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.
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.
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.
to extend in waves, as land[no object]The hills rolled into the distance.
to move along or elapse, as time[no object]The years rolled by, and before we knew it she was all grown up.
to make or have a deep, continuing sound, as thunder: [no object]The drums rolled and the parade began.[~ + object]to roll their drums.
(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.
to begin to move or operate:Let's roll at sunrise.
to make progress; advance:The project is really rolling now.
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.
[~ + object] to trill:to roll one'sr 's.
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.
(in certain games, as craps) to throw (dice): [~ + object]He rolled a seven.[no object]Whose turn is it to roll?
Slang Terms[~ + object][Slang.]to rob, esp. by going through the pockets of a victim who is asleep or drunk.
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.
[no object][Informal.]to arrive, esp. in large quantity:When does the money start rolling in?See rolling below.
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.
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.
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.
Idioms, Gameson a roll, experiencing a time of success:She's on a roll now; everything is going her way.
Idioms, roll with the punches, to deal with difficulty by remaining flexible.