Definitions of roll

  1. To move on by turning; to revolve; to move circularly; to move as waves; to form into a ball; to spread under a roller; to rock or move from side to side; to beat a drum with rapid strokes.
  2. To cause to move onward by turning over and over; as to roll a ball; to move or push along on wheels; as, to roll a table across the room; to wrap round on itself or upon something else; as, to roll a rug; wrap up; as, to roll oneself in a blanket; to drive or sweep along; as, the waves roll the ship onward; to utter with a deep sound; as, the organ rolls forth majestic sounds; spread flat under a roller; as, to roll a road; to pronounce with a prolonged trilling sound.
  3. To cause to roll: to turn on an axis: to wrap round on itself: to in wrap: to drive forward: to move upon wheels: to press with a roller: to beat rapidly, as a drum.
  4. To cause to roll; wrap round itself; inwrap; press with a roller; beat rapidly, as a drum.
  5. To move on ward while rotating; turn about continually; move on rollers.
  6. To wrap round and round upon itself; make into a roll.
  7. To smooth out with a roller.
  8. To move, as a curved object may, along a surface by rotation without sliding; to revolve upon an axis; to turn over and over; as, a ball or wheel rolls on the earth; a body rolls on an inclined plane.
  9. To move on wheels; as, the carriage rolls along the street.
  10. To be wound or formed into a cylinder or ball; as, the cloth rolls unevenly; the snow rolls well.
  11. To perform a periodical revolution; to move onward as with a revolution; as, the rolling year; ages roll away.
  12. To turn; to move circularly.
  13. To move, as waves or billows, with alternate swell and depression.
  14. To incline first to one side, then to the other; to rock; as, there is a great difference in ships about rolling; in a general semse, to be tossed about.
  15. To turn over, or from side to side, while lying down; to wallow; as, a horse rolls.
  16. To spread under a roller or rolling- pin; as, the paste rolls well.
  17. To beat a drum with strokes so rapid that they can scarcely be distinguished by the ear.
  18. To make a loud or heavy rumbling noise; as, the thunder rolls.
  19. To fall or tumble; - with over; as, a stream rolls over a precipice.
  20. To move onward by turning over and over; as, a ball rolls; to run on wheels; as, the wagon rolls along; to toss from side to side; as, a ship rolls; to sweep along, as waves; give forth a long, deep sound; as, the thunder rolls; to take, through winding, the form of a cylinder; as, the cloth rolls easily.
  21. To turn like a wheel: to turn on an axis: to be formed into a roll or cylinder: to move, as waves: to be tossed about: to move tumultuously: to be hurled: to rock, or move from side to side: to wallow: to spread under a roller: to sound as a drum beaten rapidly.
  22. To turn like a wheel; move, as waves; wallow; rock; spread under a roller; sound, as a drum beaten rapidly.
  23. occur in soft rounded shapes; " The hills rolled past"
  24. flatten or spread with a roller; " roll out the paper"
  25. The act of rolling, or state of being rolled; as, the roll of a ball; the roll of waves.
  26. That which rolls; a roller.
  27. A heavy cylinder used to break clods.
  28. One of a set of revolving cylinders, or rollers, between which metal is pressed, formed, or smoothed, as in a rolling mill; as, to pass rails through the rolls.
  29. That which is rolled up; as, a roll of fat, of wool, paper, cloth, etc.
  30. A document written on a piece of parchment, paper, or other materials which may be rolled up; a scroll.
  31. Hence, an official or public document; a register; a record; also, a catalogue; a list.
  32. A quantity of cloth wound into a cylindrical form; as, a roll of carpeting; a roll of ribbon.
  33. A cylindrical twist of tobacco.
  34. A kind of shortened raised biscuit or bread, often rolled or doubled upon itself.
  35. The oscillating movement of a vessel from side to side, in sea way, as distinguished from the alternate rise and fall of bow and stern called pitching.
  36. A heavy, reverberatory sound; as, the roll of cannon, or of thunder.
  37. The uniform beating of a drum with strokes so rapid as scarcely to be distinguished by the ear.
  38. Part; office; duty; role.
  39. To move onward, like a wheel or as on wheels.
  40. To undulate, fluctuate, or sway, as waves.
  41. To reverberate.
  42. To move along by turning; to turn on its axis, or move in a circular direction; to wrap round on itself; to drive forward with a circular motion; to spread or level with a roller.
  43. To move by turning over and over; to move round, as a wheel; to revolve; to cause to revolve; to involve; to form or be formed into around mass; to wrap round upon itself; to sprad or flatten by means of a roller or cylinder; to drive with acircular motion, or forward, as in a stream; to perform a periodical revolution; to move, as waves; to sound as a drum, the strokes producing a continuation of sounds; to be tossed about, or to move from side to side, on rough water, as a sihp; to run on wheels; to move tumultuously.
  44. rotary motion of an object around its own axis; " wheels in axial rotation"
  45. a roll of currency notes ( often taken as the resources of a person or business etc.); " he shot his roll on a bob- tailed nag"
  46. a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles
  47. the sound of a drum ( especially a snare drum) beaten rapidly and continuously
  48. the act of rolling something ( as the ball in bowling)
  49. a flight maneuver; aircraft rotates about its longitudinal axis without changing direction or losing altitude
  50. walking with a rolling gait
  51. anything rolled up in cylindrical form
  52. a long heavy sea wave as it advances towards the shore
  53. execute a roll, in tumbling; " The gymnasts rolled and jumped"
  54. show certain properties when being rolled; " The carpet rolls unevenly"; " dried- out tobacco rolls badly"
  55. take the shape of a roll or cylinder; " the carpet rolled out"; " Yarn rolls well"
  56. shape by rolling; " roll a cigarette"
  57. boil vigorously; " The liquid was seething"; " The water rolled"
  58. pronounce with a roll, of the phoneme / r/; " She rolls her r's"
  59. begin operating or running; " The cameras were rolling"; " The presses are already rolling"
  60. move by turning over or rotating; " The child rolled down the hill"; " turn over on your left side"
  61. cause to move by turning over or in a circular manner of as if on an axis; " She rolled the ball"; " They rolled their eyes at his words"
  62. move, rock, or sway from side to side; " The ship rolled on the heavy seas"
  63. move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment; " The gypsies roamed the woods"; " roving vagabonds"; " the wandering Jew"; " The cattle roam across the prairie"; " the laborers drift from one town to the next".
  64. move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion; " The curtains undulated"; " the waves rolled towards the beach"
  65. emit, produce, or utter with a deep prolonged reverberating sound; " The thunder rolled"; " rolling drums"
  66. sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity
  67. To cause to revolve by turning over and over; to move by turning on an axis; to impel forward by causing to turn over and over on a supporting surface; as, to roll a wheel, a ball, or a barrel.
  68. To wrap round on itself; to form into a spherical or cylindrical body by causing to turn over and over; as, to roll a sheet of paper; to roll parchment; to roll clay or putty into a ball.
  69. To drive or impel forward with an easy motion, as of rolling; as, a river rolls its waters to the ocean.
  70. To press or level with a roller; to spread or form with a roll, roller, or rollers; as, to roll a field; to roll paste; to roll steel rails, etc.
  71. To move, or cause to be moved, upon, or by means of, rollers or small wheels.
  72. To beat with rapid, continuous strokes, as a drum; to sound a roll upon.
  73. To apply ( one line or surface) to another without slipping; to bring all the parts of ( one line or surface) into successive contact with another, in suck manner that at every instant the parts that have been in contact are equal.
  74. To turn over in one's mind; to revolve.
  75. To bind or involve by winding, as in a bandage; to inwrap; - often with up; as, to roll up a parcel.
  76. To utter copiously, esp. with sounding words; to utter with a deep sound; - often with forth, or out; as, to roll forth some one's praises; to roll out sentences.
  77. The act of rolling; state of being rolled; that which rolls; a roller; anything wrapped upon itself in the form of a cylinder; a list or register; a kind of biscuit or bread; a continued, deep sound, as of a drum beaten, thunder, etc.; a swell or unevenness on a surface.
  78. Act of rolling: that which rolls: a roller: that which is rolled up: hence parchment, paper, etc., wound into a circular form: a document: a register: a kind of fancy bread: the continued sound of a drum.
  79. Anything rolled up; register; small loaf of bread; continued sound of a drum, thunder, & c.
  80. A list or register.
  81. Any article of food, as bread, rolled or doubled together in making.
  82. A roller.
  83. A rolling movement or sound.
  84. A trill.
  85. The act of rolling, or state of being rolled; the thing rolling; a mass rolled; a roller; an official writing; a register; the beating of a drum with rapid strokes; a volume; a chronicle. Rolls of court, of parliament, or any other public body, the parchments on which are engrossed the acts and proceedings of the body.
  86. Act of rolling; the state of being rolled; the thing rolling; a mass made round; a writing or paper rolled rolled upon itself; a volume; a public writing; aregister or catalogue; anything wound into a cylindrical form; a twist of tobacco; a small piece of baked bread.