Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A circular or gracefully rounded object.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A round; a circle; a curve; a swell; roundness. Also roundure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A round; a circle.
  • noun rare Roundness; plumpness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a graceful round object, or a graceful curvature
  • noun a ring or sphere

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French rondeur, roundness, from Old French, from ronde, round; see round.]

Examples

  • She said, It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that the man of Al – Yaman, the master of the handmaids, signed to the fat girl who rose and, pointing her finger at the slim girl, bared her calves and wrists and uncovered her stomach, showing its dimples and the plump rondure of her navel.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Then she stripped off her outer gear and she threw open her chemise from the neck downwards and showed her parts genital and all the rondure of her hips.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Presently she anounced the glad tidings to her husband and led her usual life until her nine months of pregnancy were completed and she bare a male child whose face was as the rondure of the moon on its fourteenth night.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • On her right cheek is a mole and on her waist, under her navel, is a sign; her face shines as the rondure of the moon in sheen, her waist is slight, her hips a heavy weight, and the water of her mouth the sick doth heal, as it were Kausar or

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • So Abdullah entered and the Merman cried out, saying, “Ho, daughter mine!” when behold, there came to him a damsel with a face like the rondure of the moon and hair long, hips heavy, eyes black-edged and waist slender; but she was naked and had a tail.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Then he looked at the damsel and saw her surpassing beauty and loveliness and symmetry and perfect grace, with a face like the rondure of the moon at its full or the sun shining in the sheeny sky.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  •     Texture of upright pine with a keel's curved rondure uniting.

    Poems and Fragments

  • Her décolletage had slipped somewhat, revealing additional rondure.

    Stork Naked

  •     Texture of upright pine with a keel's curved rondure uniting.

    Poems and Fragments

  • And of course in each skull, in each rondure of vacated eye, he saw the boy's face.

    The Gunslinger

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  • Noun. A circular or gracefully rounded object.

    September 1, 2009

  • Rondure rolls off my tongue, graceful, peaceful, elegant. I met it when memorizing "Out of the Rolling Ocean the Crowd," by Walt Whitman.

    June 14, 2011