Round vs Play - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between round and play

is that 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 while play is activity for amusement only, especially among the young.

As verbs the difference between round and play

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 play is (lb) to act in a manner such that one has fun; to engage in activities expressly for the purpose of recreation or entertainment.

As an adjective round

is (label) shape.

As a preposition round

is alternative form of around.

As an adverb round

is .



(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.
  • play



    (en verb)
  • (lb) To act in a manner such that one has fun; to engage in activities expressly for the purpose of recreation or entertainment.
  • :
  • *2001 , Annabelle Sabloff, Reordering the Natural World , Univ. of Toronto Press, p.83:
  • *:A youngstergo on vacation, play in the same way that he did with his friends, and so on.
  • *2003 , Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont et al. (eds.), Joining Society: Social Interaction and Learning in Adolescence and Youth , Cambridge Univ. Press, p.52:
  • *:We had to play for an hour, so that meant that we didn't have time to play and joke around.
  • (lb) To perform in (a sport); to participate in (a game).
  • :
  • #(lb) To compete against, in a game.
  • #*{{quote-news, year=2011, date=November 12, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= International friendly: England 1-0 Spain , passage=England will not be catapulted among the favourites for Euro 2012 as a result of this win, but no victory against Spain is earned easily and it is right they take great heart from their efforts as they now prepare to play Sweden at Wembley on Tuesday.}}
  • (label) To take part in amorous activity; to make love, fornicate; to have sex.
  • *1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queene) , II.iv:
  • *:Her proper face / I not descerned in that darkesome shade, / But weend it was my loue, with whom he playd .
  • (lb) To act as the indicated role, especially in a performance.
  • :
  • *{{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= Katrina G. Claw
  • , title= Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm , volume=101, issue=3, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=In plants, the ability to recognize self from nonself plays an important role in fertilization, because self-fertilization will result in less diverse offspring than fertilization with pollen from another individual.}}
  • To produce music or theatre.
  • # To produce music.
  • #*2007 , Dan Erlewine, Guitar Player Repair Guide (ISBN 0879309210), page 220:
  • #*:If your guitar plays well on fretted strings but annoys you on the open ones, the nut's probably worn out.
  • # To produce music using a musical instrument.
  • #:
  • # To produce music (or a specified song or musical style) using (a specified musical instrument).
  • #:
  • # To use a device to watch or listen to the indicated recording.
  • #:
  • # to be shown.
  • #:
  • # To perform in or at; to give performances in or at.
  • #*2008 , My Life: From Normandy to Hockeytown (ISBN 0966412087), p.30:
  • #*:I got a hold of Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong's agent and I explained to him on the phone that, "I know you're playing' London on Wednesday night. Why don't you come and ' play the Arena in Windsor on Saturday night?"
  • #(lb) To act or perform (a play).
  • #:
  • (lb) To behave in a particular way.
  • #(lb) Contrary to fact, to give an appearance of being.
  • #*(rfdate) Sir (Walter Scott) (1771-1832)
  • #*:Thou canst play the rational if thou wilt.
  • #*1985 , Sharon S. Brehm, Intimate Relationships :
  • #*:Playing hard to get is not the same as slamming the door in someone's face.
  • #*1996 , Michael P. Malone, James J Hill: Empire Builder of the Northwest :
  • #*:Now, surveying his final link, he had the nice advantage of being able to play coy with established port cities that desperately wanted his proven railroad.
  • #*2003 , John U. Ogbu, Black American Students in an Affluent Suburb: A Study of Academic Disengagement , p.194:
  • #*:Instead, they played dumb, remained silent, and did their classwork.
  • #(lb) To act with levity or thoughtlessness; to trifle; to be careless.
  • #*(rfdate) Sir (1628–1699):
  • #*:Men are apt to play with their healths.
  • #(lb) To act; to behave; to practice deception.
  • #*(rfdate) (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616):
  • #*:His mother played false with a smith.
  • #(lb) To bring into sportive or wanton action; to exhibit in action; to execute.
  • #:
  • #*(rfdate) (John Milton) (1608-1674):
  • #*:Nature here / Wantoned as in her prime, and played at will / Her virgin fancies.
  • #*
  • #*:The Bat—they called him the Bat.. He'd never been in stir, the bulls had never mugged him, he didn't run with a mob, he played a lone hand, and fenced his stuff so that even the fence couldn't swear he knew his face.
  • (lb) To move in any manner; especially, to move regularly with alternate or reciprocating motion; to operate.
  • :
  • *(rfdate) (1671-1743):
  • *:The heart beats, the blood circulates, the lungs play .
  • *
  • *:The colonel and his sponsor made a queer contrast: Greystone [the sponsor] long and stringy, with a face that seemed as if a cold wind was eternally playing on it.
  • (lb) To move gaily; to disport.
  • *(rfdate) (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616):
  • *:even as the waving sedges play with wind
  • *(rfdate) (Joseph Addison) (1672-1719):
  • *:The setting sun / Plays on their shining arms and burnished helmets.
  • *(rfdate) (Alexander Pope) (1688-1744):
  • *:All fame is foreign but of true desert, / Plays round the head, but comes not to the heart.
  • (lb) To put in action or motion.
  • :
  • (lb) To keep in play, as a hooked fish, in order to land it.
  • Noun

  • Activity for amusement only, especially among the young.
  • * Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
  • She was fond of all boys' plays , and greatly preferred cricket
  • (uncountable) Similar activity, in young animals, as they explore their environment and learn new skills.
  • (uncountable, ethology) "Repeated, incompletely functional behavior differing from more serious versions ..., and initiated voluntarily when ... in a low-stress setting."
  • The conduct, or course of a game.
  • (countable) An individual's performance in a sport or game.
  • (countable) (turn-based games ) An action carried out when it is one's turn to play.
  • (countable) A literary composition, intended to be represented by actors impersonating the characters and speaking the dialogue.
  • (countable) A theatrical performance featuring actors.
  • We saw a two-act play in the theatre.
  • (countable) A major move by a business.
  • (countable) A geological formation that contains an accumulation or prospect of hydrocarbons or other resources.
  • (uncountable) The extent to which a part of a mechanism can move freely.
  • No wonder the fanbelt is slipping: there’s too much play in it.
    Too much play in a steering wheel may be dangerous.
  • (uncountable, informal) Sexual role-playing.
  • * 1996 , Sabrina P Ramet, Gender reversals and gender cultures
  • The rarity of male domination in fantasy play is readily explained.
  • * 1996 , "toptigger", (on Internet newsgroup alt.personals.spanking.punishment )
  • Palm Springs M seeks sane F 4 safe bdsm play
  • * 2013 , Rachel Kramer Bussel, Best Bondage Erotica 2014
  • There were none of the usual restrictions on public nudity or sexual interaction in the club environment. Still, the night was young, and as he'd made his way to the bar to order Mistress Ramona a gin and tonic, he'd seen little in the way of play .
  • * 2014 , Jiri T. Servant, Facts About Bondage - Bondage Guide For Beginners
  • This type of play allows some people to relax and enjoy being given pleasure without having to think about giving pleasure back at the same time.
  • (countable) A button that, when pressed, causes media to be played.
  • Synonyms

    * (literary composition) drama * See also

    Derived terms

    * airplay * all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy * at play * bloodplay * child's play * close of play * double play * downplay * fair play * fireplay * force play * foreplay * foul play * grandstand play * learn to play * long play * nativity play * mystery play * outdoor play * passion play * pissplay * playact/play-act * play about * play along * play around * play back * play ball * playbill * playboy * play by ear * play by play, play-by-play * play date, playdate * play dead * play doctor * playdough * play down * play dumb * player * play fair * play fast and loose * play fight/play-fight/playfight * play for love * playful * play games * playground * play hardball * play hard to get * play hob with * play hooky * play house * playhouse * play in * play it by ear * play it safe * play lunch * playmate * play money * playoff/play-off/play off * play Old Harry * play on * play one against another * play one's cards right * play on words * playout/play out * playpen * play possum * playroom * playschool * play second fiddle * play silly buggers * play someone like a fiddle * playsuit * play the angles * play the devil * play the field * play the fool * play the hand one is dealt * play the ponies * play the race card * play the same tape * play the white man * plaything * playtime * play to the gallery * play to win * play truant * play up * play upon * playwear * play with * play with fire * play with oneself * playwright * plug-and-play * power play * quad play * radio play * rain stopped play * roleplay/role play/role-play * screen play/screenplay * shadow play * squeeze play * triple play * turnabout is fair play * two can play that game * war play * when the cat's away the mice will play * word play/wordplay

    See also

    (wikipedia play) * outdoor


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