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Caradoc made no answer, but stared after the rowboat which was just rounding into the tug.

This is to be effected by rounding off the inside of the breast of the chimney, which may be done by a thick coating of plaster.

Rounding the cape, we anchored for the night close under the land.

The channel curved steadily, rounding the shoulder of a low ridge.

He was rounding then the stern of the brig and had to look away.

We broke into a trot and, rounding a corner of the wood, came upon the singer.

In rounding to, he narrowly missed smashing the smaller boat.

Rounding a crag, he saw redness glow in the face of a steep bluff.

They were rounding the big boulder and beginning the short ascent to the cabin.

What a jolly time we'd have had rounding up the bunch again.


late 13c., from Anglo-French rounde, Old French roont (12c., Modern French rond), probably originally *redond, from Vulgar Latin *retundus (cf. Provençal redon, Spanish redondo, Old Italian ritondo), from Latin rotundus "like a wheel, circular, round," related to rota "wheel" (see rotary).

As an adverb from c.1300; as a preposition from c.1600. In many uses it is a shortened form of around. The French word is the source of Middle Dutch ront (Dutch rond), Middle High German runt (German rund) and similar Germanic words.

Of numbers from mid-14c., from earlier sense "full, complete, brought to completion" (mid-14c., notion of symmetry extended to that of completeness). First record of round trip is from 1844, originally of railways. Round heels attested from 1926, in reference to incompetent boxers, 1927 in reference to loose women, in either case implying an inability to avoid ending up flat on one's back.

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