(||Ron`dache") n. [F.] (Anc. Armor.) A circular shield carried by foot soldiers.

(||Ronde) n. [F.] (Print.) A kind of script in which the heavy strokes are nearly upright, giving the characters when taken together a round look.

(Ron*deau") n. [F. See Roundel.] [Written also rondo.]

1. A species of lyric poetry so composed as to contain a refrain or repetition which recurs according to a fixed law, and a limited number of rhymes recurring also by rule.

When the rondeau was called the rondel it was mostly written in fourteen octosyllabic lines of two rhymes, as in the rondels of Charles d'Orleans. . . . In the 17th century the approved form of the rondeau was a structure of thirteen verses with a refrain. Encyc. Brit.

2. (Mus.) See Rondo, 1.

(Ron"del) n. [Cf. Rondeau, Roundel.]

1. (Fort.) A small round tower erected at the foot of a bastion. [Obs.]

2. [F.] (a) Same as Rondeau. (b) Specifically, a particular form of rondeau containing fourteen lines in two rhymes, the refrain being a repetition of the first and second lines as the seventh and eighth, and again as the thirteenth and fourteenth. E. W. Gosse.

(||Ron`de*le"ti*a) n. [NL. So named after William Rondelet, a French naturalist.] (Bot.) A tropical genus of rubiaceous shrubs which often have brilliant flowers.

(Ron"dle) n. [Cf. Rondel.]

1. A rondeau. [Obs.] Spenser.

2. A round mass, plate, or disk; especially (Metal.), the crust or scale which forms upon the surface of molten metal in the crucible.

(Ron"do) n. [It. rondò, fr. F. rondeau. See Rondeau.]

1. (Mus.) A composition, vocal or instrumental, commonly of a lively, cheerful character, in which the first strain recurs after each of the other strains. "The Rondo-form was the earliest and most frequent definite mold for musical construction." Grove.

2. (Poetry) See Rondeau, 1.

(Ron"dure) n. [Cf. F. rondeur roundness.]

1. A round; a circle. [Obs.] Shak.

2. Roundness; plumpness. [R.]

High-kirtled for the chase, and what was shown
Of maiden rondure, like the rose half-blown.

(Rong) obs. imp. & p. p. of Ring. Chaucer.

(Rong), n. Rung [Obs.] Chaucer.

(||Ron`geur") n. [F., fr. ronger to gnaw.] (Surg.) An instrument for removing small rough portions of bone.

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