Definition of in the round in English:

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in the round

1(Of sculpture) standing free with all sides shown, rather than carved in relief against a ground.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1Fully and thoroughly; with all aspects shown: to understand social phenomena one must see them in the round
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  • 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.
2(Of a theatrical performance) with the audience placed on at least three sides of the stage.
Example sentences
  • 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.
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