• Dad Rolled off over the Bowsprit 128
    Dad Rolled off over the Bowsprit 128
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj rolling uttered with a trill "she used rolling r's as in Spanish"
    • n rolling propelling something on wheels
    • n rolling the act of robbing a helpless person "he was charged with rolling drunks in the park"
    • n rolling a deep prolonged sound (as of thunder or large bells)
    • ***

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: The first penny candy to be wrapped in America was the Tootsie Roll in 1896
    • Rolling Having gradual, rounded undulations of surface; as, a rolling country; rolling land.
    • Rolling Moving on wheels or rollers, or as if on wheels or rollers; as, a rolling chair.
    • Rolling Rotating on an axis, or moving along a surface by rotation; turning over and over as if on an axis or a pivot; as, a rolling wheel or ball.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1890, Scott Paper produced the first toilet paper to be available on a roll
    • n rolling A reciprocating rotary motion about a fore-and-aft axis, more or less irregular, as of a ship at sea.
    • n rolling Ornamenting, by means of a bookbinders' roll, the edges or inner covers of a full-bound book.
    • n rolling Smoothing or polishing paper by means of calendering rollers.
    • n rolling A method of taking trout. When the streams are at their lowest stage in summer, a dam of logs, stones, and brush is roughly built at the lower end of some pool in which the fish have congregated. This rolling-dam being constructed, the stream for some distance above the pool is beaten with poles, and the fish are driven down to the deepest water, out of which they are swept with a net. [New Brunswick.]
    • n rolling Same as roll, 5.
    • n rolling A twist or partial knot by which the thread is secured to the bobbin in lace-making.
    • rolling Moving on wheels, or as if on wheels.
    • rolling Making a continuous noise resembling the roll of a drum: as, a rolling fire of musketry.
    • rolling Wavy; undulating; rising and falling in gentle slopes.
    • rolling Turned over or down with the effect of a roll, or that may be so turned down.
    • n rolling In tea manufacture, in China and elsewhere, the operation of pressing the withered leaf, by an arduous manipulation (in modernized practice by machinery). The object is to burst the cells to promote oxidation (in black tea: see under tea) and to render the extractive matter subject to infusion. The curling or twisting of the leaf results incidentally.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: City with the most Rolls Royces per capita: Hong Kong.
    • adj Rolling modulating: moving on wheels: making a continuous sound
    • ***


  • 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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. roler, roeler (Fr. rouler)—Low L. rotulāre—L. rotula, a little wheel—rota, a wheel.


In literature:

Clean and cut up the fish, season with pepper and salt, roll in flour, and fry in hot lard.
"How to Cook Fish" by Olive Green
No wave of trouble could ever roll across their peaceful breasts so long as their lord and master lived.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
The stranger picked up his bed roll and disappeared through the bunk-house door as she watched him.
"The Settling of the Sage" by Hal G. Evarts
Rudd was clean forgotten, as they rolled back triumphantly, just as the roll bell was ringing.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
As the moon rose, the clouds were conquered, and massed into rolling waves upon the ridges of the hills.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
The bear was rolling over and over and threatened each instant to roll on the cowboy and crush him.
"Dave Porter at Star Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer
A rumble of thunder rolled across the sky and the rain came at them in a slanting wall.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
They ran for a mile without a pause, rolled in the sand on the banks of the creek and shouted their joy in perfect freedom.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
It lined over short, then began to rise, shot over Homans, and soared far beyond, to drop and roll and roll.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
She had never seen a greater height of land than the rolling hills of Ontario.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair

In poetry:

Father of every age,
Of every rolling sphere,
Help us to write a deathless page
Of truth, this dawning year!
"Invocation For 1868" by Mary Baker Eddy
The flowers of heaven and earth,
The moons of death and birth,
The seasons of the soul,
The worlds that roll
"Introit : II. Images" by Thomas MacDonagh
What says old Atlantic
That crusts her bows with brine!
"Roll along, my beauty,
For you're a friend o' Mine!"
"The Cutty Comes Back [1924]" by Cicely Fox Smith
What says old Atlantic
That crusts her bows with brine!
"Roll along, my beauty,
For you're a friend o' Mine!"
"The Cutty Comes Back [1926]" by Cicely Fox Smith
I locked and barred my castle door,
The waves roll so gayly O,
Three summer days I grieved sore,
Love me true!
"St. Margaret's Eve" by William Allingham
Both here and there the money roll'd,
And when I had it here, behold,
From there had fled the gold!
"Vanitas! Vanitatum Vanitas!" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In news:

Dan Duquette, right, and Buck Showalter have the Baltimore Orioles rolling into the Major League Baseball postseason.
She was a graduate of Starkville High School and East Mississippi Community College School of Nursing and a former employee of Rolling Hills Nursing Home and The Lodge.
Muscle Milk team rolls at Mid-Ohio.
Every year when Lent rolls around, Catholics across the country pick up cardboard "rice bowls" at the back of their parish churches.
Black Music Month has rolled in, so all June long Critical Mass will be featuring videos of some of our favorite artists from now and then.
Sony's on a roll at the IFA 2012 tech conference in Berlin today.
New Haven Rolls Over Saint Anselm , 45-0.
Rolling up more than 360 rushing yards, the nationally ranked No.
View full size Grant Butler/The Oregonian Vegan Cinnamon Rolls from "I Love Cinnamon Rolls".
Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on one roll call and local senators on two roll calls from the week of June 18-22.
From one long end of foil or parchment, begin rolling the meat mixture jelly- roll -style.
Not Rolled " Rolled " Cabbage.
As you roll the wax, move the waxed paper along so it doesn't get caught up in the roll .
Roll length of bread, like a jelly roll .
Petco Pink Dual-Opening Dispenser with Refill Bags On A Roll, Pack of 2 rolls - 15 bags per roll ().

In science:

This work is supported by a PPARC rolling grant to the University of Wales Aberystwyth.
Angular momentum transport and proton-alpha differential streaming in the solar wind
Furthermore, by Rolle’s theorem, (5) shows that Cn (x) has a root between any pair of consecutive roots of Cn−1 (x).
Real Zeros and Normal Distribution for statistics on Stirling permutations defined by Gessel and Stanley
Also the first and second order general slow-roll inverse formulae giving the Hubble parameter H in terms of the gravitational wave spectrum are derived.
Inflationary Hubble Parameter from the Gravitational Wave Spectrum in the General Slow-roll Approximation
Moreover, the general slow-roll consistency condition relating the scalar and tensor spectra is obtained.
Inflationary Hubble Parameter from the Gravitational Wave Spectrum in the General Slow-roll Approximation
Hence, a more general slow-roll approximation has been put forward which lifts the extra, unjustified, assumptions of the standard slow-roll approximation.
Inflationary Hubble Parameter from the Gravitational Wave Spectrum in the General Slow-roll Approximation