body roll


: the side-to-side leaning movement of a turning vehicle
Body roll occurs as a vehicle pitches from side to side in the manner of a yacht on a troubled sea. It can be unnerving. And if the swaying motion is violent enough, it can contribute to loss of vehicle control.Warren Brown

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Two days later, the group took to Dr. Martens stage, where their high-energy performance compelled attendees to mosh (yes, as in Warped Tour-style moshing) and body roll, all in one set. Gabrielle Nicole Pharms, Rolling Stone, 18 Mar. 2023 Quick steering response with excellent feedback combines with limited body roll and confident braking, even when managing the Folgore’s 5,000-pound curb weight under track conditions. Karl Brauer, Robb Report, 9 Mar. 2023 Less body roll, dive, and squat interfere with the sensations of rapid progress through the countryside. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, 3 Mar. 2023 Not one body roll! Maggie Fremont,, 14 Dec. 2022 Having the battery mounted low in the body helps tame body roll, while slightly tauter suspension and tighter steering—compared to the gas GV—masks that extra weight, delivering surprisingly agile and nimble handling. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 23 Mar. 2023 Cornering was solid, with very little body roll at normal speeds. Roberto Baldwin, The Verge, 20 Mar. 2023 Light efforts and air springs programmed to counteract body roll help reduce the apparent mass. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 18 Dec. 2022 And the active roll bars and Bilstein adaptive dampers rein-in body roll and keep things level. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'body roll.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of body roll was in 1923

Dictionary Entries Near body roll

Cite this Entry

“Body roll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!