Roulade to Roundhouse
(||Rou`lade") n. [F.] (Mus.) A smoothly running passage of short notes (as semiquavers, or
sixteenths) uniformly grouped, sung upon one long syllable, as in Handel's oratorios.
(||Rou`leau") n.; pl. F. Rouleaux E. Rouleaus [F., a roll, dim. fr. fr. rôle, formerly also spelt
roulle. See Roll.] A little roll; a roll of coins put up in paper, or something resembling such a roll.
(Rou*lette") n. [F., properly, a little wheel or ball. See Rouleau, Roll.]
1. A game of chance, in which a small ball is made to move round rapidly on a circle divided off into
numbered red and black spaces, the one on which it stops indicating the result of a variety of wagers
permitted by the game.
2. (Fine Arts) (a) A small toothed wheel used by engravers to roll over a plate in order to order to
produce rows of dots. (b) A similar wheel used to roughen the surface of a plate, as in making alterations
in a mezzotint.
3. (Geom.) the curve traced by any point in the plane of a given curve when the latter rolls, without
sliding, over another fixed curve. See Cycloid, and Epycycloid.
(Rou"ly-pou`ly) n. See Rolly- pooly.
(Roun, Rown) , v. i. & t. [AS. rnian, fr. rn a rune, secret, mystery; akin to G. raunen to whisper.
See Rune.] To whisper. [obs.] Gower.
Another rouned to his fellow low.Chaucer.
(Rounce) n. [Cf. F. ronce bramble, brier, thorn, ranche a round, step, rack, or E. round.]
(Print.) The handle by which the bed of a hand press, holding the form of type, etc., is run in under the
platen and out again; sometimes applied to the whole apparatus by which the form is moved under
(Roun"ce*val) a. [F. Ronceval, Roncevaux, a town at the foot of the foot of the Pyrenees,
Sp. Roncesvalles.] Large; strong; from the gigantic bones shown at Roncesvalles, and alleged to be
those of old heroes. [Obs.]
(Roun"ce*val), n. A giant; anything large; a kind of pea called also marrowfat. [Obs.]
(Roun"cy) n. A common hackney horse; a nag. [Obs.]
he rode upon a rouncy as he could.Chaucer.
(Round) v. i. & t. [From Roun.] To whisper. [obs.] Shak. Holland.
The Bishop of Glasgow rounding in his ear, "Ye are not a wise man," . . . he rounded likewise to the
bishop, and said, "Wherefore brought ye me here?"Calderwood.
(Round), a. [OF. roond, roont, reond, F. rond, fr. L. rotundus, fr. rota wheel. See Rotary,
and cf. Rotund, roundel, Rundlet.]
1. Having every portion of the surface or of the circumference equally distant from the center; spherical; circular; having
a form approaching a spherical or a circular shape; orbicular; globular; as, a round ball. "The big, round
Upon the firm opacous globeMilton.
Of this round world.
2. Having the form of a cylinder; cylindrical; as, the barrel of a musket is round.