- 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.
- to cast or throw (a die or dice).
- to obtain (a specified number of pips) when casting a die or dice: If you roll two sixes, you get an extra turn.
- to rob (a sleeping or drunk victim), especially by going through the person’s pockets to find money: Bar staff had been rolling the tourists before sending them back to their hotels in taxis, and their victims never remembered a thing when they woke up.
- to mug by beating the victim unconscious and then stealing from that person: When we ran out of money, we rolled our dealer and took his stash.
- to beat up: New gang members were rolled as part of their initiation.
- a small cake of bread, originally and still often rolled or doubled on itself before baking: a dinner roll with butter.
- thin cake spread with jelly or the like and rolled up: cinnamon rolls.
- meat rolled up and cooked: cabbage rolls with ground beef and rice.
- a kind of sushi, shaped into a cone, or into a cylinder that is sliced into bite-size pieces: We ordered some sashimi and a few rolls.
- 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.
- 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 reduce (the price of a commodity, wages, etc.) to a former level, usually in response to government action.
- to restore to a previous state: The help desk suggested rolling back my computer’s operating system to eliminate the update that was causing the crashes.The laissez-faire policy would roll back some environmental regulations.
- to cause (an enemy) to retreat or withdraw.
- to arrive, especially in large numbers or quantity: When do my dividends start rolling in?
- 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 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.
- Personal Finance, 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 about 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
synonym study for roll
OTHER WORDS FROM rollroll·a·ble, adjectivere·roll, verbun·roll·a·ble, adjectivewell-rolled, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH rollrole, roll
Words nearby roll
How to use roll in a sentence
Finger-length rolls are reassuringly bundled in brown paper sleeves.Now that’s room service: What it’s like to check into a hotel just for dinner|Tom Sietsema|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
This roll out began on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, in the afternoon Pacific Time for queries in the US in English.Google goes dark theme and passage ranking sees the light: Friday’s daily brief|Barry Schwartz|February 12, 2021|Search Engine Land
Looking back through my camera roll, it’s striking how quickly, and how persistently, I tried to weasel around these orders.Six Months of Soft Food Set Me Free|Meghan McCarron|February 2, 2021|Eater
Market forces and monopolies aside, there are few other, more tangible barriers to a widespread renewable roll out.Solar power got cheap. So why aren’t we using it more?|Ula Chrobak|January 28, 2021|Popular-Science
As Google continues to expand these, I wouldn’t be surprised to see these roll out to new industries in 2021.How are local service ads impacting Google Ads accounts?|Joy Hawkins|January 26, 2021|Search Engine Land
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
Ragtime, blues, country, jazz, soul, and rock and roll were all pioneered or inspired by black artists.The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea|Amy Zimmerman|December 29, 2014|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
If those jaspers flash any part of the roll in the Territory before snowfall, I'll get them.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
While you were admiring the long roll of the wave, a sudden spray would be dashed over you, and make you catch your breath!
It reminds me of those snow-balls the boys roll up at home—the crowd gathers as it proceeds!
There a familiar sound met his ears—the roll of a drum followed by an incantation in a quavering, high-pitched voice.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
They stood outside the window and the cook passed them their coffee and a roll, which they drank and ate from the window-sill.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
British Dictionary definitions for roll
- to expel from membership
- to debar (a solicitor) from practising, usually because of dishonesty
Word Origin for roll
Other 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