Roll Roll, v. i. 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

And her foot, look you, is fixed upon a spherical stone, which rolls, and rolls, and rolls. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To move on wheels; as, the carriage rolls along the street. ``The rolling chair.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To be wound or formed into a cylinder or ball; as, the cloth rolls unevenly; the snow rolls well. [1913 Webster]

4. To fall or tumble; -- with over; as, a stream rolls over a precipice. [1913 Webster]

5. To perform a periodical revolution; to move onward as with a revolution; as, the rolling year; ages roll away. [1913 Webster]

6. To turn; to move circularly. [1913 Webster]

And his red eyeballs roll with living fire. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

7. To move, as waves or billows, with alternate swell and depression. [1913 Webster]

What different sorrows did within thee roll. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

8. 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. [1913 Webster]

Twice ten tempestuous nights I rolled. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

9. To turn over, or from side to side, while lying down; to wallow; as, a horse rolls. [1913 Webster]

10. To spread under a roller or rolling-pin; as, the paste rolls well. [1913 Webster]

11. To beat a drum with strokes so rapid that they can scarcely be distinguished by the ear. [1913 Webster]

12. To make a loud or heavy rumbling noise; as, the thunder rolls. [1913 Webster]

{To roll about}, to gad abroad. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Man shall not suffer his wife go roll about. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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