Dictionary and Thesaurus

  Definition of Roll
  1. the act of rolling something (as the ball in bowling)
  2. a flight maneuver; aircraft rotates about its longitudinal axis without changing direction or losing altitude
  3. walking with a rolling gait
  4. the act of throwing dice
  5. anything rolled up in cylindrical form
  6. photographic film rolled up inside a container to protect it from light
  7. a document that can be rolled up (as for storage)
  8. a list of names; "his name was struck off the rolls"
  9. a long heavy sea wave as it advances towards the shore
  10. the sound of a drum (especially a snare drum) beaten rapidly and continuously
  11. a deep prolonged sound (as of thunder or large bells)
  12. rotary motion of an object around its own axis; "wheels in axial rotation"
  13. small rounded bread either plain or sweet
  14. 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"
  15. a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles
  16. execute a roll, in tumbling; "The gymnasts rolled and jumped"
  17. show certain properties when being rolled; "The carpet rolls unevenly"; "dried-out tobacco rolls badly"
  18. take the shape of a roll or cylinder; "the carpet rolled out"; "Yarn rolls well"
  19. shape by rolling; "roll a cigarette"
  20. boil vigorously; "The liquid was seething"; "The water rolled"
  21. pronounce with a roll, of the phoneme /r/; "She rolls her r''s"
  22. flatten or spread with a roller; "roll out the paper"
  23. wrap or coil around; "roll your hair around your finger"; "Twine the thread around the spool"
  24. begin operating or running; "The cameras were rolling"; "The presses are already rolling"
  25. move by turning over or rotating; "The child rolled down the hill"; "turn over on your left side"
  26. 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"
  27. move, rock, or sway from side to side; "The ship rolled on the heavy seas"
  28. 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 ro
  29. move along on or as if on wheels or a wheeled vehicle; "The President''s convoy rolled past the crowds"
  30. move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion; "The curtains undulated"; "the waves rolled towards the beach"
  31. emit, produce, or utter with a deep prolonged reverberating sound; "The thunder rolled"; "rolling drums"
  32. sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity
  33. occur in soft rounded shapes; "The hills rolled past"
Similar Words: cast, scroll, roster, roller, rolling wave, paradiddle, drum roll, peal, pealing, rolling, axial rotation, axial motion, bun, bankroll, coil, whorl, curl, curlicue, ringlet, gyre, roll up, seethe, roll out, wind, wrap, twine, turn over, revolve, wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, ramble, rove, range, drift, vagabond, wheel, undulate, flap, wave, hustle, pluck


See Also: roll up, wrap up, avalanche, roll down, roll over


Hyponyms: barrel roll, snap roll, natural, bolt, rouleau, Dead Sea scrolls, Megillah, Torah, batting order, card, lineup, death-roll, muster roll, church roll, rota, waiting list, wallow, tea bread, frankfurter bun, hotdog bun, hamburger bun, hamburger roll, brioche, crescent roll, croissant, hard roll, Vienna roll, soft roll, kaiser roll, Parker House roll, clover-leaf roll, onion roll, sweet roll, coffee roll, bagel, beigel, corolla, calyx, verticil, cog, mill, spool, reel, ball, clue, clew, coil, loop, curl, rim, transit, maunder, gallivant, gad, jazz around, bowl, troll, luff


Grouped Verbs: roll up, wrap up, furl, revolve, turn over, stray, err, drift, wander


Part Meronyms: bowling


Derivational Morphology: draw, cast, scroll, undulate, flap, wave, ring, peal, revolve, wind, wrap, twine, wheel, turn over, coil, loop, curl, curl up, draw in, curve, kink, roll out, gyrate, spiral, axial rotation, axial motion, whorl, curlicue, ringlet, gyre, curler, hair curler, roller, crimper, winder, vagrant, drifter, floater, vagabond, wandering, roving, vagabondage, drifting, amble, promenade, ramble, saunter, stroll, perambulation, rambler, wanderer, roamer, rover, bird of passage, hiker, tramp, tramper, alley cat, stray, straggler, strayer, wheeling, rolling, flapping, flutter, fluttering, undulation, rolling wave, paradiddle, drum roll, pealing, streetwalker, street girl, hooker, hustler, floozy, floozie, slattern, wheeler dealer, operator


Language Translations:
Afrikaans: rol and toedraai   Breton: pakañ and punañ and ruilhal  
Chinese: 滾動   Dutch: oprollen and rollen  
Finnish: kääriä and pyörittää   French: faire and rouler  
German: aufrollen and rollen   Hebrew: לגלגל  
Hindi: घूमाना and लपेटना   Hungarian: guríta  
Italian: arrotolare and far rotolare and impacchettare   Japanese: 転がる and 巻く and 巻け上がる  
Korean: (''intransitive'') 구르다 and 감다   Portuguese: circular and rolar  
Russian: завёртывать and катить and свёртывать   Spanish: enroscar and envolver and rodar  
Swedish: rulla   Vietnamese: cuốn and lăn and quấn  
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