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All round

  • over the whole place; in every direction.
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All-round

  • adjective satellite many-sided
    all-round; all-around.
    • an all-around athlete
    • a well-rounded curriculum
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  • of general capacity; as, an all-round man. Colloq.
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all-rounder

  • noun a versatile person who is expert at many things
    all arounder.
    • she's the best all-rounder they've seen in years
  • adjective satellite many-sided
    all-round; all-around.
    • an all-around athlete
    • a well-rounded curriculum
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ask round

  • verb invite someone to one's house
    ask over; invite.
    • Can I invite you for dinner on Sunday night?
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At a round rate

  • rapidly. Dryden.
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bottom round

  • noun cut from the round; suitable for pot roast
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bring round

  • verb cause to adopt an opinion or course of action
    bring around.
    • His urgent letter finally brought me around to give money to the school
  • verb return to consciousness
    bring to; bring back; bring around.
    • These pictures bring back sad memories
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circle round

  • verb move around in a circular motion
    revolve around; circle around.
    • The Earth revolves around the Sun
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come round

  • verb change one's position or opinion
    come around.
    • He came around to our point of view
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Counter round

  • (Mil.), a body of officers whose duty it is to visit and inspect the rounds and sentinels.
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daily round

  • noun the usual activities in your day
    round.
    • the doctor made his rounds
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Gentlemen of the round

  • . (a) Gentlemen soldiers of low rank who made the rounds . See 10 (a), above. (b) Disbanded soldiers who lived by begging. Obs.
    Worm-eaten gentlemen of the round, such as have vowed to sit on the skirts of the city, let your provost and his half dozen of halberdiers do what they can. B. Jonson.
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Half round

  • . (a) (Arch.) A molding of semicircular section. (b) (Mech.) Having one side flat and the other rounded; said of a file.
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Half-round hoop

  • a wooden hoop left rounding and undressed on the outside.
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In round numbers

  • approximately in even units, tens, hundreds, etc.; as, a bin holding 99 or 101 bushels may be said to hold in round numbers 100 bushels.
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king arthur's round table

  • noun (legend) the circular table for King Arthur and his knights
    King Arthur's Round Table.
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knight of the round table

  • noun in the Arthurian legend, a knight of King Arthur's court
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merry-go-round

  • noun a never-ending cycle of activities and events (especially when they seem to have little purpose)
    • if we lose the election the whole legislative merry-go-round will have to start over
  • noun a large, rotating machine with seats for children to ride or amusement
    roundabout; whirligig; carrousel; carousel.
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Mer"ry-go`-round" noun
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  1. Any revolving contrivance for affording amusement; esp., a ring of flying hobbyhorses.
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moon-round

  • adjective satellite resembling the moon in shape
    moonlike.
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paper round

  • noun the route taken when delivering newspapers every day
    paper route.
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pull round

  • verb continue in existence after (an adversity, etc.)
    survive; make it; come through; pull through.
    • He survived the cancer against all odds
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quarter round

  • noun a convex molding having a cross section in the form of a quarter of a circle or of an ellipse
    ovolo; thumb.
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Quar"ter round`
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  1. (Arch.) An ovolo.
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Round about

  • an emphatic form for round or about. "Moses . . . set them [The elders] round about the tabernacle." Num. xi. 24.
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round angle

  • noun an angle of 360 degrees
    perigon.
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round arch

  • noun an arch formed in a continuous curve; characteristic of Roman architecture
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Round bodies

  • (Geom.), the sphere right cone, and right cylinder.
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round bone

  • noun bones that are round in shape
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Round clam

  • noun Atlantic coast round clams with hard shells; large clams usually used for chowders or other clam dishes
    quahaug; quahog; hard-shell clam.
  • noun an edible American clam; the heavy shells were used as money by some American Indians
    hard-shell clam; Mercenaria mercenaria; quahaug; hard clam; Venus mercenaria; quahog.
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  • (Zoöl.), the quahog.
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Round dance

  • noun a folk dance; dancers form a circle
    ring dance.
  • noun a ballroom dance characterized by revolving movement
    round dance.
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  • one which is danced by couples with a whirling or revolving motion, as the waltz, polka, etc.
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round dancing

  • noun a ballroom dance characterized by revolving movement
    round dance.
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round down

  • verb express as a round number
    round down; round; round off.
    • round off the amount
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round file

  • noun a file with a circular cross section; used to file the inside of holes
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Round game

  • a game, as of cards, in which each plays on his own account.
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Round hand

  • noun a clearly written style of longhand with large round curves
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  • a style of penmanship in which the letters are formed in nearly an upright position, and each separately distinct; distinguished from running hand.
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round kumquat

  • noun shrub bearing round-fruited kumquats
    marumi kumquat; marumi; Fortunella japonica.
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round ligament of the uterus

  • noun ligament attached to the uterus on either side in front of and below the opening of the Fallopian tube and passing through the inguinal canal to the labia majora
    ligamentum teres uteri.
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Round of beef

  • the part of the thigh below the aitchbone, or between the rump and the leg. See Illust. of beef.
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round of drinks

  • noun a serving to each of a group (usually alcoholic)
    round.
    • he ordered a second round
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round of golf

  • noun the activity of playing 18 holes of golf
    round.
    • a round of golf takes about 4 hours
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round off

  • verb make round
    round; round off.
    • round the edges
  • verb bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state
    polish up; polish; round; brush up.
    • polish your social manners
  • verb express as a round number
    round down; round; round off.
    • round off the amount
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round out

  • verb fill out
    finish out.
    • These studies round out the results of many years of research
  • verb make bigger or better or more complete
    fill out.
  • verb express as a round number
    round down; round; round off.
    • round off the amount
  • verb make round
    round; round off.
    • round the edges
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Round robin

  • noun a tournament in which every contestant plays every other contestant
  • noun a letter signed by a number of people
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  • . Perhaps F. round round + ruban ribbon. (a) A written petition, memorial, remonstrance, protest, etc., the signatures to which are made in a circle so as not to indicate who signed first. "No round robins signed by the whole main deck of the Academy or the Porch." De Quincey. (b) (Zoöl.) The cigar fish.
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round scad

  • noun small fusiform fish of western Atlantic
    quiaquia; Decapterus punctatus; cigarfish.
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round shape

  • noun a shape that is curved and without sharp angles
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Round shot

  • noun a solid projectile that in former times was fired from a cannon
    cannon ball; cannonball.
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  • a solid spherical projectile for ordnance.
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Round steak

  • noun a lean cut of beef from between the rump and the shank
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  • a beefsteak cut from the round.
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Round Table

  • noun a meeting of peers for discussion and exchange of views
    roundtable; round table.
    • a roundtable on the future of computing
  • noun (legend) the circular table for King Arthur and his knights
    King Arthur's Round Table.
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  • the table about which sat King Arthur and his knights. See Knights of the Round Table, under Knight.
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round the bend

  • adjective satellite informal or slang terms for mentally irregular
    loco; wacky; loopy; bats; haywire; nuts; balmy; kooky; nutty; barmy; around the bend; buggy; kookie; loony; whacky; crackers; daft; dotty; batty; cracked; fruity; bonkers.
    • it used to drive my husband balmy
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round the clock

  • adverb without stopping
    for 24 hours; around the clock.
    • she worked around the clock
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round top

  • noun a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance
    circus tent; big top; top.
    • he was afraid of a fire in the circus tent
    • they had the big top up in less than an hour
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Round tower

  • one of certain lofty circular stone towers, tapering from the base upward, and usually having a conical cap or roof, which crowns the summit, found chiefly in Ireland. They are of great antiquity, and vary in heigh from thirty-five to one hundred and thiry feet.
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round trip

  • noun a trip to some place and back again
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Round trot

  • one in which the horse throws out his feet roundly; a full, brisk, quick trot. Addison.
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Round turn

  • (Naut.), one turn of a rope round a timber, a belaying pin, etc.
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round up

  • verb seek out and bring together
    • round up some loyal followers
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round whitefish

  • noun a whitefish with a bronze back; of northern North America and Siberia
    Prosopium cylindraceum; Menominee whitefish.
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round window

  • noun fenestra leading into the cochlea
    fenestra cochleae; fenestra rotunda; fenestra of the cochlea.
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round-arm

  • adjective satellite with the arm swung round at shoulder height
    • round-arm bowling
  • adverb with an outward or horizontal swing of the arm
    • he hit the ball round-arm
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Round"-arm` adjective
Definitions
  1. (Cricket) Applied to the method delivering the ball in bowling, by swinging the arm horizontally. R. A. Proctor.
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round-backed

  • adjective satellite having the back and shoulders rounded; not erect
    crooked; stooping; hunched; stooped; round-backed.
    • a little oldish misshapen stooping woman
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Round"-backed` adjective
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  1. Having a round back or shoulders; round-shouldered.
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round-bottom

  • adjective satellite having a rounded bottom
    round-bottom.
    • round-bottom flasks
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round-bottom flask

  • noun a spherical flask with a narrow neck
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round-bottomed

  • adjective satellite having a rounded bottom
    round-bottom.
    • round-bottom flasks
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round-eyed

  • adjective satellite exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity
    simple; wide-eyed; dewy-eyed; childlike.
    • childlike trust
    • dewy-eyed innocence
    • listened in round-eyed wonder
  • adjective satellite having large round wide-open eyes
    saucer-eyed.
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round-faced

  • adjective satellite having a round face
    moon-faced.
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round-fruited

  • adjective satellite bearing round fruit
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round-headed leek

  • noun Old World leek with a spherical bulb
    Allium sphaerocephalum.
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round-leaved rein orchid

  • noun orchid having a raceme of large greenish-white flowers on a single flower stalk growing between two elliptic or round basal leaves lying on the ground; from northern Oregon and Montana across Canada to the eastern United States
    Habenaria orbiculata.
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round-shouldered

  • adjective satellite having the back and shoulders rounded; not erect
    crooked; stooping; hunched; stooped; round-backed.
    • a little oldish misshapen stooping woman
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Round"-shoul`dered adjective
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  1. Having the shoulders stooping or projecting; round-backed.
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round-spored gyromitra

  • noun a gyromitra with a brown puffed up fertile part and a rosy pink fluted stalk and smooth round spores; found on hardwood slash east of the Great Plains
    Gyromitra sphaerospora.
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round-table conference

  • noun a meeting of peers for discussion and exchange of views
    roundtable; round table.
    • a roundtable on the future of computing
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round-tailed muskrat

  • noun of Florida wetlands
    Neofiber alleni; Florida water rat.
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round-the-clock

  • adjective satellite at all times
    around-the-clock; day-and-night; nonstop.
    • around-the-clock nursing care
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round-the-clock patrol

  • noun a continuous nonstop patrol
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round-trip light time

  • noun the elapsed time it takes for a signal to travel from Earth to a spacecraft (or other body) and back to the starting point
    RTLT.
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round-trip ticket

  • noun a ticket to a place and back (usually over the same route)
    return ticket.
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round-up

Round"-up` noun
Definitions
  1. The act of collecting or gathering together scattered cattle by riding around them and driving them in. Western U.S.
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rounding error

  • noun (mathematics) a miscalculation that results from rounding off numbers to a convenient number of decimals
    rounding.
    • the error in the calculation was attributable to rounding
    • taxes are rounded off to the nearest dollar but the rounding error is surprisingly small
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Sculpture in the round

  • sculpture giving the full form, as of man; statuary, distinguished from relief.
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theater in the round

  • noun a theater arranged with seats around at least three sides of the stage
    arena theater.
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To bring one round

  • . (a) To cause one to change his opinions or line of conduct . (b) To restore one to health . Colloq.
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To bring up (any one) with a round turn

  • to cause (any one) to stop abruptly. Colloq.
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To bring up with a round turn

  • to stop abruptly. Colloq.
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To come round

  • . (a) To recur in regular course. (b) To recover. Colloq. (c) To change, as the wind. (d) To relent. J. H. Newman. (e) To circumvent; to wheedle. Colloq.
  • to gain the consent of, or circumvent, (a person) by flattery or deception. Colloq.
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To luff round, ∨ To luff alee

  • to make the extreme of this movement, for the purpose of throwing the ship's head into the wind.
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To pay round

  • Etymol. uncertain. (Naut.) To turn the ship's head.
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To round in

  • (Naut.) To haul up; usually, to haul the slack of (a rope) through its leading block, or to haul up (a tackle which hangs loose) by its fall. Totten. (b) To collect together (cattle) by riding around them, as on cattle ranches round up . Western U.S.
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To round to

  • (Naut.), to turn the head of a ship toward the wind.
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To swing round the circle

  • to make a complete circuit. Colloq.
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To turn round

  • . (a) To change position so as to face in another direction. (b) To change one's opinion; to change from one view or party to another.
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top round

  • noun roast cut from the round; usually suitable for roasting
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Way of the rounds

  • (Fort.), a space left for the passage of the rounds between a rampart and the wall of a fortified town.
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wear round

  • verb turn into the wind
    tack.
    • The sailors decided to tack the boat
    • The boat tacked
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well-rounded

  • adjective satellite many-sided
    all-round; all-around.
    • an all-around athlete
    • a well-rounded curriculum
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whip-round

  • noun (British) solicitation of money usually for a benevolent purpose
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year-round

  • adjective operating or continuing throughout the year
    year-around.
    • a year-round resort
    • a year-round job
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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