ETYM Old Fren. roond, roont, reond, French rond, from Latin rotundus, from rota wheel. Related to Rotary, Rotund, roundel, Rundlet.
1. Having a circular shape; SYN. circular.
2. (Of numbers) To the nearest ten, hundred, or thousand.
ETYM the crown.
1. A charge of ammunition for a single shot; SYN. unit of ammunition, one shot.
2. A serving to each of a group (usually alcoholic); SYN. round of drinks.
3. An outburst of applause.
4. The course along which communications spread.
5. The usual activities in one's day; SYN. daily round.
6. 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.
7. A cut of beef between the rump and the lower leg.
8. In music, an alternate name for a canon, in which voices imitate each other exactly.
1. To become round, plump, or shapely; SYN. fill out.
2. To make round; SYN. round out, round off.
3. To pronounce with rounded lips; SYN. labialize.
4. To wind around; move along a circular course.
5. Dance in a ring
To shorten the fractional part of a number, increasing the last remaining (rightmost) digit or not, according to whether the deleted portion was over or under five. For example, 0.3333 rounded to two decimal places is 0.33, and 0.6666 is 0.67. Computer programs often round numbers, sometimes causing confusion when the resulting values do not add up “correctly.” Percentages in a spreadsheet can thus total 99 percent or 101 percent because of rounding.