Roller skate
Roller Roll"er, n. 1. One who, or that which, rolls; especially, a cylinder, sometimes grooved, of wood, stone, metal, etc., used in husbandry and the arts. [1913 Webster]

2. A bandage; a fillet; properly, a long and broad bandage used in surgery. [1913 Webster]

3. (Naut.) One of series of long, heavy waves which roll in upon a coast, sometimes in calm weather. [1913 Webster]

4. A long, belt-formed towel, to be suspended on a rolling cylinder; -- called also {roller towel}. [1913 Webster]

5. (Print.) A cylinder coated with a composition made principally of glue and molassess, with which forms of type are inked previously to taking an impression from them. --W. Savage. [1913 Webster]

6. A long cylinder on which something is rolled up; as, the roller of a map. [1913 Webster]

7. A small wheel, as of a caster, a roller skate, etc. [1913 Webster]

8. (Zo["o]l.) ANy insect whose larva rolls up leaves; a leaf roller. see {Tortrix}. [1913 Webster]

9. [CF. F. rollier.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of Old World picarian birds of the family {Coraciad[ae]}. The name alludes to their habit of suddenly turning over or ``tumbling'' in flight. [1913 Webster]

Note: Many of the species are brilliantly colored. The common European species ({Coracias garrula}) has the head, neck, and under parts light blue varied with green, the scapulars chestnut brown, and the tail blue, green, and black. The broad-billed rollers of India and Africa belong to the genus {Eurystomus}, as the oriental roller ({Eurystomus orientalis}), and the Australian roller, or dollar bird ({Eurystomus Pacificus}). The latter is dark brown on the head and neck, sea green on the back, and bright blue on the throat, base of the tail, and parts of the wings. It has a silvery-white spot on the middle of each wing. The {lilac-breasted roller} of Africa is {Corcia caudata} caudata, a brightly colored bird of the family {Corciidae} having malachite green, blue, purple-lilac, brown and sea-green feathers from head to tail; it is a popular sight with tourists in Africa. [1913 Webster +PJC]

10. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of small ground snakes of the family {Tortricid[ae]}. [1913 Webster]

{Ground roller} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of Madagascar rollers belonging to {Atelornis} and allied genera. They are nocturnal birds, and feed on the ground.

{Roller bolt}, the bar in a carriage to which the traces are attached; a whiffletree. [Eng.]

{Roller gin}, a cotton gin inn which rolls are used for separating the seeds from the fiber.

{Roller mill}. See under {Mill}.

{Roller skate}, a skate which has small wheels in the place of the metallic runner; -- designed for use in skating upon a smooth, hard surface, other than ice. [1913 Webster]


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  • roller-skate — roller skates, roller skating, roller skated also roller skate 1) N COUNT: usu pl Roller skates are shoes with four small wheels on the bottom. A boy of about ten came up on roller skates. 2) VERB If you roller skate, you move over a flat surface …   English dictionary

  • roller skate — ☆ roller skate n. SKATE1 (sense 2) roller skate vi. roller skated, roller skating roller skater n …   English World dictionary

  • Roller skate — Roll er skate 1. a shoe with a set of wheels attached so that the wearer can glide over a flat surface. To move on such a device is reverred to as to skate or to rollerskate. To rollerskate is a form of recreation or sport. [PJC] 2. a metal frame …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Roller skate — Skate Skate (sk[=a]t), n. [D. schaats. Cf. {Scatches}.] A metallic runner with a frame shaped to fit the sole of a shoe, made to be fastened under the foot, and used for moving rapidly on ice. [1913 Webster] Batavia rushes forth; and as they… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • roller skate — n a special boot with four wheels fixed under it, used for ↑skating on hard surfaces >roller skate v >roller skating[i] n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • roller skate — roller ,skate noun count a boot with four small wheels on the bottom used for moving quickly along, especially for fun or as a sport ╾ roller ,skate verb intransitive ╾ roller ,skating noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • roller-skate — roller skater. rollerskater, n. /roh leuhr skayt /, v.i., roller skated, roller skating. to glide about by means of roller skates. Also, rollerskate. [1870 75; v. use of ROLLER SKATE] * * * …   Universalium

  • roller skate — ► NOUN ▪ each of a pair of boots or metal frames fitted to shoes, having four or more small wheels and used for gliding across a hard surface. DERIVATIVES roller skater noun roller skating noun …   English terms dictionary

  • roller skate — I noun a shoe with pairs of rollers fixed to the sole (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑skate • Part Meronyms: ↑roller II verb travel on shoes with steel or rubber rollers attached to their soles …   Useful english dictionary

  • roller skate — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms roller skate : singular roller skate plural roller skates a boot with four small wheels on the bottom used for moving quickly along, especially for fun or as a sport Derived words: roller skate UK / US verb… …   English dictionary

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