A round is a musical composition in which two or more voices sing exactly the same melody, but with each voice beginning at different times so that different parts of the melody coincide in the different voices, but nevertheless fit harmoniously together. It is one of the easiest forms of part singing, as only one line of melody need be learned by all parts, and is part of a popular musical tradition. They were particularly favoured in glee clubs, which combined amateur singing with regular drinking .

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  1. A circular or spherical object or part of an object.
  2. A circular or repetitious route.
    hospital rounds
  3. A general outburst from a group of people at an event.
  4. A song that is sung by groups of people with each subset of people starting at a different time.
  5. A serving of something; a portion of something to each person in a group.
  6. A single individual portion or dose of medicine.
  7. A long-bristled, circular-headed paintbrush used in oil and acrylic painting.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. A stage in a competition.
  11. In some sports, e.g. golf or showjumping: one complete way around the course.
  12. A rounded relief or cut at an edge, especially an outside edge, added for a finished appearance and to soften sharp edges.
  13. A strip of material with a circular face that covers an edge, gap, or crevice for decorative, sanitary, or security purposes.
  14. The hindquarters of a bovine.
  15. A rung, as of a ladder.
  16. A crosspiece that joins and braces the legs of a chair.
  17. A series of changes or events ending where it began; a series of like events recurring in continuance; a cycle; a periodical revolution.
    the round of the seasons; a round of pleasures
  18. A course of action or conduct performed by a number of persons in turn, or one after another, as if seated in a circle.
  19. A series of duties or tasks which must be performed in turn, and then repeated.
  20. A circular dance.
  21. Rotation, as in office; succession.
  22. A general discharge of firearms by a body of troops in which each soldier fires once.
  23. An assembly; a group; a circle.
    a round of politicians
  24. A brewer's vessel in which the fermentation is concluded, the yeast escaping through the bunghole.
  25. A vessel filled, as for drinking.
  26. A round-top.
  27. A round of beef.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. A whisper; whispering.
  2. Discourse; song.


  1. To shape something into a curve.
    The carpenter rounded the edges of the table.
  2. To become shaped into a curve.
  3. To finish; to complete; to fill out.
    She rounded out her education with only a single mathematics class.
  4. To approximate a number, especially a decimal number by the closest whole number.
    Ninety-five rounds up to one hundred.
  5. To turn past a boundary.
    Helen watched him until he rounded the corner.
  6. 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.
  7. To advance to home plate.
    And the runners round the bases on the double by Jones.
  8. To go round, pass, go past.
  9. To encircle; to encompass.

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. To speak in a low tone; whisper; speak secretly; take counsel.
  2. To address or speak to in a whisper, utter in a whisper.


  1. Circular or cylindrical; having a circular cross-section in one direction.
    We sat at a round table to make conversation easier.
  2. Spherical; shaped like a ball; having a circular cross-section in more than one direction.
    The ancient Egyptian demonstrated that the Earth is round, not flat.
  3. Lacking sharp angles; having gentle curves.
    Our child's bed has round corners for safety.
  4. Plump.
  5. Complete, whole, not lacking.
    The baker sold us a round dozen.
  6. Convenient for rounding other numbers to; for example, ending in a zero.
    One hundred is a nice round number.
  7. Pronounced with the lips drawn together.
  8. Outspoken; plain and direct; unreserved; not mincing.
    a round answer; a round oath
  9. Finished; polished; not defective or abrupt; said of authors or their writing style.
  10. Consistent; fair; just; applied to conduct.


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