• (n.) 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.
• (n.) 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.
• (n.) To bind or involve by winding, as in a bandage; to inwrap; --
often with up; as, to roll up a parcel.
• (n.) To drive or impel forward with an easy motion, as of rolling;
as, a river rolls its waters to the ocean.
• (n.) 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.
• (n.) 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.
• (n.) To move, or cause to be moved, upon, or by means of, rollers
or small wheels.
• (n.) To beat with rapid, continuous strokes, as a drum; to sound a
• (n.) 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.
• (n.) To turn over in one's mind; to revolve.
• (v. i.) 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
• (v. i.) To move on wheels; as, the carriage rolls along the
• (v. i.) To be wound or formed into a cylinder or ball; as, the
cloth rolls unevenly; the snow rolls well.
• (v. i.) To fall or tumble; -- with over; as, a stream rolls over a
• (v. i.) To perform a periodical revolution; to move onward as with
a revolution; as, the rolling year; ages roll away.
• (v. i.) To turn; to move circularly.
• (v. i.) To move, as waves or billows, with alternate swell and
• (v. i.) 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.
• (v. i.) To turn over, or from side to side, while lying down; to
wallow; as, a horse rolls.
• (v. i.) To spread under a roller or rolling-pin; as, the paste
• (v. i.) To beat a drum with strokes so rapid that they can
scarcely be distinguished by the ear.
• (v. i.) To make a loud or heavy rumbling noise; as, the thunder
• (v.) The act of rolling, or state of being rolled; as, the roll of
a ball; the roll of waves.
• (v.) That which rolls; a roller.
• (v.) A heavy cylinder used to break clods.
• (v.) 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.
• (v.) That which is rolled up; as, a roll of fat, of wool, paper,
• (v.) A document written on a piece of parchment, paper, or other
materials which may be rolled up; a scroll.
• (v.) Hence, an official or public document; a register; a record;
also, a catalogue; a list.
• (v.) A quantity of cloth wound into a cylindrical form; as, a roll
of carpeting; a roll of ribbon.
• (v.) A cylindrical twist of tobacco.
• (v.) A kind of shortened raised biscuit or bread, often rolled or
doubled upon itself.
• (v.) 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.
• (v.) A heavy, reverberatory sound; as, the roll of cannon, or of
• (v.) The uniform beating of a drum with strokes so rapid as
scarcely to be distinguished by the ear.
• (v.) Part; office; duty; role.