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Definition of roll:

  1. A cylindrical twist of tobacco.
  2. A document written on a piece of parchment, paper, or other materials which may be rolled up; a scroll.
  3. A heavy cylinder used to break clods.
  4. A heavy, reverberatory sound; as, the roll of cannon, or of thunder.
  5. A kind of shortened raised biscuit or bread, often rolled or doubled upon itself.
  6. A quantity of cloth wound into a cylindrical form; as, a roll of carpeting; a roll of ribbon.
  7. Hence, an official or public document; a register; a record; also, a catalogue; a list.
  8. 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.
  9. Part; office; duty; role.
  10. That which is rolled up; as, a roll of fat, of wool, paper, cloth, etc.
  11. That which rolls; a roller.
  12. The act of rolling, or state of being rolled; as, the roll of a ball; the roll of waves.
  13. 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.
  14. The uniform beating of a drum with strokes so rapid as scarcely to be distinguished by the ear.
  15. 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.
  16. To be wound or formed into a cylinder or ball; as, the cloth rolls unevenly; the snow rolls well.
  17. To beat a drum with strokes so rapid that they can scarcely be distinguished by the ear.
  18. To beat with rapid, continuous strokes, as a drum; to sound a roll upon.
  19. To bind or involve by winding, as in a bandage; to inwrap; - often with up; as, to roll up a parcel.
  20. 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.
  21. To drive or impel forward with an easy motion, as of rolling; as, a river rolls its waters to the ocean.
  22. To fall or tumble; - with over; as, a stream rolls over a precipice.
  23. 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.
  24. To make a loud or heavy rumbling noise; as, the thunder rolls.
  25. To move on wheels; as, the carriage rolls along the street.
  26. 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.
  27. To move, as waves or billows, with alternate swell and depression.
  28. To move, or cause to be moved, upon, or by means of, rollers or small wheels.
  29. To perform a periodical revolution; to move onward as with a revolution; as, the rolling year; ages roll away.
  30. 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.
  31. To spread under a roller or rolling- pin; as, the paste rolls well.
  32. To turn over in one's mind; to revolve.
  33. To turn over, or from side to side, while lying down; to wallow; as, a horse rolls.
  34. To turn; to move circularly.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.


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