Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being round, or circular, spherical, globular, cylindrical, curved, or convex; circularity; sphericity; cylindrical form; rotundity; convexity: as, the roundness of the globe, of the orb of the sun, of a ball, of a bowl, of a hill, etc.
  • noun The quality of being well filled or rounded out metaphorically; fullness, completeness, openness, positiveness, boldness, or the like.
  • noun Synonyms Roundness, Rotundity, plumpness, globularity. Roundness applies with equal freedom to a circle, a sphere, a cylinder, or a cone, and, by extension, to forms that by approach suggest any one of these: as, roundness of limb or cheek. Rotundity now applies usually to spheres and to forms suggesting a sphere or a hemisphere: as, the rotundity of the earth or of a barrel; rotundity of abdomen.

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

  • noun The quality or state of being round in shape
  • noun Fullness; smoothness of flow.
  • noun Openess; plainess; boldness; positiveness.

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

  • noun The quality of being round.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the fullness of a tone of voice
  • noun the quality of being round numbers
  • noun the bodily property of being well rounded
  • noun the property possessed by a line or surface that is curved and not angular

Etymologies

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round +‎ -ness

Examples

  • It's vacant condo roundness is perfect for the ballpark penthouse boxes with the media boxes on top.

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  • The roundness is more pleasant to the eye than angles of sqaures.

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  • Umbria is, after all, the source of some of Italy's best olive oil, every bit the equal of Tuscany's in roundness and peppery bite, and of black truffles.

    Green-Hearted Italy

  • She was tall without being too much so; she had a certain roundness, her throat being rather pronounced but very beautiful; her face was still attractive, her features were regular and graceful; her hair was ashy, and curly like a child's.

    Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun

  • There’s a certain roundness, a balance and symmetry, to that.

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  • The only exception to the roundness was a slight hollow on the top of each head, making it saucer-shaped instead of dome-shaped.

    The Tin Woodman of Oz

  • The sensuous material for both concretions is the same; the perception which, recurring in different objects otherwise not retained in memory gives the idea of roundness, is the same perception which helps to constitute the spatial concretion called the sun.

    The Life of Reason

  • The only exception to the roundness was a slight hollow on the top of each head, making it saucer-shaped instead of dome-shaped.

    The Tin Woodman of Oz

  • And "roundness," he continues, "is impossible in fiction, because fictional characters, while very alive in their way, are not the same as real people."

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  • Moving away from me down the long market aisle, Robert looked just as Bobby might have as a boy, except that there was something defenseless in the way he held himself, a kind of roundness to back and shoulder.

    Black and Blue

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