roller coaster


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n roller coaster elevated railway in an amusement park (usually with sharp curves and steep inclines)
    • n roller coaster anything characterized by abrupt and extreme changes (especially up and down) "the economy has been on a roller coaster all year"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In North America there are approximately 618 roller coasters
    • Roller coaster An amusement railroad of varying design in which open cars coast by gravity over a long winding track in a closed circuit, with steep pitches and ascents, and in some cases loops in which the cars are briefly upside-down; typically, the cars are pulled by a chain device to the top of the first peak, after which gravity and momentum provide the only propulsive forces. In some cases, the cars are suspended from a monorail rather than resting on a track, and such cars may be made to swing outward at an angle near to the horizontal. It is a popular amusement at many amusement parks, but is sufficiently frightening to some people that they refuse to ride in one.
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In literature:

There are merry-go-rounds and roller-coasters.
"Six Little Bunkers at Aunt Jo's" by Laura Lee Hope
She was dead right about that, for the further we got into New Hampshire the more the road looked like it had been built by a roller coaster fan.
"Torchy and Vee" by Sewell Ford
After they had rested awhile they went along, threading their way through the crowds until they came to the roller coaster.
"The Girl Scouts at Home" by Katherine Keene Galt
He felt as if he were on a moving roller-coaster.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
The car roller-coastered up and down.
"The Green Beret" by Thomas Edward Purdom
On the outskirts of town were roller coasters and ferris wheels, fun houses and drive-it-yourself miniature cars.
"Mercenary" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
They joined them in a series of mad dashes on the roller coaster.
"Stubble" by George Looms
Say, it was like ridin' sideways in a roller coaster.
"Side-stepping with Shorty" by Sewell Ford
His wife had told him to stay off the roller coaster, but he had sneered.
"The Enormous Room" by Horace Leonard Gold
Memory of a wild ride on a Coney Island roller coaster streaked through Dave's brain.
"Dave Dawson at Dunkirk" by Robert Sydney Bowen

In news:

Marzec learns lessons during roller-coaster baseball season .
As the fan base rides an emotional roller coaster, national sports journalists have started biting back.
Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel chats about the team's roller coaster season, Ben Roethlisberger's recovery, the experience gained from his past postseason runs and more.
'Inception'-Inspired Floating Roller Coasters in Buenos Aires .
After a roller coaster ride of a season, this will be UCSB's final game of the season.
Cedar Point tops off hill on new roller coaster.
A Couple's Clever 'People On A Roller Coaster' Costumes.
'Restaurant Impossible' an 'emotional roller coaster' for owners of Frankie's.
Submerged Roller Coaster in Seaside Heights, NJ.
Should Seaside's Roller Coaster be a 'Tourist Attraction.
The 15-year-old aspires to design roller coasters .
Looping wooden roller coasters are about to become a reality.
Utah State's roller-coaster season revved up Saturday night, as the Aggies posted an impressive 76-56 win over Idaho in the Postseason Tournament second-round game at the Smith Spectrum.
21 oldest roller coasters in the world .
Here's my list of the 21 oldest operating roller coasters in the world , according to information compiled by Roller Coaster Database and American Coaster Enthusiasts.