1.Shaped like a circle or cylinder.
‘she was seated at a small, round table'
‘Without really thinking about it, she drew a huge, round circle on the page.'
‘A faint light shone from the small round window on the door.'
‘The 40 rooms are small round huts with thatched roofs rising to a central spire.'
‘The circle, on a hilltop setting, is nearly perfectly round, with a diameter of 33 m.'
2.Having a curved shape like part of the circumference of a circle.
‘Thick green grass lined a small, almost perfectly round curve along the bank of a stream, a small waterfall splashing softly thirty feet away.'
‘This has a vaulted ceiling supported on round arches.'
‘She sat down on the rock and unbuckled her shoe which was black with a round toe and a chunky heel, rather like a boot that'd had the top cut off it.'
‘The second floor was raised on round arches and supported a balcony resting on a row of buttresses forming an eaveslike projection.'
3.(of a person's shoulders) bent forward from the line of the back.
‘The innkeeper raised appealing eyes to heaven, spread out his long fingers, and heaved his round shoulders.'
‘There is little or no excuse for round shoulders in healthy people.'
‘His personal trademark are the signs of an existential fatigue: drooping shoulders, round backs, knees that are bent inward, lowered heads.'
‘Round shoulders are often associated with tall people who round their shoulders to appear smaller.'
4.Shaped like a sphere.
‘a round glass ball'
‘the grapes are small and round'
‘Elizabeth reached her arm out of the shop door and picked up a heavy, round stone.'
‘Baseball is more than round balls and base runs; it can also involve branding, design, and typography.'
‘Slowly people left, and just as slowly the park darkened and the quaint round lanterns set around the circle flickered into life.'
5.(of a person's body) plump.
‘he could move quickly despite his round physique'
‘She wore baggy shirts and tight pants which only accentuated her round figure.'
‘Mr. Roberts was very bald, very round, had very thick glasses, and looked very hungry.'
‘A genuinely happy and rather round nurse bustled over to her.'
‘Sheriff T.C. Wynn was a tall, round man with thick, shaded glasses and jet black hair that was graying at his temples.'
6.Having a curved surface with no sharp projections.
‘the boulders look round and smooth'
‘A large, round, smooth rock protruded suddenly a few feet past a break in the forest.'
‘I felt my hand being pressed against a smooth, round mound.'
‘The catalyst comprises a support containing palladium and silver and having a uniformly round external surface.'
‘Why are rocks found near rivers mostly smooth and round?'
7.(of a voice) rich and mellow; not harsh.
‘his rich, round voice went down well with the listeners'
‘He speaks this language like every other American, with a deep round voice that seems to come from somewhere below his knees.'
‘She spoke without any apparent accent, in a round voice filled with soft vowels and smooth consonants.'
‘‘I always like champagne in the afternoon,' he informed me in his rich round voice.'
8.(of a number) expressed in convenient units rather than exactly, for example to the nearest whole number or multiple of ten.
‘the size of the fleet is given in round numbers'
‘Do you think the company could string things out long enough for the fine to reach a nice, round billion dollars?'
‘Can you put a round figure on the kind of government investment you're going to need to get this up and running?'
‘However, for the purposes of argument, let's stick with a million as a nice round figure.'
‘However other American railways used different gauges. 4 foot 10 inches was popular, and in the South a round 5 foot was often used.'
9.Used to show that a figure has been completely and exactly reached.
‘the batsman made a round 100'
‘a round dozen'
‘The network of offices reached a round dozen this year.'
‘His output under his own name reached a round 200 novels.'
‘Strauss, who made a round 50 on Tuesday, was the only England batsman to pass 45 runs in the match.'
10.(of a sum of money) considerable.
‘his business is worth a round sum to me'
‘As to the money raised by local subscription, no definite apportionment has yet been made but we understand that Woodhouse will receive a good round sum.'
11.Not omitting or disguising anything; frank.
‘she berated him in good round terms'
1.Not omitting or disguising anything; frank.
‘cut the pastry into rounds'
2.A circular piece of something.
‘Wendy had bowls and soup spoons laid out, and gracing the center of the table was a large round of crusty bread, still warm from the oven.'
‘I smiled and put a dozen hot kugel tarts, dense rounds of potato and salt and oil, to drain on a paper towel near her.'
‘Working carefully, I slid a thin knife under the wax rounds, popping them off in one piece.'
‘We started with the meat patty, as that was a simple round.'
3.A thick disc of beef cut from the haunch as a joint.
‘Nutrient composition data are available for four lean cuts of bison: rib-eye, clod, top round and top sirloin.'
‘I would appreciate some information on how to cook an inside round of beef using a slow cook method.'
‘Take a round of fresh beef (or the half of one if it is very large) and remove the bone.'
4.An act of visiting a number of people or places in turn.
‘she did the rounds of her family to say goodbye'
‘He is making the rounds of all the mystery conventions, taking bows for his long and prosperous career, which may be winding down a bit after all these years.'
‘Guards patrolled the floor around the grate, one of them made his round through the grate-lifting room, checking it frequently.'
‘Passing from room to room through a volley of slaps on the back, friendly kisses and a beer or two he did the rounds, drinking with friends and hiding from his family.'
‘For Dom, Kodak's capitulation proved to be the start of a busy round of newspaper and TV interviews for the IT contractor.'
5.A regular tour of inspection in which the well-being of those visited is checked.
‘the doctor is just making his rounds in the wards'
‘She glanced up and down the hallway, checking for night nurses making their rounds.'
‘Her own father was a local doctor who would take her with him on his rounds.'
‘The other flight attendants continued making their rounds.'
‘Katherine forced herself to move and continue on her rounds, encouraging tired and listless men.'
6.A journey along a fixed route delivering goods as part of one's job or a job involving such journeys.
‘I did a newspaper round'
‘My very first job was doing a bread delivery round for the Co-op for six months.'
‘A local delivery driver tells the Graun that he's had to be towed out of the area three times in two weeks, and now keeps the engine running when he's on his rounds.'
7.Each of a sequence of sessions in a process, typically characterized by development between one session and another.
‘the two sides held three rounds of talks'
‘They held a third round of talks in Beijing last week.'
‘Even more to the point, it makes you wonder how on earth it got past the usual film-industry round of development meetings and off the ground.'
‘In a second round of personal interviews, participants recalled critical incidents of using information from the Web.'
‘His first move will be to inject energy into the round of global trade negotiations that was launched last November in Doha, Qatar.'
8.A division of a contest such as a boxing or wrestling match.
‘He and Jones knew each other from way back and had fought some close rounds as amateurs.'
‘I won one of the rounds, but she outscored me in the end.'
‘Worse than that is when Taylor prevents the timekeeper from ending the round during the big fight.'
‘Haley and I sat on the swings, while Chad and Dominic continued their tiebreaker round of wrestling.'
‘He looked tattered and damp, as if he'd just done ten rounds of mud wrestling.'
9.Each of a succession of stages in a competition, in each of which more candidates are eliminated.
‘the FA Cup first round'
‘As many as twenty six rounds of negotiations were held between the Akali Dal and the government.'
‘The women went into Sunday's playoff round pleased with their overall play.'
‘In the first round of the play-offs they faced the Oakland Athletics.'
‘In 2002 they reached the fourth round of the qualifiers against Kerry, and felt like they had finally arrived.'
10.An act of playing all the holes in a golf course once.
‘Eileen enjoys the occasional round of golf'
‘He had been to the club, got in a round of golf, had an excellent buffet breakfast, and then headed home.'
‘Although he was about to turn 90, he looked trim and fit and boasted he had just returned from a robust round of golf at a nearby course.'
‘Anyone who has played a round of golf will know how delays can frustrate anyone's best day on the links.'
‘A round of gold at Erinvale Golf Course, at the foothills of the Helderberg Mountains, is unmissable.'
11.A regularly recurring sequence of activities.
‘their lives were a daily round of housework and laundry'
‘Because my memory is so terrible, sometimes I want to write about a certain part of the daily round so I won't forget about it.'
‘She is doing a little royal work and doing it well, but will not take on a full-time round of royal engagements.'
‘For expats, life's an endless round of parties.'
‘Festivities at Christmas, Easter, and May Day, at the end of ploughing and the completion of harvest, relieved the monotony of the daily round of labor.'
12.A set of drinks bought for all the members of a group, typically as part of a sequence in which each member in turn buys such a set.
‘it's my round'
‘After a few more rounds of drinks, I began to get lightheaded and figured I'd better stop drinking.'
‘Anyone joining a group of drinkers immediately buys a round of drinks for everyone at the table.'
‘After a few rounds of the sugary drink, the girls got quite giggly and decided that what we really needed was a game of Truth or Dare.'
‘Hopefully, one of them will buy the first round of drinks.'
13.A song for three or more unaccompanied voices or parts, each singing the same theme but starting one after another, at the same pitch or in octaves; a simple canon.
‘The same loop has been started at different times on each monitor, in the manner of a ceaseless musical round, or canon.'
‘The a cappella style of vocals that sit on top of each other is like listening to a band whose main musical influences are the playground rhymes and infant school rounds rather than actual songs.'
‘Their older brothers and sisters performed the Jewish song Shalom Chaverim, sung as a round.'