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. The serpent error twines round human hearts. (Cowper) Round about, an emphatic form for round or about. Moses . . . Set them [The elders] round about the tabernacle. To come round, to gain the consent of, or circumvent, (a person) by flattery or deception.
1. 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. Worms with many feet, which round themselves into balls, are bred chiefly under logs of timber. (bacon) The figures on our modern medals are raised and rounded to a very great perfection. (Addison)
5. To make full, smooth, and flowing; as, to round periods in writing. To round in To haul up; usually, to haul the slack of (a rope) through its leading block, or to haul up (a tackle which hangs loose) by its fall. To collect together (cattle) by riding around them, as on cattle ranches.
Origin: Rounded; Rounding.
Origin: From Roun.
1. 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. The big, round tears. Upon the firm opacous globe Of this round world. (milton)
3. 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. Their round haunches gored.
4. Full; complete; not broken; not fractional; approximately in even units, tens, hundreds, thousands, etc.; said of numbers. Pliny put a round number near the truth, rather than the fraction. (Arbuthnot)
10. Complete and consistent; fair; just; applied to conduct. Round dealing is the honor of man's nature. (bacon) at a round rate, rapidly. In round numbers, approximately in even units, tens, hundreds, etc.; as, a bin holding 99 or 101 bushels may be said to hold in round numbers 100 bushels.
Origin: OF. Roond, roont, reond, F. Rond, fr. L. Rotundus, fr. Rota wheel. See Rotary, and cf. Rotund, roundel, Rundlet.