1on every side of (a focal point):the area round the school with shifting sands all round me (of something abstract) having (the thing mentioned) as a focus:the text is built round real practical examples 2so as to encircle (someone or something):he wrapped the blanket round him she drew a red circle round his name (of a person’s arm or arms) partially encircling (another person) as a gesture of affection:Angus put an arm round Flora and kissed her 3following an approximately circular route past (a corner or obstacle):a bus appeared round the corner on the other side of (a corner or obstacle):Steven parked the car round the corner so as to hit (something) in passing:if he didn’t shut up he might get a clip round the ear
4so as to cover or take in the whole area of (a place):she went round the house and saw that all the windows were barred 1shaped like a circle or cylinder:she was seated at a small, round table having a curved shape like part of the circumference of a circle:round brackets (of a person’s shoulders) bent forward from the line of the back. 2shaped like a sphere:a round glass ball the grapes are small and round (of a person’s body) plump: he could move quickly despite his round physique having a curved surface with no sharp projections:the boulders look round and smooth 3(of a voice) rich and mellow; not harsh: his rich, round voice went down well with the listeners 4 [attributive] (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 used to show that a figure has been completely and exactly reached:the batsman made a round 100 a round dozen archaic (of a sum of money) considerable:his business is worth a round sum to me
5not omitting or disguising anything; frank:she berated him in good round terms 1so as to rotate or cause rotation; with circular motion:a plane circled round overhead she turned her glass round and round so as to cover or take in the whole area surrounding a particular centre:she paused to glance round admiringly at the décor so as to reach everyone in a particular group or area:he passed round a newspaper cutting 2so as to rotate and face in the opposite direction:he swung round to face her so as to lead in another direction:it was the last house before the road curved round used in describing the position of something, typically with regard to the direction in which it is facing or its relation to other items:the picture shows the pieces the wrong way round used to describe a situation in terms of the relation between people, actions, or events:it was he who was attacking her, not the other way round 3so as to surround someone or something:everyone crowded round a pool with banks all the way round used in stating the girth of something:the trunk is nine feet round 4so as to reach a new place or position, typically by moving to the other side of something:he made his way round to the back of the building they went the long way round by the main road used to convey an ability to navigate or orientate oneself:I like pupils to find their own way round informal used to convey the idea of visiting someone else:why don’t you come round to my flat? 5used to suggest idle and purposeless motion or activity:he was driving round aimlessly
6so as to give support and companionship:if one girl is distraught the others will rally round
1a circular piece of something:cut the pastry into rounds a thick disc of beef cut from the haunch as a joint. 2an act of visiting a number of people or places in turn:she did the rounds of her family to say goodbye 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
chiefly British 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
3each 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 a division of a contest such as a boxing or wrestling match. each of a succession of stages in a competition, in each of which more candidates are eliminated:the FA Cup first round an act of playing all the holes in a golf course once:Eileen enjoys the occasional round of golf 4a regularly recurring sequence of activities:their lives were a daily round of housework and laundry 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 5 Music 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. 6British a slice of bread:two rounds of toast the quantity of sandwiches made from two slices of bread.
7the amount of ammunition needed to fire one shot: the gun can fire 30 rounds a second Archery a fixed number of arrows shot from a fixed distance. 1pass and go round (something) so as to move on in a changed direction:the ship rounded the cape and sailed north 2alter (a number) to one less exact but more convenient for calculations:we’ll round the weight up to the nearest kilo the committee rounded down the figure
3give a round shape to:a lathe that rounded chair legs [no object] become circular in shape:her eyes rounded in dismay Phonetics pronounce (a vowel) with the lips narrowed and protruded: the actor’s uneven attempt to round the vowels of his midwestern twang
1(of sculpture) standing free with all sides shown, rather than carved in relief against a ground. fully and thoroughly; with all aspects shown:to understand social phenomena one must see them in the round 2(of a theatrical performance) with the audience placed on at least three sides of the stage.
1on all sides or in all directions:everything round about was covered with snow 2at a point or time approximately equal to:they arrived round about nine compasses were first added to sundials round about the end of the fourteenth century approximately:we raised round about half a million dollars round about 10,000 homes were affected