The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
round robin \round" rob"in\, round-robin \round"-rob"in\(round"
1. Any series or sequence of actions.
2. A document circulated from one person to another in a
group, often with comments added by each recipient.
3. A petition or similar document, in which the signatures
are arranged in circular form in order to conceal the
order of signing.
4. (Sports) A tournament in which each contestant plays
against every other contestant at least once; a failure to
win any contest does not result in elimination from the
tournament. Contrasted with elimination tournament
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
A schedulingalgorithm in which processes are
activated in a fixed cyclic order. Those which cannot proceed
because they are waiting for some event (e.g. termination of a
child process or an input/output operation) simply return
control to the scheduler. The virtue of round-robin
scheduling is its simplicity - only the processes themselves
need to know what they are waiting for or how to tell if it
has happened. However, if a process goes back to sleep just
before the event for which it is waiting occurs then the event
will not get handled until all the other processes have been
Compare priority scheduling.