round curve


last updated: 2003-10-25

Is an oval round? Or are only circles round?
As for the Latin word 'circum', 'round' has two meanings:

  • specific denoting the circle form
  • more general, for a closed loopless curve

The second meaning is found in expressions as: a circular road, a circular saw, a circular tour. They all don't match the precise circle form.

Conclusion: there are to meanings of 'round' a strict one (circle) and a more general one.