Round vs Return - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between round and return

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 return is the act of returning.

As verbs the difference between round and return

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 return is to come or go back (to a place or person).

As an adjective round

is (label) shape.

As a preposition round

is alternative form of around.

As an adverb round

is .

round

English

(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.

Adjective

(en-adj)
  • (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.
    Synonyms
    * (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}}

    Noun

    (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 [http://www.avclub.com/articles/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
    Antonyms
    * (rounded inside edge) fillet
    Derived terms
    * round of applause

    Preposition

    (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

    Adverb

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

    Verb

  • 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).

    Verb

    (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)
    (Holland)
  • * 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) .

    Noun

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

    English

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To come or go back (to a place or person).
  • :
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=4 , passage=The Celebrity, by arts unknown, induced Mrs. Judge Short and two other ladies to call at Mohair on an afternoon when Mr. Cooke was trying a trotter on the track. The three returned wondering and charmed with Mrs. Cooke; they were sure she had had no hand in the furnishing of that atrocious house.}}
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=19 citation , passage=As soon as Julia returned with a constable, Timothy, who was on the point of exhaustion, prepared to give over to him gratefully. The newcomer turned out to be a powerful youngster, fully trained and eager to help, and he stripped off his tunic at once.}}
  • To go back in thought, narration, or argument.
  • :
  • (obsolete) To turn back, retreat.
  • *, Bk.V:
  • *:‘I suppose here is none woll be glad to returne – and as for me,’ seyde Sir Cador, ‘I had lever dye this day that onys to turne my bak.’
  • (obsolete) To turn (something) round.
  • *, Bk.X, Ch.xiij:
  • *:Whan Kyng Marke harde hym sey that worde, he returned his horse and abode by hym.
  • To put (place) something back where it had been.
  • :
  • To give something back to its original holder or owner.
  • :
  • To take something back to a retailer for a refund.
  • :
  • To give in requital or recompense; to requite.
  • *Bible, 1 Kings ii.44
  • *:The Lord shall return thy wickedness upon thine own head.
  • (tennis) To bat the ball back over the net in response to a serve.
  • :
  • (card games) To play a card as a result of another player's lead.
  • :
  • (cricket) To throw a ball back to the wicket-keeper (or a fielder at that position) from somewhere in the field.
  • To say in reply; to respond.
  • :to return''' an answer;  to '''return thanks
  • *1897 , (Henry James), (What Maisie Knew)
  • *:‘Ah my good friend, I do look out!’ the young man returned while Maisie helped herself afresh to bread and butter.
  • (computing) To relinquish control to the calling procedure.
  • (computing) To pass (data) back to the calling procedure.
  • :
  • (dated) To retort; to throw back.
  • :to return the lie
  • *Dryden
  • *:If you are a malicious reader, you return upon me, that I affect to be thought more impartial than I am.
  • To report, or bring back and make known.
  • :to return the result of an election
  • *Bible, Exodus xix.8
  • *:And all the people answered together,and Moses returned the words of the people unto the Lord.
  • (by extension, UK) To elect according to the official report of the election officers.
  • Derived terms

    (Terms derived from the verb "return") * return to form

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The act of returning.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town. I was completely mystified at such an unusual proceeding.}}
  • A return ticket.
  • An item that is returned, e.g. due to a defect, or the act of returning it.
  • An answer.
  • a return to one's question
  • An account, or formal report, of an action performed, of a duty discharged, of facts or statistics, etc.; especially, in the plural, a set of tabulated statistics prepared for general information.
  • election returns'''; a '''return of the amount of goods produced or sold
  • Gain or loss from an investment.
  • * Jeremy Taylor
  • The fruit from many days of recreation is very little; but from these few hours we spend in prayer, the return is great.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=April 22, author=Sam Sheringham, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Liverpool 0-1 West Brom , passage=Liverpool have now won only five of their 17 home league games this season. It is a poor return for a team of Liverpool's pedigree and resources but, once again, Kenny Dalglish's team were the instigators of their own downfall as chance after chance went begging.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-06, volume=408, issue=8843, page=68, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The rise of smart beta , passage=Investors face a quandary. Cash offers a return' of virtually zero in many developed countries; government-bond yields may have risen in recent weeks but they are still unattractive. Equities have suffered two big bear markets since 2000 and are wobbling again. It is hardly surprising that pension funds, insurers and endowments are searching for new sources of ' return .}}
  • (taxation, finance): A report of income submitted to a government for purposes of specifying exact tax payment amounts. A tax return.
  • (computing) A carriage return character.
  • (computing) The act of relinquishing control to the calling procedure.
  • (computing) A return value: the data passed back from a called procedure.
  • A short perpendicular extension of a desk, usually slightly lower.
  • (American football) Catching a ball after a punt and running it back towards the opposing team.
  • (cricket) A throw from a fielder to the wicket-keeper or to another fielder at the wicket.
  • The continuation in a different direction, most often at a right angle, of a building, face of a building, or any member, such as a moulding; applied to the shorter in contradistinction to the longer.
  • A facade of sixty feet east and west has a return of twenty feet north and south.

    Synonyms

    * (l)

    Derived terms

    (Terms derived from the noun "return") * abnormal return * absolute return * active return * amended return * annual return * carriage return * day return * dollar return * exante return * excess return * expected return * exponential return * false return * hard return * in return * information return * joint return * many happy returns * market return * mean return * non-return * point of no return * rate of return * real return * relative return * return address * return crease * return day * return extrasystole * return flow * return key * return of capital * return on assests * return on capital emlpoyed * return on equity * return on invested capital * return on investment * return on net assets * return on sales * return stroke * return ticket * return to form * Return To Zero * return address * risk-adjsuted return * risk-free return * risk-return tradeoff * safety-net return/safety net return * soft return * subperiod return * tax return * total return * venous return

    Statistics

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