roll

noun (1)
\ˈrōl \

Definition of roll 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a(1) : a written document that may be rolled up : scroll specifically : a document containing an official or formal record the rolls of parliament

(2) : a manuscript book

b : a list of names or related items : catalog

c : an official list the voter rolls : such as

(1) : muster roll

(2) : a list of members of a school or class or of members of a legislative body

2 : something that is rolled up into a cylinder or ball or rounded as if rolled rolls of fat : such as

a : a quantity (as of fabric or paper) rolled up to form a single package

b : a hairdo in which some or all of the hair is rolled or curled up or under

c : any of various food preparations rolled up for cooking or serving cabbage rolls a sushi roll especially : a small piece of baked yeast dough

d : a cylindrical twist of tobacco

e : a roll of paper on which music for a player piano is recorded in perforations which actuate the keys

f : a flexible case (as of leather) in which articles may be rolled and fastened by straps or clasps jewelry roll

g(1) : paper money folded or rolled into a wad

(2) slang : bankroll

3 : something that performs a rolling action or movement : roller

4 : a wheel for making decorative lines on book covers also : a design impressed by such a tool

roll

verb
rolled; rolling; rolls

Definition of roll (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to impel forward by causing to turn over and over on a surface

b : to cause to revolve by turning over and over on or as if on an axis

c : to cause to move in a circular manner they rolled their eyes at the absurdity

d : to form into a mass by turning over and over

e : to impel forward with an easy continuous motion

f : to cause to move in a given direction by or as if by turning a crank rolled down the window

2a : to put a wrapping around : enfold, envelop

b : to wrap round on itself : shape into a ball or roll rolled up the newspaper also : to produce by such shaping rolled his own cigarettes

3 : to press, spread, or level with a roller : make smooth, even, or compact hulled and rolled oats roll paint often used with out rolled out the dough

4a : to move on rollers or wheels rolled the patient into the operating room

b : to cause to begin operating or moving roll the cameras

5a : to sound with a full reverberating tone rolled out the words

b : to make a continuous beating sound upon : sound a roll upon rolled their drums

c : to utter with a trill rolled his r's

d : to play (a chord) in arpeggio style

6 : to combine so as to comprise one entity usually used in the phrase rolled into one a shopping center, amusement park, and nightclub all rolled into one

7 : to rob (a drunk, sleeping, or unconscious person) usually by going through the pockets broadly : rob

intransitive verb

1a : to move along a surface by rotation without sliding

b(1) : to turn over and over the children rolled in the grass

(2) : to luxuriate in an abundant supply : wallow fairly rolling in money

2a : to move onward or around as if by completing a revolution : elapse, pass the months roll on

b : to shift the gaze continually eyes rolling in terror

c : to revolve on an axis

3 : to move about : roam, wander

4a : to go forward in an easy, gentle, or undulating manner the waves rolled in

b : to flow in a continuous stream : pour money was rolling in

c : to flow as part of a stream of words or sounds the names roll off your tongue

d : to have an undulating contour rolling prairie

e : to lie extended : stretch

5a : to travel in a vehicle rolling north on the highway

b : to become carried on a stream

c : to move on wheels

6a : to make a deep reverberating sound the thunder rolls

b : trill

7a : to swing from side to side the ship heaved and rolled

b : to walk with a swinging gait : sway

8a : to take the form of a cylinder or ball

b : to respond to rolling in a specified way

9a : to get underway : begin to move or operate

b : to move forward : develop and maintain impetus the project finally got rolling especially : to proceed or progress with notable ease or success the team was rolling

10 : to execute a somersault

11 of a football quarterback : to run toward one flank usually parallel to the line of scrimmage especially before throwing a pass often used with out

roll the bones

: to shoot craps

roll the dice

: to assume a risk by taking action rolled the dice when they bought those stocks

roll with the punches

1 : to move so as to lessen the impact of blows

2 : to adjust to things as they happen

roll

noun (2)

Definition of roll (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : a sound produced by rapid strokes on a drum

b : a sonorous and often rhythmical flow of speech

c : a heavy reverberatory sound the roll of cannon

2 : a rolling movement or an action or process involving such movement a roll of the dice an airplane's takeoff roll : such as

a : a swaying movement of the body

b : a side-to-side movement (as of a ship or train)

c(1) : a flight maneuver in which a complete revolution about the longitudinal axis of an airplane is made with the horizontal direction of flight being approximately maintained

(2) : the motion of an aircraft or spacecraft about its longitudinal axis

d : a somersault executed in contact with the ground

on a roll

: in the midst of a series of successes : on a hot streak sometimes used with a modifier has been on a brilliant roll

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Synonyms & Antonyms for roll

Synonyms: Verb

flow, pour, run, stream

Antonyms: Verb

back up

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Examples of roll in a Sentence

Verb

The children rolled down the hill. The ball rolled slowly to a stop. Roll the chicken wings in the batter. The paramedics rolled him onto the gurney. The car rolled slowly to a stop. A police car rolled up next to us. The children rolled the toy car to each other. The patient was rolled into the emergency room. The fog soon rolled away.
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First Known Use of roll

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Noun (2)

1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1c

History and Etymology for roll

Noun (1)

Middle English rolle, from Anglo-French roule, rolle, from Medieval Latin rolla, alteration of rotula, from Latin, diminutive of rota wheel; akin to Old High German rad wheel, Welsh rhod, Sanskrit ratha wagon

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French rouler, roller, from roele wheel, rowel & roule roll

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roll

verb

English Language Learners Definition of roll

: to move across the ground or another surface by turning over and over

: to turn over one or more times

: to move smoothly on wheels

roll

verb
\ˈrōl \
rolled; rolling

Kids Definition of roll

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to move or cause to move by turning over and over on a surface The ball rolled away.

2 : to shape or become shaped in rounded form She rolls the dough to make cookies.

3 : to sound with a full echoing tone or with a continuous beating sound rolling thunder

4 : to flow in or as if in a continuous stream Tears came rolling. The day I had waited for so long had turned … ugly.— Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows

5 : to move or cause to move in a circular manner She rolled her eyes. He rolled over on his back.

6 : to go by : pass Time rolled by.

7 : to move with a side-to-side sway The ship rolled.

8 : to make smooth, even, or firm with a roller He rolls out the dough.

9 : to move on rollers or wheels

roll around

: to happen again We'll go when Friday rolls around.

roll

noun

Kids Definition of roll (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : something or a quantity of something that is rolled up or rounded as if rolled a roll of tape

2 : a small piece of baked bread dough

3 : a writing that may be rolled up : scroll

4 : an official list of names

roll

noun

Kids Definition of roll (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a sound produced by rapid strokes on a drum

2 : a heavy echoing sound the roll of thunder

3 : a movement or action that involves turning over and over or circling around

roll

noun

Legal Definition of roll 

1 : a document containing an official record

2 : an official list the public relief rolls : as

a : a list of members of a legislative body the clerk called the roll and recorded the votes

b : a list of practitioners in a court or the courts of a state usually used in pl.

c : a record kept by an authorized official of persons or property or both that are subject to taxation

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