verb (used without object)
- to rock from side to side in open water.Compare heave(def 14b), pitch1(def 20).
- to sail with a side-to-side rocking motion.
verb (used with object)
- thin cake spread with jelly or the like and rolled up.
- a small cake of bread, originally and still often rolled or doubled on itself before baking.
- meat rolled up and cooked.
- a single, complete rotation of an airplane about the axis of the fuselage with little loss of altitude or change of direction.
- (of an aircraft or rocket) the act of rolling.
- the angular displacement caused by rolling.
- paper currency carried folded or rolled up: He took out an impressive roll and paid the check with a $100 bill.
- bankroll; funds: People were encouraged to shoot their rolls on mining speculation.
- a single cast of or turn at casting the dice.
- the total number of pips or points made by a single cast; score or point.
- to luxuriate in; abound in: rolling in money.
- to go to bed; retire: They would roll in later and later every night.
- to mix and average the cost of (a higher-priced commodity or item) with that of a cheaper one so as to increase the retail price.
- to add: Labor wants to roll in periodic increases with their wage demands.
- to arrive, especially in large numbers or quantity: When do my dividends start rolling in?
- to spread out or flatten: to roll out dough.
- Informal. to arise from bed; get up: It was nearly impossible to roll out on the first day back after vacation.
- Football. to execute a rollout.
- Informal. to introduce; unveil: a TV advertising campaign to roll out the new car.
- Business. to reinvest funds, especially a tax-free transfer of assets from one retirement plan to another.
- to overturn: The truck rolled over, and the driver hung by her seatbelt.
- to turn over: I rolled over in my sleep and nearly fell out of bed.
- to accumulate; collect: to roll up a large vote.
- to increase.
- to arrive in a conveyance: He rolled up to the front door in a chauffeur-driven limousine.
Idioms for roll
- (in a gambling game) having a continuing winning streak.
- enjoying continuing good luck or success: She's been on a roll since taking that course on sales techniques.
Origin of roll
OTHER WORDS FROM rollroll·a·ble, adjective re·roll, verb un·roll·a·ble, adjective well-rolled, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH rollrole roll
Words nearby roll
Example sentences from the Web for roll
I think 2014 was my big rock and roll year, and 2015 is gonna be a really good year to hang around the house.Deer Tick's John McCauley on Ten Years in Rock and Roll |James Joiner |January 2, 2015 |DAILY BEAST
“Gently rolling hills” roll not-so-gently under my tires, but the English countryside scenery is soporific.Biking With the Bard |Kara Cutruzzula |December 28, 2014 |DAILY BEAST
In previous decades, hip-hop was something typically preached against, much like rock & roll and heavy metal before it.Down With the King: Christianity Isn’t Hiding in Rap’s Closet |Stereo Williams |December 28, 2014 |DAILY BEAST
Roll the pork over the stuffing, like a jelly roll, until the seam is facing down and the fat back is on top.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries |Carla Hall |December 24, 2014 |DAILY BEAST
But, strange to say, Cocker never got inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker |Ted Gioia |December 23, 2014 |DAILY BEAST
Dade flung away a half-smoked cigarette and agitatedly began to roll another one.The Gringos |B. M. Bower
They were the trot of a horse's hoofs and the roll of wheels, and before we reached the hall-door the bell was ringing.Willing to Die |Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
They were to try their best to turn square corners, to roll their hoops in a straight line, and to keep them from falling down.All About Johnnie Jones |Carolyn Verhoeff
La Touche took the roll of wire and held it in his hands for a moment.The Beach of Dreams |H. De Vere Stacpoole
Roll out the dough, cut it in cakes and bake them on tins in a moderately hot oven.The National Cook Book, 9th ed. |Hannah Mary Peterson
British Dictionary definitions for roll
- to expel from membership
- to debar (a solicitor) from practising, usually because of dishonesty
Word Origin for roll
Idioms and Phrases with roll
In addition to the idioms beginning with roll
- roll around
- roll back
- roll in
- rolling stone
- roll in the aisles
- roll in the hay
- roll out
- roll over
- roll the bones
- roll up
- roll up one's sleeves
- roll with the punches
- easy as pie (rolling off a log)
- get rolling
- get the ball rolling
- heads will roll
- on a roll
- red carpet