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Definitions of roll

  1. rotary motion of an object around its own axis; " wheels in axial rotation"
  2. 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"
  3. small rounded bread either plain or sweet
  4. the act of throwing dice
  5. a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles
  6. the sound of a drum ( especially a snare drum) beaten rapidly and continuously
  7. occur in soft rounded shapes; " The hills rolled past"
  8. the act of rolling something ( as the ball in bowling)
  9. a flight maneuver; aircraft rotates about its longitudinal axis without changing direction or losing altitude
  10. walking with a rolling gait
  11. anything rolled up in cylindrical form
  12. a document that can be rolled up ( as for storage)
  13. a long heavy sea wave as it advances towards the shore
  14. flatten or spread with a roller; " roll out the paper"
  15. wrap or coil around; " roll your hair around your finger"; " Twine the thread around the spool"
  16. execute a roll, in tumbling; " The gymnasts rolled and jumped"
  17. show certain properties when being rolled; " The carpet rolls unevenly"; " dried- out tobacco rolls badly"
  18. take the shape of a roll or cylinder; " the carpet rolled out"; " Yarn rolls well"
  19. shape by rolling; " roll a cigarette"
  20. boil vigorously; " The liquid was seething"; " The water rolled"
  21. pronounce with a roll, of the phoneme / r/; " She rolls her r's"
  22. begin operating or running; " The cameras were rolling"; " The presses are already rolling"
  23. move by turning over or rotating; " The child rolled down the hill"; " turn over on your left side"
  24. 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"
  25. move, rock, or sway from side to side; " The ship rolled on the heavy seas"
  26. 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".
  27. move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion; " The curtains undulated"; " the waves rolled towards the beach"
  28. emit, produce, or utter with a deep prolonged reverberating sound; " The thunder rolled"; " rolling drums"
  29. sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. To drive or impel forward with an easy motion, as of rolling; as, a river rolls its waters to the ocean.
  33. 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.
  34. To move, or cause to be moved, upon, or by means of, rollers or small wheels.
  35. To beat with rapid, continuous strokes, as a drum; to sound a roll upon.
  36. 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.
  37. To turn over in one's mind; to revolve.
  38. 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.
  39. To move on wheels; as, the carriage rolls along the street.
  40. To be wound or formed into a cylinder or ball; as, the cloth rolls unevenly; the snow rolls well.
  41. To perform a periodical revolution; to move onward as with a revolution; as, the rolling year; ages roll away.
  42. To turn; to move circularly.
  43. To move, as waves or billows, with alternate swell and depression.
  44. 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.
  45. To turn over, or from side to side, while lying down; to wallow; as, a horse rolls.
  46. To spread under a roller or rolling- pin; as, the paste rolls well.
  47. To beat a drum with strokes so rapid that they can scarcely be distinguished by the ear.
  48. To make a loud or heavy rumbling noise; as, the thunder rolls.
  49. The act of rolling, or state of being rolled; as, the roll of a ball; the roll of waves.
  50. That which rolls; a roller.
  51. A heavy cylinder used to break clods.
  52. 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.
  53. That which is rolled up; as, a roll of fat, of wool, paper, cloth, etc.
  54. A document written on a piece of parchment, paper, or other materials which may be rolled up; a scroll.
  55. Hence, an official or public document; a register; a record; also, a catalogue; a list.
  56. A quantity of cloth wound into a cylindrical form; as, a roll of carpeting; a roll of ribbon.
  57. A cylindrical twist of tobacco.
  58. A kind of shortened raised biscuit or bread, often rolled or doubled upon itself.
  59. 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.
  60. A heavy, reverberatory sound; as, the roll of cannon, or of thunder.
  61. The uniform beating of a drum with strokes so rapid as scarcely to be distinguished by the ear.
  62. Part; office; duty; role.
  63. To bind or involve by winding, as in a bandage; to inwrap; - often with up; as, to roll up a parcel.
  64. 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.
  65. To fall or tumble; - with over; as, a stream rolls over a precipice.
  66. 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.
  67. 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.
  68. 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.
  69. 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.
  70. 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.
  71. 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.
  72. Anything rolled up; register; small loaf of bread; continued sound of a drum, thunder, & c.
  73. To cause to roll; wrap round itself; inwrap; press with a roller; beat rapidly, as a drum.
  74. To turn like a wheel; move, as waves; wallow; rock; spread under a roller; sound, as a drum beaten rapidly.
  75. To move on ward while rotating; turn about continually; move on rollers.
  76. To wrap round and round upon itself; make into a roll.
  77. To smooth out with a roller.
  78. To move onward, like a wheel or as on wheels.
  79. To undulate, fluctuate, or sway, as waves.
  80. To reverberate.
  81. A list or register.
  82. Any article of food, as bread, rolled or doubled together in making.
  83. A roller.
  84. A rolling movement or sound.
  85. A trill.
  86. 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.
  87. 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.
  88. 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.
  89. 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.
  90. 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.
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Usage examples for roll

  1. He hated to confess a mistake in business judgment, and he frankly confessed he " hated to see good money roll past him." – The Major by Ralph Connor
  2. Maybe he actually thought we would just roll over and give up. – The Samurai Strategy by Thomas Hoover
  3. How long have you been on the Blue Lake pay- roll? – Judith of Blue Lake Ranch by Jackson Gregory
  4. Sorrow and sun for everyone As the years roll on. – Georgina of the Rainbows by Annie Fellows Johnston
  5. They roll far away both before and behind. – Bunyan Characters First Series by Alexander Whyte
  6. And first, they call the roll in a low voice: all are there. – Ramuntcho by Pierre Loti
  7. I like to see things roll." – The Planet Strappers by Raymond Zinke Gallun
  8. Katuti took the roll from his hand, read it through, and then returned it. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  9. Then they saw through an opening in the trees the cars roll along the mountain side. – Carmen's Messenger by Harold Bindloss
  10. Her voice seemed to roll back time. – The Spinners by Eden Phillpotts
  11. But he never succeeded, the round fruit would roll and slip away every time. – Locusts and Wild Honey by John Burroughs
  12. Suppose I told him the truth- that you are mine, not his: mine by the love that alone makes marriage holy; his for his title and his rent- roll- bought and sold. – A Terrible Secret by May Agnes Fleming
  13. Oh, I'll roll up somewhere. – Neighbours by Robert Stead
  14. I knew the moon was full, and that when she rose the fog would roll away from the land, as it does sometimes. – Man Overboard! by F(rancis) Marion Crawford
  15. The roll was called over, and every man answered to his name except Cornelys Jensen. – Marjorie by Justin Huntly McCarthy
  16. So out came the money again, but this time it took all there was in the roll. – Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi by George H. Devol
  17. Why, look'ye, when I've seen so many pretty fellows knocked off the ship's roll altogether, don't you think I ought to be thankful if I can answer the bo'swain's call anyhow? – Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands by Mary Seacole Commentator: W. H. Russell
  18. But the roll was not perfect. – Dorothy at Oak Knowe by Evelyn Raymond
  19. He had gone through the cloud and when he turned his head he saw dark forest roll up from the valley in front. – Northwest! by Harold Bindloss
  20. In the meantime- he handed her a roll of notes- get everything you want and pay for it. – Here and Hereafter by Barry Pain
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