• WordNet 3.6
    • n role the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group "the function of a teacher","the government must do its part","play its role"
    • n role normal or customary activity of a person in a particular social setting "what is your role on the team?"
    • n role what something is used for "the function of an auger is to bore holes","ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
    • n role an actor's portrayal of someone in a play "she played the part of Desdemona"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Shirley Temple was considered to play the role of Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz."
    • n Rôle A part, or character, performed by an actor in a drama; hence, a part of function taken or assumed by any one; as, he has now taken the rôle of philanthropist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Actor Richard Gere was considered to play the role of John McClane in the movie Die Hard. Bruce Willis played the part instead
    • n Role rōl the part performed by an actor in a play: any important part played in public life.
    • n Role rōl an ancient unit of quantity, seventy-two sheets of parchment.
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  • Boy George
    Boy George
    “If you have to be in a soap opera try not to get the worst role.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
    “I've always though that people need to feel good about themselves and I see my role as offering support to them, to provide some light along the way.”
  • Sandra Day O'connor
    Sandra Day O'connor
    “The family unit plays a critical role in our society and in the training of the generation to come.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “There are few good women who do not tire of their role.”
  • Lenny Bruce
    “The role of a comedian is to make the audience laugh, at a minimum of once every fifteen seconds.”
  • Rita Mae Brown
    Rita Mae Brown
    “To love without role, without power plays, is revolution.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. See Roll


In literature:

For a time, as one satisfied, he resumed his duties in the old respectful role.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
She unsuspectingly insisted on following her role of preceptress and very earnest was she about it, too.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry
While he played his role of fox by day and smuggled by night, it was not without risk.
"Pocket Island" by Charles Clark Munn
Here we see an area in which the role of the family and the role of the school are complementary.
"Herein is Love" by Reuel L. Howe
It was his good fortune to stand to Mozart and Beethoven in the role of master.
"A Popular History of the Art of Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
He either enacted their roles or explained the part they were expected to perform.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
These tropisms play an important role in animal behaviour.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
Before we go further I must also impress on the student to grasp the fact that every line or sign on the hand plays a dual role.
"Palmistry for All" by Cheiro
He certainly appeared well in his present role before her.
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
Man has assumed the gentle, all-sympathetic role, and woman has become the energetic party, with the authority in her hands.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence

In poetry:

I'm sick of embarking in dories
Upon an emotional sea.
I'm wearied of playing Dolores
(A role never written for me).
"Pour Prendre Conge" by Dorothy Parker
That he, with such laborious skill,
Should change from role to role,
Should daily act so many a part
To get my little soul?
"The Robe Of Christ" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
"An actor man?" the lady said.
"What is your favourite role?"
"Hot, madam, and with butter spread,"
He answered from his soul.
"His Bread And His Art" by C J Dennis
Of all the Stones I ever met,
In calm repose upon the ground,
I really never found one yet
With a desire to roll around;
Theirs is a stationary role, --
(A joke,-- and feeble on the whole).
"A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss" by Harry Graham
While the cresset blazed,
Her I regarded. "Daughter, whither bent,
And wherefore?" As by speech of man amazed,
One moment her deep look to me she lent;
Then, in a voice of hymn-like, solemn fall,
Calm, as by role, she spake out her intent:
"Ivo Of Chartres" by Helen Gray Cone
Even if you arrive at Mahakala at some other time, O cloud, you should wait
until the sun passes from the range of the eye. Playing the honourable role of
drum at the evening offering to Shiva, you will receive the full reward for
your deep thunder.
"The Cloud Messenger - Part 01" by Kalidasa

In news:

As retailers and manufacturers work to ensure the safety of the food supply, pallets, shelving and sanitation systems take on prominent roles.
Corliss receiving a medal for his role in the Hiroshima bombing.
Budget Cuts Undermine US Role in Atom-Smasher Project.
Ryan takes on role of attack dog in Nevada.
Joe Biden is back on the campaign trail, playing the same role that other vice presidents have played before him: attack dog .
After a season of wondering what was wrong with Matt Forte, the Bears finally admitted injuries played a role in his mediocre 2009 campaign.
Sally Field Captures History In Role Of Mrs Lincoln.
Terry lied on role in authoring energy bill.
While no one would argue that a disease like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus is all in your brain, new research suggests that your brain could play a role in such diseases.
Oblivious to Role of the Media.
But you wouldn't know it from the roles he's played.
Part two talks about TIF districts and their role in the merger talks.
Twelve-year-old youngest to land role of Clara for Baltimore Ballet.
Katy Schwarzweller, 12, of Reisterstown rehearses her role as Clara in the Baltimore Ballet Company 's "The Nutcracker".
Narciso Rodriguez is taking an advisory role at Banana Republic to help guide the company's design and product development team.

In science:

The structure of the correlation functions is thus the same as for the grand–canonical ensemble with n playing the role of 1/∆µ and g (x) substituted for e−x .
Matter Correlations in Branched Polymers
It is important to observe the fundamental role played by the Cartan equation in the proof of the theorem.
On the triviality of certain non-Riemannian models of gravitation
Einstein-Proca theory in which Q assumes the role of the Proca field.
On the triviality of certain non-Riemannian models of gravitation
N0 is the density of states and Ωc = e ˜B mc plays the role of the Larmor frequency.
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
The dimensionality of the lattice plays an important role.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD