round

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • adjective not exact, but given to the nearest whole number

Banking

  • phrasal verb to make a fractional figure a full figure, by increasing or decreasing it

Commerce

  • noun a series (of meetings)

Construction

  • A molding that may be semicircular to full round, as in a closet rod.
  • A turn of wire rope around a drum.

Electronics

  • To perform a rounding (1) procedure. Also called round off.

Medical

  • adjective shaped like a circle

Military

  • noun one projectile plus the propellant required to fire it

Publishing

  • verb to make the spine of a book round

Wine

  • used to describe a smooth, full-bodied and well-balanced wine

Origin & History of “round”

Round goes back ultimately to Latin rotundus ‘round’, source of English rotund. In vulgar Latin this became *retundus, which passed into Old French as reont, later ront. Its stem form rond- gave English round. Derivatives to have reached English include prune ‘cut branches’, rondo (18th c.), roundel (13th c.), and roundelay (16th c.); but surround, despite the similarity, is not related.
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