a) Not round.

a round number (e.g., 100) was paired with a nonround number (e.g., 103).

b) Having qualities the opposite of a round vowel.

The researchers hypothesize that everyday experience teaches us that round (imprecise) numbers are usually larger than nonround (sharp) numbers.

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