v. i.
1) to move along a surface by turning over and over
2) to move or be moved on wheels
3) to flow or advance with an undulating motion, as waves
4) to extend in undulations, as land
5) to elapse, as time
6) to move as in a cycle, as seasons (usu. fol. by round or around)
7) to emit or have a deep, prolonged sound, as thunder
8) to trill, as a bird
9) to turn over, as a person lying down
10) (of the eyes) to turn around in different directions
11) (of a vessel)
a) naut. navig. to rock from side to side in open water
b) naut. navig. to sail with a side-to-side rocking motion
12) to walk with a swinging or swaying gait
13) inf Informal.
a) to begin to move or operate:
Let's roll at sunrise[/ex]
b) to make progress; advance:
The project is really rolling now[/ex]
14) to curl up so as to form a ball or cylinder
15) to become spread out or flattened
16) aer. (of an aircraft or rocket) to deviate from a stable flight attitude by rotation about the longitudinal axis
17) to cause to move along a surface by turning over and over
18) trs to move along on wheels or rollers
19) to drive or cause to flow onward with an undulating motion
20) to utter or give forth with a full, flowing, continuous sound
21) to trill: to roll one's r
22) to cause to turn over
23) to turn around in different directions:
to roll one's eyes[/ex]
24) to cause to sway or rock from side to side, as a ship
25) to wrap around an axis or around itself:
to roll string[/ex]
26) to make by forming into a cylinder:
to roll a cigarette[/ex]
27) to spread out flat (something curled up) (often fol. by out)
28) to wrap or envelop, as in a covering
29) to spread out, level, compact, or the like, as with a rolling pin
30) to beat (a drum) with rapid, continuous strokes
31) (in certain games, as craps) to throw (dice)
32) pri to apply (ink) with a roller or series of rollers
33) sts Slang. to rob, esp. by going through the pockets of a victim who is asleep or drunk
34) phv roll back, to reduce (prices, wages, etc.) to a former level
35) phv roll in, Informal.
to arrive, esp. in large numbers or quantity:
When does the money start rolling in?[/ex]
36) phv roll out
a) to spread out or flatten
b) Informal. to arise, as from bed
c) spo Football. to execute a rollout
37) phv roll over, to reinvest (funds), as from one stock or bond into another
38) phv roll up
a) to amass in increasing quantities or amounts
b) to arrive in a car, carriage, or other vehicle
39) pri a piece of paper, parchment, or the like, that is rolled up
40) a register, catalog, or list, as of membership
41) anything rolled up in a ringlike or cylindrical form
42) a length of cloth, wallpaper, or the like, rolled up in cylindrical form, often forming a definite measure
43) a cylindrical or rounded mass of something:
rolls of fat[/ex]
44) a roller
45) coo
a) thin cake spread with jelly or the like and rolled up
b) coo a small cake of bread sometimes folded over before baking
c) meat rolled up and cooked
46) an act or instance of rolling
47) undulation, as of a surface
48) a sonorous or rhythmical flow of words
49) a deep, prolonged sound, as of thunder or drums
50) anb the trill of certain birds
51) naut. navig. a rolling motion or gait
52) Aerospace.
a) a single, complete rotation of an airplane about the axis of the fuselage with little loss of altitude or change of direction
b) (of an aircraft or rocket) the act of rolling
c) the angular displacement caused by rolling
53) Informal.
a) paper currency carried folded or rolled up
b) bankroll; funds
54) (in various dice games)
a) a single cast of or turn at casting the dice
b) the total number of pips or points made by a single cast; score or point
Etymology: 1175–1225; (n.) ME: scroll, register, cylindrical object < OF ro(u)lle < L rotulus, rotula small wheel, dim. of rota wheel; (v.) ME < OF rol(l)er < VL *rotulare, der. of L rotulus, rotula syn: See list I .

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