• WordNet 3.6
    • n roster a list of names "his name was struck off the rolls"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Roster (Mil) A register or roll showing the order in which officers, enlisted men, companies, or regiments are called on to serve.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n roster An obsolete form of roaster.
    • n roster In the British and the United States regular armies, a list showing the turn or rotation of service or duty of those who relieve or succeed each other; specifically, a military list or register showing or fixing the rotation in which individuals, companies, or regiments are called into service.
    • n roster In Massachusetts and Connecticut, a list of the officers of a division, brigade, regiment, etc., containing, under several heads, their names, rank, corps, place of abode, etc. These are called division rosters, brigade rosters, regimental or battalion rosters. Bartlett.
    • n roster Hence, any roll, list, or register of names.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Roster ros′tėr the list of individuals, or corps, kept by the various staff officers of the army to ensure the allotment of duties in proper rotation:
    • n Roster ros′tėr (coll.) any roll of names.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perhaps a corruption of register,; or cf. roll,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dut. rooster—L. register, a list.


In literature:

The news might swell the roster to disconcerting proportions.
"Tutors' Lane" by Wilmarth Lewis
Just a second; I'll check the roster.
"The Penal Cluster" by Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
So I went down about three or four regimental rosters, and finally I found the guy.
"The Stars & Stripes, Vol 1, No 1, February 8, 1918" by American Expeditionary Forces
We'll have to put him back on the roster.
"Starman's Quest" by Robert Silverberg
Equerries took turns riding with the banner according to a roster Simon himself had written.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
There'd have been two names less on the roster if we'd been caught down here.
"Blake's Burden" by Harold Bindloss
The battle roster of the English navy had borne many of her name.
"Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
The rosters of many ships, indeed, bore no particular relationship to the men actually on board.
"Pariah Planet" by Murray Leinster
Your name will be entered upon our roster as a patron of the organization.
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
A similar roster could be given in other States.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V"

In news:

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. Raymond Radway was perhaps three seconds away from making the Cowboys' 53-man roster.
Fitter , better-prepared Dixon ready to fight for roster spot.
Fitter faster, more consistent, tougher, more shutouts wanted, roster will change.
DEKALB—Kaneland's wrestling roster made its usual stop in a first-time locale as 2011 drew to a close.
Checking out the rosters, I see so many teams gaining players back after they missed significant time last season.
Folio 's roster of novelists is impressive, and this year we are looking to add to it.
In addition to its usual roster of four solo theatrical events, there will be three solo theater pieces and four musical performances, one of which features a three-person ensemble.
On Sept 12, the Thunder signed shooting guard Andy Rautins to its training camp roster.
The Astros fortified their bullpen with the roster spot opened by the optioning of righthander Jordan Lyles to Class AAA Oklahoma City.
The Astros whittled down their roster to a season-opening 25 on Wednesday with a series of moves that included placing righthanded pitcher Henry Sosa on waivers.
A roster fraught with hard realities.
In the late 1980s, KCSB's staff roster included a certain Sean Hannity, widely known today as the host of national radio's The Sean Hannity Show.
BEMIDJI – Nearly half the players on the Bemidji State University soccer roster this season are freshmen – 12, to be exact.
Nothing breeds anxiety on a football team as much as the day of the final cut to the 47-player roster limit.
Veteran forward Trey Gilder is expected to compete for a roster spot during the Jazz's upcoming training camp, The Salt Lake Tribune learned on Wednesday.

In science:

The roster of standard matrix decompositions includes the pivoted QR factorization, the eigenvalue decomposition, and the singular value decomposition (SVD), all of which expose the (numerical) range of a matrix.
Finding structure with randomness: Probabilistic algorithms for constructing approximate matrix decompositions
For the friendship networks data, Add Health staff constructed a roster of all students in the school from school administrators.
Exponential-family Random Network Models
Students were then provided with the roster and asked to select up to five close male friends and five close female friends.
Exponential-family Random Network Models
Example usage: robust solution that must be a single solution and not a set of solutions, e.g. schedule for a staff roster [Manandhar et al. 2003]. —Covering set. A set of solutions that together cover all realisations. A covering set closure is minimal if the cardinality of this set is minimal among all such sets.
Certainty Closure: Reliable Constraint Reasoning with Incomplete or Erroneous Data
Thus, roster information was obtained from open sources publicly available online: university and department webpages, online bulletins and library catalogs, the Mathematics Genealogy Project∗ , and Google searches.
A view of mathematics research productivity at U.S. regional public universities