- 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
How to use roll in a sentence
I really would love to continue to redefine how our culture, how Americans and the world translate what rock ’n’ roll is and its impact on our lives.Plight at the Museum|Jen Trolio|November 20, 2020|Vox
While that wasn’t the most efficient of Paul’s pick-and-roll pairings over the years, it was still quite good — and far more efficient than Ayton pick and rolls have been during his first two NBA seasons.Chris Paul Helped Blake Griffin Shine. Can He Do The Same For Deandre Ayton?|Jared Dubin|November 18, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Some dishes—like yeasted dinner rolls and pies with delicate crusts—are just not going to cook as well on a grill or fire.Your Guide to Throwing an Outdoor Thanksgiving|AC Shilton|November 17, 2020|Outside Online
Cut the roll into bite-size pieces, around three-fourths of an inch wide, and set them aside on a lightly floured baking pan.Ease into Winter with Backcountry-Approved Comfort Food|Christina Bernstein|November 12, 2020|Outside Online
If you have problems with people on the voter rolls, other issues, you need to address those problems prospectively instead of reactively.Georgia announces hand audit|Felicia Sonmez, Colby Itkowitz, John Wagner, Derek Hawkins|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
And more than anything, I wanted a souvenir for my father, so I rolled him back, and he had gold teeth.
I rolled him over to see where it came out, and there was no big hole in the back.
My ball bounced back and the rock rolled just a little bit forward.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art|Alec Kubas-Meyer|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The younger man rolled down his window to receive the approaching Williams “to see what he wanted.”Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault|M.L. Nestel|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hundreds of cops saluting as the bodies were rolled out with a full escort by highway patrol.Anger at The Cop Killer - And The Police|M.L. Nestel|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Tobacco at this period was also rolled up in the leaves of the Palm and smoked.
I cried, and shrank involuntarily, for his eyeballs rolled till only the whites showed in a way that made me shudder.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
And now I can recall that his eyes closed, and from his lips I caught a sigh, and then he rolled to the floor.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
Here Badorful rolled over upon his side, and was instantly fast asleep.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
Cabs containing couples rolled by, disappeared towards north and south, disappeared into the darkness.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
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