Round vs Fall - What's the difference?

round | fall |

As verbs the difference between round and fall

is that round is to shape something into a curve or round can be (intransitive|archaic|or|dialectal|northern england|scotland) to speak in a low tone; whisper; speak secretly; take counsel while fall is .

As an adjective round

is (label) shape.

As a noun round

is a circular or spherical object or part of an object or round can be (archaic|or|dialectal|northern england|scotland) a whisper; whispering.

As a preposition round

is alternative form of around.

As an adverb round

is .

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(wikipedia round)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) ront, runt ( > French rond), representing an earlier , from (etyl) rotundus ( > Italian rotondo, Provençal redon, Spanish redondo etc.). The noun developed partly from the adjective and partly from the corresponding (etyl) noun rond. Compare rotund and rotunda.


  • (label) Shape.
  • # Circular or cylindrical; having a circular cross-section in one direction.
  • # Spherical; shaped like a ball; having a circular cross-section in more than one direction.
  • # Lacking sharp angles; having gentle curves.
  • # Plump.
  • #*
  • #*:If I close my eyes I can see Marie today as I saw her then. Round , rosy face, snub nose, dark hair piled up in a chignon.
  • Complete, whole, not lacking.
  • * (1809-1892)
  • Round was their pace at first, but slackened soon.
  • (label) Convenient for ing other numbers to; for example, ending in a zero.
  • (label) Pronounced with the lips drawn together.
  • Outspoken; plain and direct; unreserved; not mincing.
  • * (Matthew Arnold) (1822-1888)
  • the round assertion
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • Sir Toby, I must be round with you.
  • Finished; polished; not defective or abrupt; said of authors or their writing style.
  • * (Henry Peacham) (1578-c.1644)
  • In his satires Horace is quick, round , and pleasant.
  • Consistent; fair; just; applied to conduct.
  • * (Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
  • Round dealing is the honour of man's nature.
    * (circular) circular, cylindrical, discoid * (spherical) spherical * (of corners that lack sharp angles) rounded * (plump) plump, rotund * (not lacking) complete, entire, whole * (of a number) rounded * (pronounced with the mouth open) rounded
    Derived terms
    * round angle
    Derived terms
    {{der3, roundabout , round dozen , round-table , round the clock , round trip , rounded vowel}}


    (en noun)
  • A circular or spherical object or part of an object.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:the golden round [the crown]
  • *(John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • *:in labyrinth of many a round self-rolled
  • *
  • *:Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes.She put back a truant curl from her forehead where it had sought egress to the world, and looked him full in the face now, drawing a deep breath which caused the round of her bosom to lift the lace at her throat.
  • *1955 , (William Golding), , Faber and Faber 2005, p.50:
  • *:All at once the sun was through, a round of dulled silver, racing slantwise through the clouds yet always staying in the same place.
  • A circular or repetitious route.
  • :
  • :
  • *, chapter=15
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=Edward Churchill still attended to his work in a hopeless mechanical manner like a sleep-walker who walks safely on a well-known round . But his Roman collar galled him, his cossack stifled him, his biretta was as uncomfortable as a merry-andrew's cap and bells.}}
  • A general outburst from a group of people at an event.
  • :
  • A song that is sung by groups of people with each subset of people starting at a different time.
  • A serving of something; a portion of something to each person in a group.
  • :
  • *(Charles Dickens), (Dombey and Son)
  • *:There is a snaky gleam in her hard grey eye, as of anticipated rounds of buttered toast, relays of hot chops, worryings and quellings of young children, sharp snappings at poor Berry, and all the other delights of her Ogress's castle.
  • A single individual portion or dose of medicine.
  • *2009 , Patrick Condon, "Boy with cancer, mom return home", Associated Press, printed in Austin American-Statesman , 2009 May 26, page A4:
  • *:Daniel underwent one round of chemotherapy in February but stopped after that single treatment, citing religious beliefs.
  • (lb) A long-bristled, circular-headed paintbrush used in oil and acrylic painting.
  • A firearm cartridge, bullet, or any individual ammunition projectile. Originally referring to the spherical projectile ball of a smoothbore firearm. Compare round shot and solid shot.
  • (lb) One of the specified pre-determined segments of the total time of a sport event, such as a boxing or wrestling match, during which contestants compete before being signaled to stop.
  • *April 19 2002 , Scott Tobias, AV Club Fightville [,72589/]
  • *:And though Fightville, an MMA documentary from the directors of the fine Iraq War doc Gunner Palace, presents it more than fairly, the sight of a makeshift ring getting constructed on a Louisiana rodeo ground does little to shake the label. Nor do the shots of ringside assistants with spray bottles and rags, mopping up the blood between rounds
  • (lb) A stage in a competition.
  • :
  • (lb) In some sports, e.g. golf or showjumping: one complete way around the course.
  • A rounded relief or cut at an edge, especially an outside edge, added for a finished appearance and to soften sharp edges.
  • A strip of material with a circular face that covers an edge, gap, or crevice for decorative, sanitary, or security purposes.
  • :
  • (lb) The hindquarters of a bovine.
  • (lb) A rung, as of a ladder.
  • *(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • *:All the rounds like Jacob's ladder rise.
  • *1851 , (Herman Melville), (Moby-Dick) ,
  • *:The perpendicular parts of this side ladder, as is usually the case with swinging ones, were of cloth-covered rope, only the rounds were of wood, so that at every step there was a joint.
  • A crosspiece that joins and braces the legs of a chair.
  • A series of changes or events ending where it began; a series of like events recurring in continuance; a cycle; a periodical revolution.
  • :
  • A course of action or conduct performed by a number of persons in turn, or one after another, as if seated in a circle.
  • * (1666-1735)
  • *:Women to cards may be compared: we play / A round or two; which used, we throw away.
  • *(Matthew Prior) (1664-1721)
  • *:The feast was served; the bowl was crowned; / To the king's pleasure went the mirthful round .
  • A series of duties or tasks which must be performed in turn, and then repeated.
  • *(John Keble) (1792-1866)
  • *:the trivial round , the common task
  • A circular dance.
  • *(John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • *:Come, knit hands, and beat the ground, / In a light fantastic round .
  • Rotation, as in office; succession.
  • :(Holyday)
  • A general discharge of firearms by a body of troops in which each soldier fires once.
  • An assembly; a group; a circle.
  • :
  • A brewer's vessel in which the fermentation is concluded, the yeast escaping through the bunghole.
  • (lb) A vessel filled, as for drinking.
  • (lb) A round-top.
  • A round of beef.
  • Synonyms
    * (song) canon * (hindquarters of a bovine) rump
    * (rounded inside edge) fillet
    Derived terms
    * round of applause


    (English prepositions)
  • Alternative form of around.
  • I look round the room quickly to make sure it's neat.
  • * Cowper
  • The serpent Error twines round human hearts.
    Derived terms
    * go round * look round


  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • The invitations were sent round accordingly.


  • To shape something into a curve.
  • The carpenter rounded the edges of the table.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Worms with many feet, which round themselves into balls, are bred chiefly under logs of timber.
  • * Addison
  • The figures on our modern medals are raised and rounded to a very great perfection.
  • To become shaped into a curve.
  • * 1900 , , The House Behind the Cedars , Chapter I,
  • The girl's figure, he perceived, was admirably proportioned; she was evidently at the period when the angles of childhood were rounding into the promising curves of adolescence.
  • To finish; to complete; to fill out.
  • She rounded out her education with only a single mathematics class.
  • * Shakespeare
  • We are such stuff / As dreams are made on, and our little life / Is rounded with a sleep.
  • To approximate a number, especially a decimal number by the closest whole number.
  • Ninety-five rounds up to one hundred.
  • To turn past a boundary.
  • Helen watched him until he rounded the corner.
  • To turn and attack someone or something (used with on ).
  • As a group of policemen went past him, one of them rounded on him, grabbing him by the arm.
  • (baseball) To advance to home plate.
  • And the runners round the bases on the double by Jones.
  • To go round, pass, go past.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=March 2 , author=Andy Campbell , title=Celtic 1 - 0 Rangers , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Diouf rounded Zaluska near the byeline and crossed but Daniel Majstorovic headed away and Celtic eventually mopped up the danger.}}
  • To encircle; to encompass.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The inclusive verge / Of golden metal that must round my brow.
  • To grow round or full; hence, to attain to fullness, completeness, or perfection.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The queen your mother rounds apace.
  • * Tennyson
  • So rounds he to a separate mind, / From whence clear memory may begin.
  • (obsolete) To go round, as a guard; to make the rounds.
  • * Milton
  • They nightly rounding walk.
  • (obsolete) To go or turn round; to wheel about.
  • (Tennyson)
    Derived terms
    * round off * round out * round up * round down

    See also

    * 'round

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) rounen, from (etyl) . More at (l).


    (en verb)
  • (intransitive, archaic, or, dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To speak in a low tone; whisper; speak secretly; take counsel.
  • (transitive, archaic, or, dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To address or speak to in a whisper, utter in a whisper.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • * Calderwood
  • The Bishop of Glasgow rounding' in his ear, "Ye are not a wise man," he ' rounded likewise to the bishop, and said, "Wherefore brought ye me here?"

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) roun, from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • (archaic, or, dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) A whisper; whispering.
  • (archaic, or, dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Discourse; song.
  • fall


    (wikipedia fall)


  • To move downwards.
  • #To move to a lower position under the effect of gravity.
  • #:
  • #*
  • #*:There was a neat hat-and-umbrella stand, and the stranger's weary feet fell soft on a good, serviceable dark-red drugget, which matched in colour the flock-paper on the walls.
  • #To come down, to drop or descend.
  • #:
  • #*1920 , (Herman Cyril McNeile), (Bulldog Drummond) , Ch.1:
  • #*:Her eyes fell on the table, and she advanced into the room wiping her hands on her apron.
  • #To come to the ground deliberately, to prostrate oneself.
  • #:
  • #To be brought to the ground.
  • (lb) To be moved downwards.
  • #(lb) To let fall; to drop.
  • #*(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • #*:For every tear he falls , a Trojan bleeds.
  • #(lb) To sink; to depress.
  • #:
  • # To fell; to cut down.
  • #:
  • (lb) To happen, to change negatively.
  • #(lb) To become.
  • #:
  • #To occur (on a certain day of the week, date, or similar); (said of an instance of a recurring event such as a holiday or date).
  • #:
  • #(lb) To collapse; to be overthrown or defeated.
  • #:
  • # To die, especially in battle or by disease.
  • #:
  • #(lb) To become lower (in quantity, pitch, etc.).
  • #:
  • #*Sir (c.1569-1626)
  • #*:The greatness of these Irish lords suddenly fell and vanished.
  • #*1835 , Sir , Sir (James Clark Ross), Narrative of a Second Voyage in Search of a North-west Passage …, Vol.1 , pp.284-5:
  • #*:Towards the following morning, the thermometer fell to 5°; and at daylight, there was not an atom of water to be seen in any direction.
  • #*{{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Old soldiers? , passage=Whether modern, industrial man is less or more warlike than his hunter-gatherer ancestors is impossible to determine.
  • #(lb) To become; to be affected by or befallen with a calamity; to change into the state described by words following; to become prostrated literally or figuratively .
  • #:
  • (lb) To be allotted to; to arrive through chance, fate, or inheritance.
  • :
  • *(Alexander Pope) (1688-1744)
  • *:If to her share some female errors fall , / Look on her face, and you'll forget them all.
  • To diminish; to lessen or lower.
  • * (John Locke) (1632-1705)
  • *:Upon lessening interest to four per cent, you fall the price of your native commodities.
  • To bring forth.
  • :
  • :(Shakespeare)
  • To issue forth into life; to be brought forth; said of the young of certain animals.
  • :(Shakespeare)
  • To descend in character or reputation; to become degraded; to sink into vice, error, or sin.
  • *(Bible)}, (w) iv.11:
  • *:Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
  • To become ensnared or entrapped; to be worse off than before.
  • :
  • To assume a look of shame or disappointment; to become or appear dejected; said of the face.
  • *(Bible), (w) iv.5:
  • *:Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell .
  • *(Joseph Addison) (1672–1719)
  • *:I have observed of late thy looks are fallen .
  • To happen; to come to pass; to chance or light (upon).
  • *(Jonathan Swift) (1667–1745)
  • *:The Romans fell on this model by chance.
  • *(Bible), (w) iii.18:
  • *:Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall .
  • *(Herbert Spenser) (1820-1903)
  • *:Primitive mendo not make laws, they fall into customs.
  • To begin with haste, ardour, or vehemence; to rush or hurry.
  • :
  • *(Benjamin Jowett) (1817-1893) ((Thucydides))
  • *:They now no longer doubted, but fell to work heart and soul.
  • To be dropped or uttered carelessly.
  • :
  • Quotations

    * , Andrew Wi?e (publisher, 1598 — second quarto), Act V, Scene 3: *: Ghoa?t [of Clarence]. / To morrow in the battaile thinke on me, / And fall thy edgele??e ?word, di?paire and die.


    * (move to a lower position under the effect of gravity) drop, plummet, plunge * (come down) come down, descend, drop * (come to the ground deliberately) drop, lower oneself, prostrate oneself * (be brought to the ground) * : be beaten by, be defeated by, be overthrown by, be smitten by, be vanquished by, * (die) die * (be allotted to) be the responsibility of, be up to * : dip, drop * (become) become, get * : cut down (of a tree), fell, knock down, knock over, strike down


    * (come down) ascend, go up, rise * (come to the ground deliberately) get up, pick oneself up, stand up * : beat, defeat, overthrow, smite, vanquish * : rise

    Derived terms

    * the apple does not fall far from the tree * the * the curtain falls * fair fall * fallable * fall aboard * fall aboard of * fall about * fall about someone's ears * fall abreast of * fall abroad of * fall across * fall adown * fall afire * fall afoul * fall afoul of * fall after * fallage * fall all over someone or oneself * fall among * fall apart * fall asleep * fall aslope * fall astern * fall asunder * fall at * fall at the crest * fall at the first fence, fall at the first hurdle * fall away * fall back * * fall back on, fall back upon * fall behind, fall behindhand * fall between the cracks * fall between two stools * fall by * fall by the wayside * fall calm * fall dead * fall down * fall down on * fall due * fallen * faller * fall flat * fall flat on one's face * fall for * fall forth * fall foul * fall foul of, fall foul with * fall from * fall from grace * fall heir * fall home * fall ill * fall in * fall in age * fall in flesh * fall in for * falling * fall in line * fall in love * fall in mold, fall in mould * fall in one's road * fall in one's way * fall in somebody's heart, fall in someone's heart * fall in somebody's mind, fall in someone's mind * fall into one's hands * fall into one's lap * fall in two * fall in upon * fall in with * fall into * fall into line * fall into place * fall into somebody's heart, fall into someone's heart * fall into somebody's mind, fall into someone's mind * fall of * fall off * fall off the turnip truck * fall on * fall on board * fall on deaf ears * fall one's crest * fall on one's face * fall on one's feet * fall on shore * fall on sleep * fall on one's knees * fall on one's sword * fall on the crest * fall open * fall out * fall out in * fall out of * fall out upon * fall out with * fall over * fall over oneself * fall over one's feet * fall pregnant * fall prey to * fall short * fall short of * fall short to * fall sick * fall silent * fallstreaks, fallstreifen * fall through * fall through the cracks * fall to * fall to be * fall together * fall to loggerheads * fall to mold, fall to mould * fall to oneself * fall to one's knees * fall to one's lot * fall to one's share * fall to pieces * fall to powder * fall to the ground * fall under * fall unto * fall upon * fall victim to * fall what can fall, fall what will fall * fall with * fall within * foul fall * let fall * let the chips fall where they may * may fall, may-fall * misfall * overfall * the rain in Spain falls mainly in the plain * refall * tendency of the rate of profit to fall * to-fall * under-fall *


    (en noun)
  • The act of moving to a lower position under the effect of gravity.
  • A reduction in quantity, pitch, etc.
  • *
  • *:“I'm through with all pawn-games,” I laughed. “Come, let us have a game of lansquenet. Either I will take a farewell fall out of you or you will have your sevenfold revenge”.
  • A loss of greatness or status.
  • (label) A crucial event or circumstance.
  • # The action of a batsman being out.
  • # (label) A defect in the ice which causes stones thrown into an area to drift in a given direction.
  • # (label) An instance of a wrestler being pinned to the mat.
  • Blame or punishment for a failure or misdeed.
  • The part of the rope of a tackle to which the power is applied in hoisting.
  • See'' falls'''
  • An old Scots unit of measure equal to six ells.
  • Synonyms

    * (act of moving to a lower position) descent, drop * (reduction) decrease, dip, drop, lowering, reduction * (season) autumn * (loss of greatness or status) downfall * rap


    * (act of moving to a lower position under the effect of gravity) ascent, rise * (reduction) increase, rise * (loss of greatness or status) ascent, rise

    Derived terms

    * accidental fall * angle of fall * ash fall, ashfall * backfall * best-of-three-falls match * block and fall * break a fall * break-fall, breakfall * break one's fall * byfall * catfall * center of falls, centre of falls * chainfall * crossfall * darkfall * dead fall, dead-fall, deadfall * dew-fall, dewfall * dog-fall, dogfall * downfall * dustfall * earthfall * even-fall, evenfall * fall-and-rise phenomenon * fall armyworm * fall and tackle * fall block, fall-block * fall-blooming * fall-board, fallboard * fall-breaker * fall-bridge * fall cankerworm * (Fall Classic) * fall-cloud * fall colors * fall dandelion * fall-door * fall duck * fall equinox * fall factor * fall-fish, fallfish * fall foliage * fall-forward * fall from grace * fall front * fall-front desk * fall guy, fall-guy * fall herring * fall-iron door * fall-leaf * fall-less * fall line, fall-line * fall money * The (Fall of Baghdad) * The (Fall of Constantinople) * fall of day * the (w) * the Fall of Man, the fall of man * The (Fall of Saigon) * fall of the leaf * fall of the perch * the (w), the (Fall of Rome) * fall of wicket * fall overturn * fall-pipe * fall-pippin * fall rate * fall-rise * fall-rope * fall-run fish * falls * (Falls-to-Falls Corridor) * fall time * fall-trap * fall turnover * fall-way * fall webworm * fall wind, fall-wind * fall-window * fall-wood * fally * fall zone * fish fall * foot-fall, footfall * free fall * give a fall * ice fall, ice-fall * infall * jaw-fall, jawfall * landfall * law-fall * leaf-fall * litterfall * mid-fall, midfall * misfall * mouse-fall * near-fall * nightfall * offal * onfall * outfall * overfall * parachute landing fall * pinfall * pitfall * planetfall * prat-fall, pratfall, pratt-fall * pressure-fall center, pressure-fall centre * pride comes before a fall, pride goes before a fall, pride goeth before a fall * proudfall * rainfall * ride for a fall * rises and falls * rock-fall, rockfall * roof fall * root-fall * shake a fall * shout-and-fall * slip and fall * smokefall * snow-fall, snowfall * speck falls * stiff board fall * sunfall * Swedish fall * tackle fall * take the fall * technical fall * terminal fall velocity * threadfall * throughfall * toe drain and outfall * trad fall * trap-fall, trapfall * try a fall * two-out-of-three-falls match * underfall * waterfall * whale fall * windfall * withfall * wrestle a fall * zipper fall

    See also

    * falls * [
  • fall]