Definition of in the round in English:

in the round


  • 1(of sculpture) standing free with all sides shown, rather than carved in relief against a ground.

    • ‘Whether in reliefs or figures carved in the round, he achieved dramatic expression of emotion through the intense faces, emphatic gestures, and cascading draperies of his figures.’
    • ‘The turn from relief to sculpture in the round led to radical changes in his work.’
    • ‘Standing just 36 cm high, and carved in the round, the model for the Queen Charlotte's figurehead is a tour de force of the woodcarver's art, although its maker's name is as yet unknown.’
    • ‘They are not sculpture in the round, but the pieces can be viewed from either side.’
    • ‘Also carved in the round is a seated female figure just over one inch in height.’
    1. 1.1Fully and thoroughly; with all aspects shown.
      ‘to understand social phenomena one must see them in the round’
      • ‘The process must be viewed in the round, and not on a pupil by pupil basis, and chambers may well see an advantage in developing close relationships with pupils who plan to practise as employed barristers or to practise overseas.’
      • ‘The question of exceptional circumstances must therefore be considered in the round.’
      • ‘The adjudicator must look at all of the material in the round and see whether he is persuaded of the claim.’
      • ‘But where there is any element of ambiguity the inquiry must look at all relevant facts and circumstances in the round.’
      • ‘However, the person's conduct must also be considered in context and in the round.’
      • ‘His worldly-wise, amused, delicately cynical narrators observe characters in the round, identifying qualities that edify but which are muddied by foibles, peccadilloes, and, once in a while, mortal sins.’
      • ‘The governments in the past have not had much of an appetite for dealing with things in the round.’
      • ‘When taken in the round, then, it is clear that the case for small farms is a strong one, and must be made loudly and persistently if the rural economy is to change for the better.’
      • ‘All the evidence should have been looked at in the round.’
      • ‘Taken in the round, this project has shown that sustainable farming really can work, even in the most hostile conditions.’
  • 2(of a theatrical performance) with the audience placed on at least three sides of the stage.

    • ‘Theatre, in the round, is not my favourite venue for an evening's entertainment but, after last night, I begin to realise how effective it can be when it is under control of a man who knows how to handle it to its maximum advantage’
    • ‘The director presented one of the few instances in my life where theatre in the round has succeeded.’
    • ‘The play was done in the company's Bingham Theatre, which is in the round, the hardest kind of space for a stage director to work in.’
    • ‘The opera will be performed in the round, in two acts with an hour-long interval to allow for picnics on the lawn or a stroll through the gardens of the Georgian mansion.’
    • ‘Like most plays, it loses by being presented in the round.’
    • ‘Played in the round and without an interval, it is harrowing but it is also a totally engrossing piece of theatre.’
    • ‘This show would be fun when seated in the round, in a smaller space, with a drink in hand.’
    • ‘Theatre in the round, opera in the park and lunchtime concerts in the workplace are all examples of venues that can transform and regenerate the whole experience of performance.’
    • ‘Because of the vagaries of Irish weather the opera is performed in a five hundred-seater marquee with a central stage, making it opera in the round.’
    • ‘Some of the ballets were designed to be danced in the round, and that is incredible training for a dancer.’