Master of the rolls
Roll Roll, n. [F. r[^o]le a roll (in sense 3), fr. L. rotulus ? little wheel, LL., a roll, dim. of L. rota a wheel. See {Roll}, v., and cf. {R[^o]le}, {Rouleau}, {Roulette}.] 1. The act of rolling, or state of being rolled; as, the roll of a ball; the roll of waves. [1913 Webster]

2. That which rolls; a roller. Specifically: (a) A heavy cylinder used to break clods. --Mortimer. (b) 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. [1913 Webster]

3. That which is rolled up; as, a roll of fat, of wool, paper, cloth, etc. Specifically: (a) A document written on a piece of parchment, paper, or other materials which may be rolled up; a scroll. [1913 Webster]

Busy angels spread The lasting roll, recording what we say. --Prior. [1913 Webster] (b) Hence, an official or public document; a register; a record; also, a catalogue; a list. [1913 Webster]

The rolls of Parliament, the entry of the petitions, answers, and transactions in Parliament, are extant. --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster]

The roll and list of that army doth remain. --Sir J. Davies. [1913 Webster] (c) A quantity of cloth wound into a cylindrical form; as, a roll of carpeting; a roll of ribbon. (d) A cylindrical twist of tobacco. [1913 Webster]

4. A kind of shortened raised biscuit or bread, often rolled or doubled upon itself. [1913 Webster]

5. (Naut.) 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. [1913 Webster]

6. A heavy, reverberatory sound; as, the roll of cannon, or of thunder. [1913 Webster]

7. The uniform beating of a drum with strokes so rapid as scarcely to be distinguished by the ear. [1913 Webster]

8. Part; office; duty; r[^o]le. [Obs.] --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

{Long roll} (Mil.), a prolonged roll of the drums, as the signal of an attack by the enemy, and for the troops to arrange themselves in line.

{Master of the rolls}. See under {Master}.

{Roll call}, the act, or the time, of calling over a list names, as among soldiers.

{Rolls of court}, {of parliament} (or of any public body), the parchments or rolls on which the acts and proceedings of that body are engrossed by the proper officer, and which constitute the records of such public body.

{To call the roll}, to call off or recite a list or roll of names of persons belonging to an organization, in order to ascertain who are present or to obtain responses from those present. [1913 Webster]

Syn: List; schedule; catalogue; register; inventory. See {List}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Master of the rolls — Master Mas ter (m[.a]s t[ e]r), n. [OE. maistre, maister, OF. maistre, mestre, F. ma[^i]tre, fr. L. magister, orig. a double comparative from the root of magnus great, akin to Gr. me gas. Cf. {Maestro}, {Magister}, {Magistrate}, {Magnitude},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Master of the Rolls — ist das dritthöchste Richteramt im englischen Rechtssystem. An erster Stelle steht der Lordkanzler, gefolgt vom Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. Der Master of the Rolls sitzt dem Zivilsenat des Berufungsgerichtshofs (Court of Appeal) vor …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Master of the Rolls — the most senior civil judge in the legal system in England and Wales. The Master of the Rolls is in charge of the Court of Appeal and is also a member of the Privy Council. * * * …   Universalium

  • Master of the Rolls — in England and Wales, the head of the civil division of the Court of Appeal. Collins dictionary of law. W. J. Stewart. 2001 …   Law dictionary

  • Master of the Rolls — the most important judge in the ↑Court of Appeal in England and Wales. Part of his job is to choose the judges who judge cases in this court …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Master of the Rolls — This article is part of the series: Courts of England and Wales Law of England and Wales …   Wikipedia

  • master of the rolls — Etymology: Middle English Maister of the Rolles : a high official of the British judiciary having custody of the records of the Court of Chancery and important patents and grants and serving usually as presiding judge of the Court of Appeal and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Master of the Rolls — Le Master of the Rolls (ou Keeper or Master of the Rolls and Records of the Chancery of England) est le troisième plus important juge du Royaume Uni. À ce titre, il préside la section civile de la Cour d appel. Le Master of the Rolls connu le… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Master of the Rolls — noun (in England and Wales) the judge who presides over the Court of Appeal and who was formerly in charge of the Public Record Office …   English new terms dictionary

  • Master of the Rolls — noun (in England) the judge responsible for the Public Record Office, the residing judge of the Court of Appeal …   Australian English dictionary

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