A small bundle, as of straw or other like substance; any slender, flexible structure or group.
- A wisp of smoke rose from the candle for a few moments after he blew it out.
- A wisp of hair escaped her barrette and whipped wildly in the wind.
A whisk, or small broom.
A will o' the wisp, or ignis fatuus.
- in a small basket, on a wisp of hay
- the wisp that flickers where no foot can tread
* will o' the wisp
To brush or dress, as with a wisp.
(UK, dialect) To rumple.
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.
# 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.
#*: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.
(label) Convenient for ing other numbers to; for example, ending in a zero.
- Round was their pace at first, but slackened soon.
(label) Pronounced with the lips drawn together.
Outspoken; plain and direct; unreserved; not mincing.
* (Matthew Arnold) (1822-1888)
* (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
- the round assertion
Finished; polished; not defective or abrupt; said of authors or their writing style.
* (Henry Peacham) (1578-c.1644)
- Sir Toby, I must be round with you.
Consistent; fair; just; applied to conduct.
* (Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
- In his satires Horace is quick, round , and pleasant.
- 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
* round angle
, round dozen
, round the clock
, round trip
, rounded vowel}}
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.
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.
*: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.
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.
* (song) canon
* (hindquarters of a bovine) rump
* (rounded inside edge) fillet
* round of applause
Alternative form of around.
- I look round the room quickly to make sure it's neat.
- The serpent Error twines round human hearts.
* go round
* look round
* Sir Walter Scott
- The invitations were sent round accordingly.
To shape something into a curve.
* Francis Bacon
- The carpenter rounded the edges of the table.
- Worms with many feet, which round themselves into balls, are bred chiefly under logs of timber.
To become shaped into a curve.
* 1900 , , The House Behind the Cedars , Chapter I,
- The figures on our modern medals are raised and rounded to a very great perfection.
To finish; to complete; to fill out.
- 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.
- She rounded out her education with only a single mathematics class.
To approximate a number, especially a decimal number by the closest whole number.
- We are such stuff / As dreams are made on, and our little life / Is rounded with a sleep.
To turn past a boundary.
- Ninety-five rounds up to one hundred.
To turn and attack someone or something (used with on ).
- Helen watched him until he rounded the corner.
(baseball) To advance to home plate.
- As a group of policemen went past him, one of them rounded on him, grabbing him by the arm.
To go round, pass, go past.
- And the runners round the bases on the double by Jones.
, date=March 2
, author=Andy Campbell
, title=Celtic 1 - 0 Rangers
, 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.
To grow round or full; hence, to attain to fullness, completeness, or perfection.
- The inclusive verge / Of golden metal that must round my brow.
- The queen your mother rounds apace.
(obsolete) To go round, as a guard; to make the rounds.
- So rounds he to a separate mind, / From whence clear memory may begin.
(obsolete) To go or turn round; to wheel about.
- They nightly rounding walk.
* round off
* round out
* round up
* round down
From (etyl) rounen, from (etyl) . More at (l).
(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.
- 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?"
From (etyl) roun, from (etyl) .
(archaic, or, dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) A whisper; whispering.
(archaic, or, dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Discourse; song.