Definition of roller coaster
1 : an elevated railway (as in an amusement park) constructed with sharp curves and steep inclines on which cars roll
2 : something resembling a roller coaster; especially : behavior, events, or experiences characterized by sudden and extreme changes an emotional roller coaster
Examples of roller coaster in a sentence
We went for a ride on the roller coaster.
The divorce was an emotional roller coaster for both of them.
First Known Use of roller coaster
ROLLER COASTER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of roller coaster for English Language Learners
: a ride at an amusement park which is like a small, open train with tracks that are high off the ground and that have sharp curves and steep hills
: a situation or experience that involves sudden and extreme changes
ROLLER COASTER Defined for Kids
Definition of roller coaster for Students
: an amusement park ride that is an elevated railway with sharp curves and steep slopes over which cars travel
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