roller

noun (1)
roll·​er | \ ˈrō-lər How to pronounce roller (audio) \

Definition of roller

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a revolving cylinder over or on which something is moved or which is used to press, shape, spread, or smooth something
b : a cylinder or rod on which something (such as a shade) is rolled up
2a : a long heavy ocean wave
3 : one that rolls or performs a rolling operation
4 : a slowly rolling ground ball

roller

noun (2)
rol·​ler | \ ˈrō-lər How to pronounce roller (audio) \

Definition of roller (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : any of various mostly brightly colored nonpasserine Old World birds (family Coraciidae) that perform rolling aerial dives during courtship displays
2 : a canary having a song in which the notes are soft and run together

First Known Use of roller

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for roller

Noun (2)

German, from rollen to roll, reverberate, from Middle French roller — more at roll

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“Roller.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roller. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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roller

noun
roll·​er | \ ˈrō-lər How to pronounce roller (audio) \

Kids Definition of roller

1 : a turning cylinder over or on which something is moved or which is used to press, shape, or smooth something
2 : a rod on which something (as a map or hair) is rolled up
3 : a small wheel
4 : a long heavy wave on the sea

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Medical Definition of roller

— see tongue roller

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