- a person or thing that rolls.
- a cylinder, wheel, caster, or the like, upon which something is rolled along.
- a cylindrical body, revolving on a fixed axis, especially one to facilitate the movement of something passed over or around it.
- a cylindrical object upon which something is rolled up: the roller of a window shade.
- a hollow, cylindrical object of plastic, stiff net, or the like, upon which hair is rolled up for setting.
- a cylindrical body for rolling over something to be spread out, leveled, crushed, smoothed, compacted, impressed, inked, etc.
- any of various other revolving cylindrical bodies, as the barrel of a music box.
- Metalworking. a person in charge of a rolling mill.
- a long, swelling wave advancing steadily.
- a rolled bandage.
Origin of roller1
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Examples from the Web for roller
They're made to make a lot of money and to get teenagers in a kind of experience, a roller coaster ride.‘The Babadook’ Is the Best (and Most Sincere) Horror Movie of the Year
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My seven-year-old son still can't go on all the roller coasters he wants, because he is a few inches too short.9-Year Old With an Uzi? America Is Tougher on Toys Than Guns
August 28, 2014
His cadence is a steady beat rather than a roller coaster, and his words sparing and simple.What Would You Do if the World Was Over?
August 5, 2014
Other times a chorus on roller skates sings about a toy train set.The Weirdest Tony Award Performances Ever (VIDEO)
June 7, 2014
Well, that time has now come thanks to Fish on Wheels—a roller aquarium that lets fish drive.Fish on Wheels, Digital Pet Babysitters, and More of the Summer’s Best Kickstarters
May 29, 2014
Such is said to have been the origin of roller printing on calico.Self-Help
She swung sideways on a roller, and gesticulated with her jib-boom from port to starboard.
He was named in meeting; the name tossed from roller to roller.
A roller broke over the boat, and left a foot of water in the bottom.Left on the Labrador
The cloth is dyed by means of passing over a roller into a dye vat.Textiles
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- a cylinder having an absorbent surface and a handle, used for spreading paint
- Also called: garden roller a heavy cast-iron cylinder or pair of cylinders on an axle to which a handle is attached; used for flattening lawns
- a long heavy wave of the sea, advancing towards the shoreCompare breaker 1 (def. 2)
- a hardened cylinder of precision-ground steel that forms one of the rolling components of a roller bearing or of a linked driving chain
- a cylinder fitted on pivots, used to enable heavy objects to be easily moved; castor
- printing a cylinder, usually of hard rubber, used to ink a forme or plate before impression
- a cylindrical tube or barrel onto which material is rolled for transport or storage
- any of various other cylindrical devices that rotate about a cylinder, used for any of various purposes
- a small cylinder, esp one that is heated, onto which a woman's hair may be rolled to make it curl
- med a bandage consisting of a long strip of muslin or cheesecloth rolled tightly into a cylindrical form before application
- a band fastened around a horse's belly to keep a blanket in position
- any of various Old World birds of the family Coraciidae, such as Coracias garrulus (European roller), that have a blue, green, and brown plumage, a slightly hooked bill, and an erratic flight: order Coraciiformes (kingfishers, etc)
- (often capital) a variety of tumbler pigeon that performs characteristic backward somersaults in flight
- a breed of canary that has a soft trilling song in which the notes are run together
- a person or thing that rolls
- Australian a man who rolls and trims fleeces after shearing
- short for roadroller, steamroller
- short for roller caption
Word Origin and History for roller
late 13c., "thing that rolls;" early 15c., "rolling pin," agent noun from roll (v.). Meaning "hair-curler" is attested from 1795. Roller derby is from 1936 (see derby); roller hockey from 1926. Disparaging religious term holy roller is attested from 1842, American English, from the alleged rolling in the church aisles done by those in the Spirit.