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roll·​ing ˈrō-liŋ How to pronounce rolling (audio)

present participle of roll


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: not having or set to a fixed date or deadline : continually adjustable through a period of time to provide flexibility for individual circumstances
De Blasio's spokesman Wiley Norvell said the city is encouraging families to sign up their kids by June 26, although there is a rolling deadline until Oct. 1. The sooner families apply, he said, the better chance they'll secure the seat they want.Matthew Chayes
Many law school use a rolling admissions process, meaning they evaluate applications as they come in and release admissions decisions, one by one.Ilana Kowarski
The Delaware Aglands Foundation Board announced it will institute a rolling application process for its Young Farmer Loan Program to offer young farmers more flexibility in acquiring a farm.The Dover Post

Examples of rolling in a Sentence

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The land of tartan and tweed, Scotland’s rolling green hills dotted with medieval castles and historic manor homes have long attracted a loyal coterie of Caledonian connoisseurs. Michelle Gross, Robb Report, 7 Dec. 2023 Try an online class: Check YouTube or workout apps for foam rolling routines that target specific body parts. Health Editorial Team, Health, 4 Dec. 2023 Workers and unions Thousands of Cal State faculty are expected to walk out in rolling strike starting today, demanding higher pay. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 2023 The slow rolling waves at Ka‘anapali Beach mean days spent splashing, floating, and swimming. Lū‘aus, rooftop stargazing, and golf also rank among the highlights. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 2 Dec. 2023 Newsom — perhaps thinking of how rolling blackouts and California’s energy crisis of 2000 and 2001 led to the recall of then-Gov. Gray Davis — changed his tune about Diablo Canyon. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Nov. 2023 Bric's Select luggage from Bric's is up to 40 percent off, including expandable spinners and rolling duffels. Meaghan Kenny, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Nov. 2023 The rolling suitcase sits at 20 inches and is the perfect size to slide into the overhead compartment on most commercial airlines, and the duffel has a special compartment at the base of the bag for shoes and dirty laundry. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 25 Nov. 2023 This pick can accommodate artificial Christmas trees up to 9 feet tall and the system includes a rolling base and a storage bag that allows for upright storage. Casey Clark, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rolling was in 1959

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“Rolling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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