- a flexible, sliding cover for the working area of a desk, opening by rising upward and back in quadrantal grooves and rolling up beneath the top.
- Also called roll-top desk, rolltop desk. a desk with such a cover.
Origin of roll top
An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for roll top
A roll-top desk in the corner and three chairs were the furniture.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
With his back to Carl, the dean was writing at a roll-top desk.The Trail of the Hawk
On the roll-top of his desk he kept a letter spread out in front of him.Sally of Missouri
R. E. Young
A man was seated in a swivel chair before the roll-top desk.Find the Woman
Arthur Somers Roche
Over the roll-top desk was the only electric light that was switched on.A Sub and a Submarine
Percy F. Westerman