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 for round-robin
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  round robin \round" rob"in\, round-robin \round"-rob"in\(round"
     r[o^]b"[i^]n), n.
     1. Any series or sequence of actions.
        [PJC]
  
     2. A document circulated from one person to another in a
        group, often with comments added by each recipient.
        [PJC]
  
     3. A petition or similar document, in which the signatures
        are arranged in circular form in order to conceal the
        order of signing.
        [PJC]
  
     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
        [PJC]

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  round-robin
  
      A scheduling algorithm 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
     activated.
  
     Compare priority scheduling.
  
     (1996-02-10)
  

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