• Dad Rolled off over the Bowsprit 128
    Dad Rolled off over the Bowsprit 128
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v roll execute a roll, in tumbling "The gymnasts rolled and jumped"
    • v roll show certain properties when being rolled "The carpet rolls unevenly","dried-out tobacco rolls badly"
    • v roll take the shape of a roll or cylinder "the carpet rolled out","Yarn rolls well"
    • v roll shape by rolling "roll a cigarette"
    • v roll boil vigorously "The liquid was seething","The water rolled"
    • v roll pronounce with a roll, of the phoneme /r/ "She rolls her r's"
    • v roll flatten or spread with a roller "roll out the paper"
    • v roll arrange or or coil around "roll your hair around your finger","Twine the thread around the spool","She wrapped her arms around the child"
    • v roll begin operating or running "The cameras were rolling","The presses are already rolling"
    • v roll move by turning over or rotating "The child rolled down the hill","turn over on your left side"
    • v roll cause to move by turning over or in a circular manner of as if on an axis "She rolled the ball","They rolled their eyes at his words"
    • v roll move, rock, or sway from side to side "The ship rolled on the heavy seas"
    • v roll move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment "The gypsies roamed the woods","roving vagabonds","the wandering Jew","The cattle roam across the prairie","the laborers drift from one town to the next","They rolled from town to town"
    • v roll move along on or as if on wheels or a wheeled vehicle "The President's convoy rolled past the crowds"
    • v roll move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion "The curtains undulated","the waves rolled towards the beach"
    • v roll emit, produce, or utter with a deep prolonged reverberating sound "The thunder rolled","rolling drums"
    • v roll sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity
    • v roll occur in soft rounded shapes "The hills rolled past"
    • n roll the act of rolling something (as the ball in bowling)
    • n roll a flight maneuver; aircraft rotates about its longitudinal axis without changing direction or losing altitude
    • n roll walking with a swaying gait
    • n roll the act of throwing dice
    • n roll anything rolled up in cylindrical form
    • n roll photographic film rolled up inside a container to protect it from light
    • n roll a document that can be rolled up (as for storage)
    • n roll a list of names "his name was struck off the rolls"
    • n roll a long heavy sea wave as it advances towards the shore
    • n roll the sound of a drum (especially a snare drum) beaten rapidly and continuously
    • n roll a deep prolonged sound (as of thunder or large bells)
    • n roll rotary motion of an object around its own axis "wheels in axial rotation"
    • n roll small rounded bread either plain or sweet
    • n roll a roll of currency notes (often taken as the resources of a person or business etc.) "he shot his roll on a bob-tailed nag"
    • n roll a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Reach Into Another Pocket and Dig up Another Roll 171 Reach Into Another Pocket and Dig up Another Roll 171
The Man Rolled Dad over and he Was a Sight 210 The Man Rolled Dad over and he Was a Sight 210
Rolling the thread Rolling the thread
Twin Carrier with Kiln Door loaded and rolling clear of Opening Twin Carrier with Kiln Door loaded and rolling clear of Opening
"The Iron Rim Rolling Savagely." "The Iron Rim Rolling Savagely."
rolling pin and sifter rolling pin and sifter
rolling pin, sifter, etc rolling pin, sifter, etc
She rolled away She rolled away

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: According to studies, an average roll of toilet paper lasts about five days in the bathroom
    • Roll A cylindrical twist of tobacco.
    • Roll A document written on a piece of parchment, paper, or other materials which may be rolled up; a scroll.
    • Roll A heavy cylinder used to break clods.
    • Roll A heavy, reverberatory sound; as, the roll of cannon, or of thunder.
    • Roll A kind of shortened raised biscuit or bread, often rolled or doubled upon itself.
    • Roll A quantity of cloth wound into a cylindrical form; as, a roll of carpeting; a roll of ribbon.
    • Roll Hence, an official or public document; a register; a record; also, a catalogue; a list.
    • Roll One of a set of revolving cylinders, or rollers, between which metal is pressed, formed, or smoothed, as in a rolling mill; as, to pass rails through the rolls .
    • Roll Part; office; duty; rôle.
    • Roll That which is rolled up; as, a roll of fat, of wool, paper, cloth, etc.
    • Roll That which rolls; a roller.
    • Roll The act of rolling, or state of being rolled; as, the roll of a ball; the roll of waves.
    • Roll (Naut) The oscillating movement of a vessel from side to side, in sea way, as distinguished from the alternate rise and fall of bow and stern called pitching.
    • Roll The uniform beating of a drum with strokes so rapid as scarcely to be distinguished by the ear.
    • Roll (Geom) To apply (one line or surface) to another without slipping; to bring all the parts of (one line or surface) into successive contact with another, in suck manner that at every instant the parts that have been in contact are equal.
    • Roll To be wound or formed into a cylinder or ball; as, the cloth rolls unevenly; the snow rolls well.
    • Roll To beat a drum with strokes so rapid that they can scarcely be distinguished by the ear.
    • Roll To beat with rapid, continuous strokes, as a drum; to sound a roll upon.
    • Roll To bind or involve by winding, as in a bandage; to inwrap; -- often with up; as, to roll up a parcel.
    • Roll To cause to revolve by turning over and over; to move by turning on an axis; to impel forward by causing to turn over and over on a supporting surface; as, to roll a wheel, a ball, or a barrel.
    • Roll To drive or impel forward with an easy motion, as of rolling; as, a river rolls its waters to the ocean. "The flood of Catholic reaction was rolled over Europe."
    • Roll To fall or tumble; -- with over; as, a stream rolls over a precipice.
    • Roll To incline first to one side, then to the other; to rock; as, there is a great difference in ships about rolling ; in a general semse, to be tossed about. "Twice ten tempestuous nights I rolled ."
    • Roll To make a loud or heavy rumbling noise; as, the thunder rolls . "Man shall not suffer his wife go roll about ."
    • Roll To move on wheels; as, the carriage rolls along the street. "The rolling chair."
    • Roll To move, as a curved object may, along a surface by rotation without sliding; to revolve upon an axis; to turn over and over; as, a ball or wheel rolls on the earth; a body rolls on an inclined plane. "And her foot, look you, is fixed upon a spherical stone, which rolls , and rolls , and rolls ."
    • Roll To move, as waves or billows, with alternate swell and depression. "What different sorrows did within thee roll ."
    • Roll To move, or cause to be moved, upon, or by means of, rollers or small wheels.
    • Roll To perform a periodical revolution; to move onward as with a revolution; as, the rolling year; ages roll away.
    • Roll To press or level with a roller; to spread or form with a roll, roller, or rollers; as, to roll a field; to roll paste; to roll steel rails, etc.
    • Roll To spread under a roller or rolling-pin; as, the paste rolls well.
    • Roll To turn over in one's mind; to revolve. "Full oft in heart he rolleth up and down
      The beauty of these florins new and bright."
    • Roll To turn over, or from side to side, while lying down; to wallow; as, a horse rolls .
    • Roll To turn; to move circularly. "And his red eyeballs roll with living fire."
    • Roll To utter copiously, esp. with sounding words; to utter with a deep sound; -- often with forth, or out; as, to roll forth some one's praises; to roll out sentences. "Who roll'd the psalm to wintry skies."
    • Roll To wrap round on itself; to form into a spherical or cylindrical body by causing to turn over and over; as, to roll a sheet of paper; to roll parchment; to roll clay or putty into a ball.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1890, Scott Paper produced the first toilet paper to be available on a roll
    • roll To move like a carriage-wheel; move along a surface without slipping by perpetually turning over the foremost point of contact as an instantaneous axis: as, a ball or wheel rolls on the earth; a body rolls on an inclined plane.
    • roll To run or travel on wheels.
    • roll To revolve; perform a periodical revolution.
    • roll To turn; have a rotatory motion, generally reciprocating and irregular, especially in lateral directions: as, the ship rolls (that is, turns back and forth about a longitudinal axis).
    • roll To move like waves or billows; also, to move like a considerable body of water, as a river. Each particle of water in a wave revolves in a circle, and though this cannot be seen, there is a vague appearance of a wheel-like movement.
    • roll To fluctuate; move tumultuously.
    • roll To tumble or fall over and over.
    • roll To emit a deep prolonged sound, like the roll of a ball or the continuous beating of a drum.
    • roll To enroll one's self; be enrolled.
    • roll To trill: said of certain singing birds.
    • roll To lend itself to being coiled up in a cylindrical form: as, cloth that rolls well.
    • roll To ramble; wander abroad; gad about. Compare roil.
    • roll To cause to rotate; whirl or wheel.
    • roll To cause to move like a carriage-wheel; cause to move over a surface without sliding, by perpetually turning over the foremost point of contact: as, to roll a cask or a ball.
    • roll To turn over in one's thoughts; revolve; consider again and again.
    • roll To wrap round and round an axis, so as to bring into a compact cylindrical form: as, to roll a piece of cloth; to roll a sheet of paper; to roll parchment; to roll tobacco.
    • roll To bind or infold in a bandage or wrapper; inwrap.
    • roll To press or level with a roller; spread out with a roller or rolling-pin: as, to roll a field; to roll pie-crust.
    • roll To drive or impel forward with a sweeping, easy motion, as of rolling.
    • roll To give expression to or emit in a prolonged deep sound.
    • roll To utter with vibration of the tongue; trill.
    • roll In printing, to make (paper) smooth by passing it under calendering rollers.
    • roll To turn over by degrees, as a whale when cutting in. At first the whale is rolled carefully and gently, then more quickly, as the blubber is hove up, and the head is cut off at last.
    • roll In drum-playing, to beat with rapid blows so as to produce a continuous sound.
    • roll Synonyms Swing, etc. See rock, transitive verb
    • n roll A cylinder formed by winding something round and round; that which is rolled up: as, a roll of wool; a roll of paper.
    • n roll Specifically— A document of paper, parchment, or the like which is or may be rolled up; hence, an official document; a list; a register; a catalogue; a record: as, a muster-roll; a class-roll; a court-roll.
    • n roll A long piece of cloth, paper, or the like, usually of uniform width throughout, and rolled upon either a round stick or a thin board, or upon itself merely, as the most convenient form of making a package. See roller, 2.
    • n roll In cookery, something rolled up: as, a veal roll; a jelly roll. Specifically— A small cake of bread rolled or doubled on itself before baking: as, a French roll. Same as roly-poly, 2.
    • n roll A cylindrical twist of tobacco
    • n roll In carding, a slender, slightly compacted cylinder or sliver of carded wool, delivered from hand-cards or from the doffing-cylinder of a carding-machine. Such rolls were formerly much used in the hand-spinning of wool. For machine-spinning the sliver is extended into a continuous roving.
    • n roll Part of the head-dress of a woman, a rounded cushion or mass of hair usually laid above the forehead, especially in the sixteenth century.
    • n roll A revolving cylinder employed in any manner to operate upon a material, as in forming metals into bars, plates, or sheets, smoothing the surfaces of textures, as in paper-making, laundering, etc., or in comminuting substances, as in grinding grain, crushing ores, etc.
    • n roll One of a pair of cylinders in a rolling-mill, between which metals are passed to form them into bars, plates, or sheets. See rolling-mill
    • n roll In engraving, the cylindrical die of a transferring-press
    • n roll In metallurgy, one of a pair of hard and strong metallic cylinders between which ores are crushed.
    • n roll In paper-making, one of the cylinders of a calender; also, the cylinder of a pulping-engine. See calender, 1, and pulp-engine.
    • n roll In high milling, one of a pair of metal cylinders through a series of which pairs grain is passed for successively crushing it to the requisite fineness. See high milling, under milling.
    • n roll In calico-printing, a cylinder of a calico-printing machine.
    • n roll The impression-cylinder of a printing-machine.
    • n roll In a great variety of machines, one of the cylinders over which an endless apron extends, and upon which it is moved, as in the feed-aprons of carding-machines, pickers for opening cotton as taken from the bale, machines for manufacturing shoddy from rags, etc.
    • n roll Either of a pair of plain or fluted cylinders between which material is passed to feed it into a machine, as in feeding rags to a shoddy-machine, paper to printing-presses, calico to calico-printing machines, etc. Such rolls are also called feed-rolls.
    • n roll A hand-tool used by bookbinders for embossing book-covers, or forming thereon embossed gilded lines. It consists of either a plain or an embossed cylinder with a handle adapted to rest (when in use) against the shoulder of the workman. The roller is heated for use in embossing.
    • n roll In the manufacture of plate-glass, a heavy metallic cylinder which spreads the “metal” on the table, and which, being supported on ways on opposite sides of the table, produces a sheet or plate of uniform thickness.
    • n roll In building: A rounded strip fastened upon and extending along the ridge of a roof.
    • n roll In a leaden roof, one of a number of rounded strips placed under the lead at intervals, whereby crawling of the metal through alternate expansion and contraction is prevented.
    • n roll The act of rolling, or the state of being rolled; a rotatory movement: as, the roll of a ball; the roll of a ship.
    • n roll A deep, prolonged, or sustained sound: as, the roll of thunder. Also rolling.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: City with the most Rolls Royces per capita: Hong Kong.
    • v.i Roll rōl to turn like a wheel: to turn on an axis: to be formed into a roll or cylinder: to move, as waves: to be tossed about: to move tumultuously: to be hurled: to rock, or move from side to side: to wallow: to spread under a roller: to sound as a drum beaten rapidly: to move onward
    • v.t Roll to cause to roll: to turn on an axis: to wrap round on itself: to enwrap: to drive forward: to move upon wheels: to press or smooth with rollers: to beat rapidly, as a drum
    • n Roll act of rolling: that which rolls: a revolving cylinder making sheets, plates, &c.: a roller: that which is rolled up—hence parchment, paper, &c. wound into a circular form: a document: a register: a kind of fancy bread: the continued sound of a drum, of thunder, &c.: a swagger or rolling gait
    • ***


  • Alexander Pope
    “Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll; charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “A rolling stone can gather no moss.”
  • Earl of Arran
    Earl of Arran
    “My father told me that if you saw a man in a Rolls Royce you could be sure he was not a gentleman unless he was the chauffeur.”
  • Bill Bryson
    Bill Bryson
    “There are only three things that can kill a farmer: lightning, rolling over in a tractor, and old age.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops.”
  • Woodrow T. Wilson
    “There is no question what the roll of honor in America is. The roll of honor consists of the names of men who have squared their conduct by ideals of duty.”


A rolling stone gathers no moss - People say this to mean that an ambitious person is more successful than a person not trying to achieve anything. Originally it meant the opposite and was critical of people trying to get ahead.
Get the ball rolling - If you get the ball rolling, you start something so that it can start making progress.
Heads will roll - If heads will roll, people will be punished or sacked for something that has gone wrong.
On a roll - If you're on a roll, you're moving from success to success.
Roll in the hay - A roll in the hay is quick sexual intercourse- a quickie or casual improvised sex.
Roll out the red carpet - If you roll out the red carpet, you treat someone in a special way, especially when welcoming them.
Roll the dice - To take a chance on something. "Let's roll the dice and see what happens."
Roll up your sleeves - If you roll up your sleeves, you get ready to start working hard.
Roll with the punches - If you roll with the punches, you are flexible and able to adapt to difficult circumstances.
Roll your eyes - If you roll your eyes, you show with your eyes that you don't believe someone or aren't interested in what they're saying.
Rolling in money - If someone has a lot of money, more than they could possibly need, they are rolling in money.
Rolling in the aisles - If the audience watching something are laughing loudly, the show has them rolling in the aisles.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota, wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha, car, chariot. Cf. Control Roll (n.) Rotary


In literature:

Four weeks had rolled around.
"Stubble" by George Looms
They had now left the town behind; and were rolling, or rather bumping, over the prairie.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
She tried all means to bring them into subjection; but the roll on top was ridiculous, and the roll behind was formal.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
When gravy is made, add the rolls and stew gently until the rolls are tender.
"The Khaki Kook Book" by Mary Kennedy Core
Roll 'em an' see kin you roll to de po' house.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
This makes in all six rolls and three times of rolling.
"The Golden Age Cook Book" by Henrietta Latham Dwight
They stopped work and rolled on the ground in their laughter.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Wildly he clawed at the rope as he rolled over.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
Neither is a tightly rolled sweater an exact equivalent for a feather pillow.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
The two men in each file roll and fasten first the roll of the front and then of the rear rank man.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss

In poetry:

Down in the bass
They easy roll,
Rolling like I like it
In my soul.
"Easy Boogie" by Langston Hughes
Little pilgrim,
The Indian's axed your scalp.
Your turkey wattle
Carpet rolls
"Cut" by Sylvia Plath
"The seasons come and go:
Love, like the sea,
Rolls on with thee,--
But knows no ebb and flow.
"Come Thou" by Mary Baker Eddy
"Why are the stars so high,
There in the velvet sky,
Rolling in rivers by,
Ten thousand years?"
"The Booker Washington Trilogy" by Vachel Lindsay
They dwell--they dwell eternally,
Where roll no winds--no storm,
And, if we seek them, we shall see,
Each bright and happy form.
"Dwelling In Heaven" by James Avis Bartley
Then I cried, "O Jesus take me,
Give me spotless, crimson wings,
Stamp my name upon thy roll book,
Take it to the spotless King."
"Spotless (James 1:21)" by Frank Barbour Coffin

In news:

85 Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, and Musician Known For: Being one of the pioneers of rock and roll with songs like 'Maybellene,' 'Roll Over Beethoven,' 'Rock and Roll Music' and 'Johnny B.
Being one of the pioneers of rock and roll with songs like 'Maybellene,' 'Roll Over Beethoven,' 'Rock and Roll Music' and 'Johnny B.
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 15 of the 2012 season.
From The Rolling Stones 50 by the Rolling Stones.
Rolling Stone has rolled out its list of the 50 Greatest Hip -Hop Songs of All Time, complete with a special intro from Questlove.
Roll 24 frozen rolls in sauce and let rise 2-2 1/2 hours.
Rolling Stone has rolled out its list of the 50 Greatest Hip- Hop Songs of All Time, complete with a special intro from Questlove.
FORMER ROLLING STONES BILL WYMAN AND MICK TAYLOR JOIN THE BAND ONSTAGE During The Rolling Stones' first concert since 2007, they were joined by original bassist Bill Wyman and guitarist Mick Taylor, who replaced Brian Jones in 1969.
Our Test Kitchen shares the easy secret to rolling up a sheet cake jelly-roll style into this yummy Pumpkin Spice Roll.
Printed roll-to-roll organic PVs may not be the most powerful, but they're cheap.
The Rolling Stones just keep rolling even after 50 years.
The roll is called the Nature Boy's Woooo-shi Buffalooooo-shi Roll.
"Those rock-and-roll moments where you're just like, 'God, I love rock and roll so much.'".
Well actually, as a child of the rock and roll era, I know exactly why rock and roll is here to stay.

In science:

That indicates a presence of spectral roll-over at several MeV, in agreement with the cutoff claimed by .
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
This event corresponds to the roll of an odd number.
Monte Carlo: Basics
The exact forms of final spectra of the two types of structures generated during a generalized slow-roll inflation are derived.
Inflationary spectra in generalized gravity: Unified forms
Accuracy of the slow-roll approximation compared with the exact integration of the fundamental equation in eq. (10) has been discussed in .
Inflationary spectra in generalized gravity: Unified forms
An application is made to a slow-roll inflation based on the tachyonic condensation with an exponential potential.
Cosmological perturbations in a generalized gravity including tachyonic condensation