(Roun"del) n. [OF. rondel a roundelay, F. rondel, rondeau, a dim. fr. rond; for sense 2, cf.
F. rondelle a round, a round shield. See Round, a., and cf. Rondel, Rondelay.]
1. (Mus.) A rondelay. "Sung all the roundel lustily." Chaucer.
Come, now a roundel and a fairy song.Shak.
2. Anything having a round form; a round figure; a circle.
The Spaniards, casting themselves into roundels, . . . made a flying march to Calais.Bacon.
Specifically: (a) A small circular shield, sometimes not more than a foot in diameter, used by soldiers in
the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. (b) (Her.) A circular spot; a sharge in the form of a small circle.
(c) (Fort.) A bastion of a circular form.
(Round"e*lay) n. [OF. rondelet, dim. of rondel. See Roundel, Roundeau, and cf. Roundlet,
1. (Poetry) See Rondeau, and Rondel.
2. (Mus.) (a) A tune in which a simple strain is often repeated; a simple rural strain which is short and
lively. Spenser. Tennyson. (b) A dance in a circle.
3. Anything having a round form; a roundel.
1. One who rounds; one who comes about frequently or regularly.
2. A tool for making an edge or surface round.
3. pl. An English game somewhat resembling baseball; also, another English game resembling the
game of fives, but played with a football.
Now we play rounders, and then we played prisoner's base.Bagehot.
(Round"fish) n. (Zoöl.) (a) Any ordinary market fish, exclusive of flounders, sole, halibut,
and other flatfishes. (b) A lake whitefish (Coregonus quadrilateralis), less compressed than the common
species. It is very abundant in British America and Alaska.
(Round"head`) n. (Eng. Hist.) A nickname for a Puritan. See Roundheads, the, in the
Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction. Toone.
(Round"head`ed), a. Having a round head or top.
1. A constable's prison; a lockup, watch-house, or station house. [Obs.]
2. (Naut.) (a) A cabin or apartament on the after part of the quarter-deck, having the poop for its
roof; sometimes called the coach. (b) A privy near the bow of the vessel.
3. A house for locomotive engines, built circularly around a turntable.