechanism
a mechanism that rotates

n a cut of beef between the rump and the lower leg

Type of:
cut of beef
cut of meat from beef cattle

v make round

round the edges”
Synonyms:
round off, round out
Types:
purse
contract one's lips into a rounded shape
pooch, pooch out
round one's lips as if intending to kiss
Type of:
form, shape
give shape or form to

v become round, plump, or shapely

Synonyms:
fill out, flesh out
Type of:
gain, put on
increase (one's body weight)

v wind around; move along a circular course

round the bend”
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v pronounce with rounded lips

Synonyms:
labialise, labialize
Type of:
articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out
speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
2

n an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs

Synonyms:
cycle, rhythm
Type of:
interval, time interval
a definite length of time marked off by two instants

n the usual activities in your day

“the doctor made his rounds
Synonyms:
daily round
Type of:
habitude
habitual mode of behavior

n (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”
Type of:
call
a visit in an official or professional capacity

n the activity of playing 18 holes of golf

“a round of golf takes about 4 hours”
Synonyms:
round of golf
Type of:
golf, golf game
a game played on a large open course with 9 or 18 holes; the object is use as few strokes as possible in playing all the holes

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

Synonyms:
bout, turn
Types:
top, top of the inning
the first half of an inning; while the visiting team is at bat
bottom, bottom of the inning
the second half of an inning; while the home team is at bat
Type of:
division, part, section
one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole

n 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
Synonyms:
troll
Type of:
partsong
a song with two or more voice parts

n a serving to each of a group (usually alcoholic)

“he ordered a second round
Synonyms:
round of drinks
Type of:
helping, portion, serving
an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal

n a charge of ammunition for a single shot

Synonyms:
one shot, unit of ammunition
Type of:
ammo, ammunition
projectiles to be fired from a gun

n an outburst of applause

“there was a round of applause”
Type of:
applause, clapping, hand clapping
a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together

adv from beginning to end; throughout

“It rains all year round on Skye”
Synonyms:
around
3

n a regular route for a sentry or policeman

Synonyms:
beat
Type of:
itinerary, path, route
an established line of travel or access

n the course along which communications spread

“the story is going the rounds in Washington”
Type of:
course, path, track
a line or route along which something travels or moves
4

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

“in round numbers”
Synonyms:
inexact
not exact

v bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state

Synonyms:
brush up, polish, polish up, round off
Type of:
hone, perfect
refine or make more perfect or effective

v express as a round number

round off the amount”
Synonyms:
round down, round off, round out
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
5

adj (of sounds) full and rich

Synonyms:
orotund, pear-shaped, rotund
full
(of sound) having marked deepness and body
6

n a crosspiece between the legs of a chair

Synonyms:
rung, stave
Type of:
crosspiece
a transverse brace
7

v attack in speech or writing

Synonyms:
assail, assault, attack, lash out, snipe
Types:
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abuse, blackguard, clapperclaw, shout
use foul or abusive language towards
claw
attack as if with claws
vitriol
subject to bitter verbal abuse
rip
criticize or abuse strongly and violently
whang
attack forcefully
barrage, bombard
address with continuously or persistently, as if with a barrage
blister, scald, whip
subject to harsh criticism
rubbish
attack strongly
slang
abuse with coarse language
rail, revile, vilify, vituperate
spread negative information about
curse
heap obscenities upon
Type of:
criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

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