WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
roll /roʊl/USA pronunciation v. 
  1. to move along a surface by turning over and over: [no object]A huge stone rolled down the hill.[+ object]They rolled a huge stone down on their enemies.
  2. to move or be moved on wheels: [+ object]He rolled the car a few feet from the edge of the cliff.[no object]The car rolled to a stop.
  3. to (cause to) flow with a continuing or swaying motion: [no object]Tears rolled down her face.[+ object]The waves were rolling the ship up and down.
  4. [no object] to extend in waves, as land:The hills rolled into the distance.
  5. [no object] to move along or elapse, as time:The years rolled by, and before we knew it she was all grown up.
  6. to make or have a deep, continuing sound, as thunder: [no object]The drums rolled and the parade began.[+ object]to roll their drums.
  7. (of the eyes) to turn around in different directions: [no object]His eyes rolled wildly in his head.[+ object]He rolled his eyes and looked up.
  8. [no object][Informal.]
    • to begin to move or operate:Let's roll at sunrise.
    • to make progress; advance:The project is really rolling now.
  9. to curl, cover, or fold up so as to form a rounded object: [+ object]to roll a ball of string; She rolled the string into a ball.[no object;
    + up]
    The map rolls up easily.[+ up + object]He rolled up the map.[+ object + up]He rolled the map up.
  10. [+ object] to trill:to roll one'sr 's.
  11. to spread out flat, as with a rolling pin: [+ object]She rolled the pastry dough and made a pie crust.[+ out + object]He rolled out the pizza dough.[+ object + out]He rolled the dough out and added sauce and cheese.
  12. (in certain games, as craps) to throw (dice): [+ object]He rolled a seven.[no object]Whose turn is it to roll?
  13. Slang Terms[+ object][Slang.]to rob, esp. by going through the pockets of a victim who is asleep or drunk.
  14. roll back, to reduce (prices, etc.) to a former level: [+ back + object]The company wants to roll back wages and benefits.[+ object + back]The company wants to roll wages back to pre-1993 rates.
  15. roll in: 
    • [no object][Informal.]to arrive, esp. in large quantity:When does the money start rolling in?See rolling below.
    roll over: 
    • to turn over, as a person lying down: [no object]She groaned, rolled over, and went back to sleep.[+ over + object]We rolled over the body and examined the wound.[+ object + over]to roll it over.
    • to reinvest (funds), as from one stock into another: [+ over + object]How do you know when it's a good time to roll over the funds?[+ object + over]to roll the funds over.[no object]When the funds roll over, the profit will be yours to keep.
    roll up: 
    • to fold the edges of (sleeves, cuffs, etc.): [+ up + object]Roll up your sleeves and let's get to work.[+ object + up]Roll your pants up and step into the water.
    • to gather in increasing amounts: [+ up + object]The company continues to roll up massive profits.[+ object + up]to keep rolling them up.[no object]Profits kept rolling up.
    • [no object] to arrive in a car, etc.:She rolled up in a huge limousine.

n. [countable]
  • a register, catalog, or list, as of a class:The teacher called the roll but my name wasn't on it.
  • anything rolled up in a ringlike or long, rounded form, as a length of cloth, wallpaper, etc.:a roll of Scotch tape.
  • a rounded mass of something:rolls of fat on his stomach.
  • Fooda small cake of bread folded over before baking:coffee and a roll.
  • an act or instance of rolling or swaying:the sickening roll of the ship.
  • a deep, long sound, as of thunder or drums:a roll of thunder.
  • idiom
    1. Idioms, Gameson a roll, experiencing a time of success:She's on a roll now; everything is going her way.
    2. Idioms, roll with the punches, to deal with difficulty by remaining flexible.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    roll /rəʊl/ vb
    1. to move or cause to move along by turning over and over
    2. to move or cause to move along on wheels or rollers
    3. to flow or cause to flow onwards in an undulating movement
    4. (intransitive) (of animals, etc) to turn onto the back and kick: the hills roll down to the sea
    5. (intransitive) to extend in undulations: the hills roll down to the sea
    6. (intransitive) usually followed by around: to move or occur in cycles
    7. (intransitive) (of a planet, the moon, etc) to revolve in an orbit
    8. (intr; followed by on, by, etc) to pass or elapse: the years roll by
    9. to rotate or cause to rotate wholly or partially: to roll one's eyes
    10. to curl, cause to curl, or admit of being curled, so as to form a ball, tube, or cylinder; coil
    11. to make or form by shaping into a ball, tube, or cylinder: to roll a cigarette
    12. (often followed by out) to spread or cause to spread out flat or smooth under or as if under a roller: to roll the lawn, to roll pastry
    13. to emit, produce, or utter with a deep prolonged reverberating sound: the thunder rolled continuously
    14. to trill or cause to be trilled: to roll one's r's
    15. (intransitive) (of a vessel, aircraft, rocket, etc) to turn from side to side around the longitudinal axis
    16. to cause (an aircraft) to execute a roll or (of an aircraft) to execute a roll (sense 40)
      (of an aircraft) to execute or cause an aircraft to execute a roll
    17. (intransitive) to walk with a swaying gait, as when drunk; sway
    18. to throw (dice)
    19. (intransitive) to operate or begin to operate: the presses rolled
    20. (intransitive) informal to make progress; move or go ahead: let the good times roll
    21. (transitive) informal chiefly US NZ to rob (a helpless person, such as someone drunk or asleep)
    1. the act or an instance of rolling
    2. anything rolled up in a cylindrical form: a roll of newspaper
    3. an official list or register, esp of names: an electoral roll
    4. a rounded mass: rolls of flesh
    5. a cylinder used to flatten something; roller
    6. a small loaf of bread for one person: eaten plain, with butter, or as a light meal when filled with meat, cheese, etc
    7. a flat pastry or cake rolled up with a meat (sausage roll), jam (jam roll), or other filling
    8. a swell, ripple, or undulation on a surface: the roll of the hills
    9. a swaying, rolling, or unsteady movement or gait
    10. a deep prolonged reverberating sound: the roll of thunder
    11. a trilling sound; trill
    12. a very rapid beating of the sticks on a drum
    13. a flight manoeuvre in which an aircraft makes one complete rotation about its longitudinal axis without loss of height or change in direction
    14. slang an act of sexual intercourse or petting (esp in the phrase a roll in the hay)
    15. US slang an amount of money, esp a wad of paper money
    16. on a rollslang experiencing continued good luck or success
    17. strike off the roll, strike off the rollsto expel from membership
    18. to debar (a solicitor) from practising, usually because of dishonesty

    See also roll in, roll onEtymology: 14th Century rollen, from Old French roler, from Latin rotulus a little wheel, from rota a wheel

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