1. The act of rolling, or state of being rolled.
    the roll of a ball
    Look at the roll of the waves.
  2. That which rolls; a roller.
    1. A heavy cylinder used to break clods.
    2. One of a set of revolving cylinders, or rollers, between which metal is pressed, formed, or smoothed, as in a rolling mill.
      to pass rails through the rolls
    3. That which is rolled up.
      a roll of fat, of wool, paper, cloth, etc.
    4. A document written on a piece of parchment, paper, or other materials which may be rolled up; a scroll.
      1. Hence, an official or public document; a register; a record; also, a catalogue; a list.
        1. A quantity of cloth wound into a cylindrical form.
a roll of carpeting; a roll of ribbon
  1. A cylindrical twist of tobacco.
  1. A kind of shortened raised biscuit or bread, often rolled or doubled upon itself.
  2. 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.
  3. A heavy, reverberatory sound.
    Hear the roll of cannon.
    Hear the roll of thunder.
  4. The uniform beating of a drum with strokes so rapid as scarcely to be distinguished by the ear.
  5. Part; office; duty; role.
  6. A measure of parchments, containing five dozen.
  7. the rotation angle about the longitudinal axis
    Calculate the roll of that aircraft.
  8. The act of, or total resulting from, rolling one or more dice.
    Make your roll.
    Whoever gets the highest roll moves first.
  9. The measure of extent to which a nautical vessel rotates on its fore-and-aft axis, causing its sides to go up and down. Compare with pitch.
  10. A training match for a fighting dog.


  1. 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.
  2. To wrap (something) round on itself; to form into a spherical or cylindrical body by causing to turn over and over.
  3. To bind or involve by winding, as in a bandage; to enwrap; often with up.
  4. To be wound or formed into a cylinder or ball.
    The cloth rolls unevenly; the snow rolls well.
  5. To drive or impel forward with an easy motion, as of rolling.
  6. To utter copiously, especially with sounding words; to utter with a deep sound; — often with forth, or out.
  7. To press or level with a roller; to spread or form with a roll, roller, or rollers.
  8. To spread itself under a roller or rolling-pin.
    The pastry rolls well.
  9. To move, or cause to be moved, upon, or by means of, rollers or small wheels.
  10. To leave or begin a journey.
  11. To compete, especially with vigor.
  12. To beat with rapid, continuous strokes, as a drum; to sound a roll upon.
  13. 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 such a manner that at every instant the parts that have been in contact are equal.
  14. To turn over in one's mind; to revolve.
  15. To behave in a certain way; to adopt a general disposition toward a situation.
  16. To throw dice.
  17. To roll dice such that they form a given pattern or total.
  18. To have a rolling aspect.
  19. To create a new character in a role-playing game.
  20. To generate a random number.
  21. To turn over and over.
  22. To tumble in gymnastics.
  23. To rotate on its fore-and-aft axis, causing its sides to go up and down. Compare with pitch.
  24. To beat up.
  25. To cause to betray secrets or to testify for the prosecution.
  26. To betray secrets.
  27. To act.
  28. To be under the influence of MDMA (a psychedelic stimulant, also known as ).
  29. To be filming.
  30. To perform a periodical revolution; to move onward as with a revolution.
    The years roll on.
  31. To move, like waves or billows, with alternate swell and depression.
  32. To make a loud or heavy rumbling noise.
    The thunder rolled and the lightning flashed.

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