- The definition of a roll is something that's been coiled or twisted into a cylinder.
An example of a roll is duct tape.
- Roll means a small piece of bread.
An example of roll is an individual serving of bread eaten warm with butter.
- Roll is defined as to move by turning over and over or to move forward on wheels.
- An example of to roll is throwing a pair of dice.
- An example of to roll is doing a somersault.
- to move by turning on an axis or over and over
- to rotate about its axis lengthwise, as a spacecraft in flight
- to move or be moved on wheels
- to travel in a wheeled vehicle
- to travel about; wander
- to pass; elapse: the years rolled by
- to flow, as water, in a full swelling or sweeping motion: the waves rolling against the boat
- to be carried in a flow
- to extend in gentle swells or undulations
- to make a loud, continuous rising and falling sound: thunder rolls
- to rise and fall in a full, mellow cadence: said of sound, speech, etc.
- to trill or warble
- to form a ball or cylinder when turned over and over on itself: said as of cloth or yarn
- to turn in a circular motion or move back and forth: with eyes rolling
- to rock from side to side: the ship pitched and rolled
- to walk by swaying
- to become flattened or spread under a roller
- to make progress; advance: start rolling
- to start operating: the presses rolled
- to take part in a bowling game
- Informal to have plenty; abound (in): rolling in wealth
- ☆ Football to move laterally: said of the passerin full roll out
Origin: Middle English rollen from Old French roller from Vulgar Latin an unverified form rotulare from Classical Latin rotula: see rollthe
- to move by turning on an axis or over and over: to roll a hoop
- to move or send on wheels or rollers
- to cause to start operating
- to move or send in a full, sweeping motion
- to beat (a drum) with blows in rapid, light succession
- to utter with full, flowing sound: to roll one's words
- to pronounce or say with a trill: to roll one's r's
- to give a swaying motion to: waves rolling the ship along
- to move gently around and around or from side to side: to roll one's eyes
- to make into a ball or cylinder by winding over and over itself or something else: to roll a cigarette
- to wrap or enfold, as in a covering: to roll a child in a blanket
- to make flat, smooth, or spread out by using a roller, rolling pin, etc.
- to throw (the dice) as in the game of craps
- to make (a specified cast) with dice: she rolled a four
- ☆ Slang to rob (a drunken or sleeping person)
- to throw (a ball)
- to make (a certain play or score): to roll a strike
- to take part in (a game or games): to roll three games
- Printing to spread ink on (type, a form, etc.) with a roller
- the act or an instance of rolling
- a paper, parchment, etc. that is rolled up; scroll
- something that is, or looks as if, rolled up
- a register; catalog
- a list of names for checking attendance; muster roll
- a measure of something rolled into a cylinder: a roll of wallpaper
- a cylindrical mass of something: a sausage roll
- any of various foods that are rolled during preparation, as
- any small portion of bread, variously shaped
- thin cake covered with fruit, nuts, etc. and rolled: a jelly roll
- beef, veal, etc. rolled and cooked
- a roller (in various senses)
- a swaying or rolling motion
- a rapid succession of light blows on a drum
- a loud, reverberating sound; peal, as of thunder
- a full, cadenced flow of words
- a trill or warble
- a slight swell or rise on the surface of something, as land
- ☆ Slang money; esp., a wad of paper money
- Aeron. a maneuver in which an airplane in flight performs one complete rotation around its longitudinal axis
- Bookbinding a revolving tool used in making an impression or pattern
Origin: ME rolle < OFr < L rotula, rotulus, dim. of rota, wheel < IE *roto-, var. of base *ret(h)-, to run, roll > OIr rethim, (I) run, OHG rad, wheel
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verb rolled, roll·ing, rolls verb, intransitive
- To move forward along a surface by revolving on an axis or by repeatedly turning over.
- To travel or be moved on wheels or rollers: rolled down the sidewalk on their scooters.
- To travel around; wander: roll from town to town.
- a. To travel or be carried in a vehicle.b. To be carried on a stream: The logs rolled down the cascading river.
- a. To start to move or operate: The press wouldn't roll.b. To work or succeed in a sustained way; gain momentum: The political campaign finally began to roll.
- To go by; elapse: The days rolled along.
- To recur. Often used with around: Summer has rolled around again.
- To move in a periodic revolution, as a planet in its orbit.
- To turn over and over: The puppy rolled in the mud.
- To shift the gaze usually quickly and continually: The child's eyes rolled with fright.
- To turn around or revolve on or as if on an axis.
- To move or advance with a rising and falling motion; undulate: The waves rolled toward shore.
- To extend or appear to extend in gentle rises and falls: The dunes roll to the sea.
- To move or rock from side to side: The ship pitched and rolled in heavy seas.
- To walk with a swaying, unsteady motion.
- To take the shape of a ball or cylinder: Yarn rolls easily.
- To become flattened by or as if by pressure applied by a roller.
- To make a deep, prolonged, surging sound: Thunder rolled in the distance.
- To make a sustained trilling sound, as certain birds do.
- To beat a drum in a continuous series of short blows.
- 21. To pour or flow in or as if in a continual stream: tourists rolling into the city.
- 22. To enjoy ample amounts: rolled in the money.
- To cause to move forward along a surface by revolving on an axis or by repeatedly turning over.
- To move or push along on wheels or rollers: rolled the plane out of the hangar.
- To impel or send onward in a steady, swelling motion: The sea rolls its waves onto the sand.
- To impart a swaying, rocking motion to: Heavy seas rolled the ship.
- To turn around or partly turn around; rotate: rolled his head toward the door.
- To cause to begin moving or operating: roll the cameras; roll the presses.
- To extend or lay out: rolled out a long rope.
- To pronounce or utter with a trill: You must roll your r's in Spanish.
- To utter or emit in full, swelling tones.
- To beat (a drum) with a continuous series of short blows.
- To wrap (something) round and round upon itself or around something else: roll up a poster.
- a. To envelop or enfold in a covering: roll dirty laundry in a sheet.b. To make by shaping into a ball or cylinder: roll a cigarette.
- To spread, compress, or flatten by applying pressure with a roller: roll pastry dough.
- Printing To apply ink to (type) with a roller or rollers.
- Games To throw (dice), as in craps.
- Slang To rob (a drunken, sleeping, or otherwise helpless person).
- The act or an instance of rolling.
- Something rolled up: a roll of tape.
- A quantity, as of cloth or wallpaper, rolled into a cylinder and often considered as a unit of measure.
- A piece of parchment or paper that may be or is rolled up; a scroll.
- A register or a catalogue.
- A list of names of persons belonging to a group.
- A mass in cylindrical or rounded form: a roll of tobacco.
- a. A small rounded portion of bread.b. A portion of food shaped like a tube with a filling.
- A rolling, swaying, or rocking motion.
- A gentle swell or undulation of a surface: the roll of the plains.
- A deep reverberation or rumble: the roll of thunder.
- A rapid succession of short sounds: the roll of a drum.
- A trill: the roll of his r's.
- A resonant, rhythmical flow of words.
- A roller, especially a cylinder on which to roll something up or with which to flatten something.
- A maneuver in which an airplane makes a single complete rotation about its longitudinal axis without changing direction or losing altitude.
- Slang Money, especially a wad of paper money.
Origin: Middle English rollen, from Old French roler, from Vulgar Latin *rotulāre, from Latin rotula, diminutive of rota, wheel; see ret- in Indo-European roots.
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roll - Phrases/Idioms
a roll in the hay
be on a roll
- to move back
- â to reduce (prices) to a previous or standard level by government action and control
- to flatten into a sheet by rolling
- to spread out by unrolling
- Slang to get out of bed
- Business to introduce (a new product)
- â to refinance (a maturing note, etc.)
- â to reinvest (funds) so as to defer the payment of taxes
- to make or put into the form of a roll
- to wrap up by turning over and over
- to acquire or increase by accumulation
- Informal to arrive in a vehicle
roll with a punchor roll with the punchInformal
- to move in the same direction as a punch thrown at one so as to lessen its force
- to lessen the impact of a misfortune by not resisting too violently
strike off the rollsor strike from the rolls
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on a roll
roll in the hay
roll the bones
roll with the punches