Round Round, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rounded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rounding}.] 1. To make circular, spherical, or cylindrical; to give a round or convex figure to; as, to round a silver coin; to round the edges of anything. [1913 Webster]

Worms with many feet, which round themselves into balls, are bred chiefly under logs of timber. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

The figures on our modern medals are raised and rounded to a very great perfection. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. To surround; to encircle; to encompass. [1913 Webster]

The inclusive verge Of golden metal that must round my brow. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To bring to fullness or completeness; to complete; hence, to bring to a fit conclusion. [1913 Webster]

We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To go round wholly or in part; to go about (a corner or point); as, to round a corner; to round Cape Horn. [1913 Webster]

5. To make full, smooth, and flowing; as, to round periods in writing. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

{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. [Western U.S.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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