Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words
"round about, or all round" (from kuklos, "a circle, cycle"), is found in the Apocalypse only, 4:3,4,8.
an indefinite particle, signifying "somewhere, somewhere about, nearly," has a limiting force, with numerals, e.g., Romans 4:19 . In referring to a passage in the OT, it is translated "somewhere," in the RV of Hebrews 2:6; 4:4 (AV, "in a certain place"); by not mentioning the actual passage referred to, the writer acknowledged the familiar acquaintance of his readers with the OT. See PLACE.
"as if," before numerals, denotes "about, nearly, something like," with perhaps an indication of greater indefiniteness than No. 4, e.g., Matthew 14:21; Luke 3:23; 9:14,28; Acts 2:41; with a measure of space, Luke 22:41 , "about a stone's cast." See LIKE.
signifies (a) "of intention, to be about to do something," e.g., Acts 3:3; 18:14; 20:3; Hebrews 8:5; (b) "of certainty, compulsion or necessity, to be certain to act," e.g., John 6:71 . See ALMOST , BEGIN , COME , INTEND , MEAN , MIND , POINT OF (at), READY , SHALL , SHOULD , TARRY.Note: Zeteo, "to seek," is translated "were about" in the AV of Acts 27:30; RV, correctly, "were seeking to."
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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'About'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ved/a/about.html. 1940.