roller

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noun (1)

roll·​er ˈrō-lər How to pronounce roller (audio)
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a
: 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
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: a long heavy ocean wave
3
: one that rolls or performs a rolling operation
4
: a slowly rolling ground ball

roller

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noun (2)

rol·​ler ˈrō-lər How to pronounce roller (audio)
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: any of various mostly brightly colored nonpasserine Old World birds (family Coraciidae) that perform rolling aerial dives during courtship displays
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: a canary having a song in which the notes are soft and run together

Examples of roller in a Sentence

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Exactly how to use velcro rollers Start with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner After towel drying, add a volumizing spray or mousse that gives texture to the hair. Alessandra Signorelli, Vogue, 17 July 2024 And keep scrolling for more recovery tools, including muscle rollers and neck massagers. Kayla Kitts, Peoplemag, 16 July 2024 In the early years of the tournament, ponies and horses were used to level the surface of the grass to a pristine standard by pulling a large roller, even wearing leather boots so as not to trample the freshly smooth surface or damage the grass. Jon Haworth, ABC News, 13 July 2024 Once you’re done with the paint roller, pour any leftover paint back into the can, carefully fold up the foil, and discard. Darcy Lenz, Southern Living, 13 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for roller 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (2)

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

First Known Use

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of roller was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Roller.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roller. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

roller

noun
roll·​er
ˈrō-lər
1
a
: a turning cylinder over or on which something is moved or which is used to press, shape, spread, or smooth something
b
: a rod on which something (as a map or a shade) is rolled up
c
: a small wheel (as of a roller skate)
2
: a long heavy wave on the sea
3
: one that rolls or rolls over

Medical Definition

roller

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