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Is round a shape? Or an adjective that describes a shape? At the moment, I'm thinking it is, and all the sites I've looked at seem to agree, but it's been argued with me that round only refers to a shape, and is not actually one.

Any thoughts?
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AnonymousIs round a shape? Or an adjective that describes a shape?
An adjective that describes a shape.

Some shapes are a triangle, a circle, a rectangle, an ellipse, and a pentagon. There is no shape called "a round". It would have to be an approximation thus: It's a round thing.

CJ
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Hi,

Is round a shape? Or an adjective that describes a shape? At the moment, I'm thinking it is, and all the sites I've looked at seem to agree, but it's been argued with me that round only refers to a shape, and is not actually one.
As an adjective, 'round' describes a shape. However, as a noun, 'round' has a number of meanings, some of which relate to shape. eg a bullet is often referred to as a round, because of the shape. As a verb, 'to round' something often means to produce a round shape.

Best wishes, Clive
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In essence, what you are asking is can 'round' be used as a noun that is synonymous with 'circle' or even 'sphere'. A good test of this would be if you asked 100 people what 'a round' is. I would guess that very few would say it's a circle or sphere. Most would say it is drinks bought in a bar for you and your friends or a bullet in a gun or, more rarely, a set of billiards games, a single song sung by multiple voices starting at slightly different times or a tablet of shortbread. So, by common usage, 'a round' is not 'a shape'.
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I would say round describes the acuteness of an angle
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Round is not a shape.

Round is not a shape, it wo7ld be an adjective that describes a shape.

At best, round is a loose description of a circle or circular shape. A ball or some other “round” shape should technically be called a sphere.

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