Gentlemen of the round
Round Round (round), n. 1. Anything round, as a circle, a globe, a ring. ``The golden round'' [the crown]. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

In labyrinth of many a round self-rolled. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. A series of changes or events ending where it began; a series of like events recurring in continuance; a cycle; a periodical revolution; as, the round of the seasons; a round of pleasures. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence: A course ending where it began; a circuit; a beat; especially, one freguently or regulary traversed; also, the act of traversing a circuit; as, a watchman's round; the rounds of the postman. [1913 Webster]

4. A series of duties or tasks which must be performed in turn, and then repeated. [1913 Webster]

the trivial round, the common task. --Keble. [1913 Webster]

5. Hence: (Mining, Tunneling) One work cycle, consisting of drilling blast holes, loading them with explosive, blasting, mucking out, and, if necessary, installing temporary support. [RDH]

. . . Inco is still much more advanced than other mining companies. He says that the LKAB mine in Sweden is the closest rival. He predicts that, by 2008, Inco can reach a new productivity plateau, doubling the current mining productivity from 3,350 tonnes to 6,350 tonnes per person per year. Another aim is to triple the mine cycle rate (the time to drill, blast and muck a round) from one cycle to three complete cycles per 24 hours. --http://www.canadianminingjournal.com/issues/apr00/page10.asp [PJC]

6. A course of action or conduct performed by a number of persons in turn, or one after another, as if seated in a circle. [1913 Webster]

Women to cards may be compared: we play A round or two; which used, we throw away. --Granville. [1913 Webster]

The feast was served; the bowl was crowned; To the king's pleasure went the mirthful round. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

7. Hence: A complete set of plays in a game or contest covering a standard number of individual plays or parts; as, a round of golf; a round of tennis. [PJC]

8. Hence: One set of games in a tournament. [PJC]

9. The time during which prize fighters or boxers are in actual contest without an intermission, as prescribed by their rules; a bout. [1913 Webster]

10. A circular dance. [1913 Webster]

Come, knit hands, and beat the ground, In a light fantastic round. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

11. That which goes round a whole circle or company; as, a round of applause. [1913 Webster]

12. Rotation, as in office; succession. --Holyday. [1913 Webster]

13. The step of a ladder; a rundle or rung; also, a crosspiece which joins and braces the legs of a chair. [1913 Webster]

All the rounds like Jacob's ladder rise. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

14. (Mil.) (a) A walk performed by a guard or an officer round the rampart of a garrison, or among sentinels, to see that the sentinels are faithful and all things safe; also, the guard or officer, with his attendants, who performs this duty; -- usually in the plural. (b) A general discharge of firearms by a body of troops in which each soldier fires once. (c) One piece of ammunition for a firearm, used by discharging one piece at a time; as, each soldier carried a hundred rounds of ammunition. [1913 Webster +PJC]

15. (Mus.) A short vocal piece, resembling a catch in which three or four voices follow each other round in a species of canon in the unison. [1913 Webster]

16. A brewer's vessel in which the fermentation is concluded, the yeast escaping through the bunghole. [1913 Webster]

17. A vessel filled, as for drinking; as, to drink a round od ale together. [R.] [1913 Webster +PJC]

18. An assembly; a group; a circle; as, a round of politicians. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

19. (Naut.) See {Roundtop}. [1913 Webster]

20. Same as {Round of beef}, below. [1913 Webster]

{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.] [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{Round of beef}, the part of the thigh below the aitchbone, or between the rump and the leg. See Illust. of {beef}.

{Round steak}, a beefsteak cut from the round.

{Sculpture in the round}, sculpture giving the full form, as of man; statuary, distinguished from relief. [1913 Webster]


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