Roiling
Roil Roil, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Roiled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Roiling}.] [Cf. OE. roilen to wander; possibly fr. OF. roeler to roll, equiv. to F. rouler. See {Roll}, v., and cf. {Rile}.] 1. To render turbid by stirring up the dregs or sediment of; as, to roil wine, cider, etc., in casks or bottles; to roil a spring. [1913 Webster]

2. To disturb, as the temper; to ruffle the temper of; to rouse the passion of resentment in; to perplex. [1913 Webster]

That his friends should believe it, was what roiled him [Judge Jeffreys] exceedingly. --R. North. [1913 Webster]

Note: Provincial in England and colloquial in the United States. A commoner, but less approved, form is rile. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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