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Definition of ROLLS

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Roll \Roll\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rolled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rolling}.] [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}.]
     1. 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. [1913 Webster]

     2. 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. [1913 Webster]

     3. To bind or involve by winding, as in a bandage; to inwrap;
        -- often with up; as, to roll up a parcel.
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     4. To drive or impel forward with an easy motion, as of rolling; as, a river rolls its waters to the ocean. [1913 Webster]

              The flood of Catholic reaction was rolled over Europe.                               --J. A. Symonds. [1913 Webster]

     5. 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. [1913 Webster]

              Who roll'd the psalm to wintry skies. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

     6. 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. [1913 Webster]

     7. To move, or cause to be moved, upon, or by means of, rollers or small wheels. [1913 Webster]

     8. To beat with rapid, continuous strokes, as a drum; to sound a roll upon. [1913 Webster]

     9. (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. [1913 Webster]

     10. To turn over in one's mind; to revolve.
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               Full oft in heart he rolleth up and down The beauty of these florins new and bright.
                                                    --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

     {To roll one's self}, to wallow.

     {To roll the eye}, to direct its axis hither and thither in quick succession.

     {To roll one's r's}, to utter the letter r with a trill. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Roll \Roll\, v. i.
     1. 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. [1913 Webster]

              And her foot, look you, is fixed upon a spherical stone, which rolls, and rolls, and rolls. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. To move on wheels; as, the carriage rolls along the street. "The rolling chair." --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     3. To be wound or formed into a cylinder or ball; as, the cloth rolls unevenly; the snow rolls well. [1913 Webster]

     4. To fall or tumble; -- with over; as, a stream rolls over a precipice. [1913 Webster]

     5. To perform a periodical revolution; to move onward as with a revolution; as, the rolling year; ages roll away. [1913 Webster]

     6. To turn; to move circularly.
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              And his red eyeballs roll with living fire.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     7. To move, as waves or billows, with alternate swell and depression. [1913 Webster]

              What different sorrows did within thee roll.
                                                    --Prior. [1913 Webster]

     8. 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. [1913 Webster]

              Twice ten tempestuous nights I rolled. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

     9. To turn over, or from side to side, while lying down; to wallow; as, a horse rolls. [1913 Webster]

     10. To spread under a roller or rolling-pin; as, the paste rolls well. [1913 Webster]

     11. To beat a drum with strokes so rapid that they can scarcely be distinguished by the ear. [1913 Webster]

     12. To make a loud or heavy rumbling noise; as, the thunder rolls. [1913 Webster]

     {To roll about}, to gad abroad. [Obs.]
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              Man shall not suffer his wife go roll about.
                                                    --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Roll \Roll\, n. [F. r[^o]le a roll (in sense 3), fr. L. rotulus
     ? little wheel, LL., a roll, dim. of L. rota a wheel. See {Roll}, v., and cf. {R[^o]le}, {Rouleau}, {Roulette}.]
     1. The act of rolling, or state of being rolled; as, the roll of a ball; the roll of waves. [1913 Webster]

     2. That which rolls; a roller. Specifically:
        (a) A heavy cylinder used to break clods. --Mortimer. (b) 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. [1913 Webster]

     3. That which is rolled up; as, a roll of fat, of wool, paper, cloth, etc. Specifically: (a) A document written on a piece of parchment, paper, or other materials which may be rolled up; a scroll. [1913 Webster]

                  Busy angels spread
                  The lasting roll, recording what we say.
                                                    --Prior. [1913 Webster] (b) Hence, an official or public document; a register; a record; also, a catalogue; a list. [1913 Webster]

                  The rolls of Parliament, the entry of the petitions, answers, and transactions in Parliament, are extant.           --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster]

                  The roll and list of that army doth remain.
                                                    --Sir J. Davies. [1913 Webster] (c) A quantity of cloth wound into a cylindrical form; as, a roll of carpeting; a roll of ribbon. (d) A cylindrical twist of tobacco. [1913 Webster]

     4. A kind of shortened raised biscuit or bread, often rolled or doubled upon itself. [1913 Webster]

     5. (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. [1913 Webster]

     6. A heavy, reverberatory sound; as, the roll of cannon, or of thunder. [1913 Webster]

     7. The uniform beating of a drum with strokes so rapid as scarcely to be distinguished by the ear. [1913 Webster]

     8. Part; office; duty; role. [Obs.] --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

     {Long roll} (Mil.), a prolonged roll of the drums, as the signal of an attack by the enemy, and for the troops to arrange themselves in line.

     {Master of the rolls}. See under {Master}.

     {Roll call}, the act, or the time, of calling over a list names, as among soldiers.

     {Rolls of court}, {of parliament} (or of any public body), the parchments or rolls on which the acts and proceedings of that body are engrossed by the proper officer, and which constitute the records of such public body.

     {To call the roll}, to call off or recite a list or roll of names of persons belonging to an organization, in order to ascertain who are present or to obtain responses from those present. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: List; schedule; catalogue; register; inventory. See {List}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

707 Moby Thesaurus words for "roll":
     Danish, Danish pastry, English muffin, Parker House roll, Yorkshire pudding, account, advance, agenda, align, amble, angular momentum, angular motion, angular velocity, annals, arrive, axial motion, backing, bagel, bale, bank, bankroll, barge, barrage, barrel, bask, bask in, be effortless, be painless, be poised, be reflected, be sent back, beadroll, beat, beat a ruffle, beat a tattoo, beating, bialy, bialystoker, bibliofilm, billow, billowing, bindle, bipack, black-and-white film, blank, blunder, bob, bobble, bole, bolt, boom, booming, bore, bounce back, bouquet, bowl, bowl along, bowling, break, breakers, budget, bun, bundle, bunt, butt, cackle, cadastre, calendar, calender, cannonade, careen, career, carol, cartridge, cask, cast, catalog, catalogue, caw, census, census report, centrifugation, chatter, checklist, checkroll, cheep, chirk, chirograph, chirp, chirr, chirrup, chitter, chop, choppiness, chopping sea, chronicle, chronicles, chuck, circle, circulation, circumgyration, circumrotation, cirrus, clack, clover-leaf roll, cluck, clump, coast, cock-a-doodle-doo, coffee cake, coggle, coil, color film, color negative film, column, comb, comber, come along, come in, come on, commute, coo, corkscrew, correspondence, course, cover ground, crab, crap, craps, crash, crescent roll, croak, croissant, cronk, cross bun, crow, cruise, crumpet, cuckoo, curl, curlicue, cycle, cylinder, cylindroid, dangle, dash, deck, delight in, dip, directory, dirty water, disappear, docket, document, documentation, dope, dossier, drag, dramatis personae, drift, drive, droop, drum, drum music, drumbeat, drumfire, drumming, dry plate, eagre, ebb and flow, echo, echo back, elapse, emulsion, enfold, enshroud, envelop, enwrap, equalize, evaporate, even, even out, evolute, expire, fagot, falter, fardel, fare, fare forth, fasces, fascine, feather, fell, fetch, file, film, fishtail, flatten, flit, float, flounce, flounder, flow, flow in, fluctuate, flush, flutter, fly, foot, footslog, form, forward, frame, full circle, furl, gabble, gad, gaggle, gain ground, gait, gallivant, gallop, gang, gather head, gather way, gem, get ahead, get along, give no trouble, glide, go, go ahead, go along, go around, go easily, go fast, go forward, go like clockwork, go on, go pitapat, gobble, grade, gravity wave, ground swell, grovel, growl, grumble, guggle, gush, gyrate, gyration, gyre, halt, hard roll, head count, heave, heavy sea, heavy swell, helix, hie, hippety-hop, history, hitch, hobble, hobbyhorse, holograph, honk, honor roll, hoo, hoot, hop, hot cross bun, hot-press, impel, index, indulge, indulge in, instrument, inventory, involute, iron, jog, jolt, jump, jury list, jury panel, kaiser roll, kink, labor, lay, lay down, lay flat, lay level, lay low, lay out, legal document, legal instrument, legal paper, letters, level, level off, librate, lift, limp, lineup, list, listing, lock step, loop, lop, lumber, lunge, lurch, luxuriate, luxuriate in, make good time, make head against, make headway, make heavy weather, make progress, make progress against, make strides, make up leeway, mangle, memorial, microfilm, mince, mincing steps, money, monochromatic film, mooch, motion-picture film, move, move along, move forward, move on, muffin, muster, muster roll, natural, negative, nick, nose count, nosegay, nutate, official document, onion roll, orbit, order of business, orthochromatic film, oscillate, pace, pack, package, packet, paddle, palpitate, palpitation, panchromatic film, paper, papers, paradiddle, parcel, parchment, part, pass, pass along, pass on, patter, peak, peal, pedal, peep, peg, pendulate, personal file, photographic paper, piaffe, piaffer, piece, pillar, pinwheel roll, pip, pipe, pipe roll, pitapat, pitch, pitch and plunge, pitch and toss, pitching, pitter-patter, pivoting, plate, plod, plow, plunge, pole, poll, popover, popple, porpoise, portion, posy, pound, pounding, pour in, prance, present no difficulties, press, printing paper, proceed, program, progress, propel, property roll, pull out, pull up, pulsate, pulsation, push, push down, quack, questionnaire, quiver, rack, ramble, range, rase, rat-a-tat, rat-tat, rat-tat-tat, rataplan, rattattoo, raze, rear, rebound, record, recording, reecho, reel, reeling, register, registry, rejoice in, relic, relish, remains, resonate, resound, return, returns, revel, revel in, reverberate, reverberation, revolution, revolve, ride, riffle, ringlet, ripple, rise, rise and fall, roam, roar, rob, rock, rocking, roll call, roll flat, roll in, roll on, roll out, roll up, roller, rollick, rolling, rolls, roster, rota, rotate, rotation, rotational motion, rough water, rouleau, rove, row, rub-a-dub, ruff, ruffle, rumble, run, run smoothly, sail, sashay, saunter, savor, scend, schedule, scold, scone, screw, scrip, script, scroll, scuff, scuffle, scuttle, sea, seethe, send, send back, shake, shamble, sheaf, shoestring, shot, shove, show up, shroud, shuffle, shunt, sideslip, sidle, sing, single-foot, skid, skip, slate, slide, slink, slip, slither, slog, slouch, slowness, sluice, smash, smooth, smooth out, smoothen, soft roll, somersault, somerset, sound, sound a tattoo, sound film, sound track, sound-on-film, soundstripe, spatter, spin, spinning, spiral, splatter, split, splutter, spool, spread out, sputter, squawk, staccato, stagger, stalk, stamp, steamroll, steamroller, stem, step, step forward, stomp, straddle, straggle, stray, stream, stride, strip, stroll, strolling gait, struggle, strut, stumble, stump, stunt, surf, surge, swag, swagger, swathe, sway, sweep, sweep along, swell, swing, swinging, swirl, swirling, swiveling, table, take pleasure in, tat-tat, tattoo, tax roll, tendril, thrash about, throb, throbbing, throw, thrum, thrust, thump, thumping, thunder, tidal bore, tidal wave, tide wave, tittup, toddle, token, tom-tom, toss, toss and tumble, toss and turn, tossing, totter, trace, traipse, travel, tread, treadle, trill, trip, tripack, troll, trolling, trot, trough, trudge, trundle, trundling, trunk, truss, tsunami, tube, tumble, turbination, turn over, turn up, turning, tweet, twirl, twist, twit, twitter, uncoil, uncurl, undulate, undulation, unfold, unfurl, unroll, unwind, vacillate, vanish, vehicle, velocity, vestige, vibrate, volutation, volute, volution, vortex, wad, waddle, wag, waggle, walk, wallop, wallow, wallow in, wamble, warble, water wave, wave, wavelet, waver, waving, wayfare, welter, wend, wheel, wheeling, whir, whirl, whirling, whistle, white horses, whitecaps, whorl, wiggle, wind up, wobble, work well, wrap up, writ, writing, yaw


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