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noun
a small gravity railroad, especially in an amusement park, having a train with open cars that moves along a high, sharply winding trestle built with steep inclines that produce sudden, speedy plunges for thrill-seeking passengers.
a car or train of cars for such a railroad.
any phenomenon, period, or experience of persistent or violent ups and downs, as one fluctuating between prosperity and recession or elation and despair.
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Origin of roller coaster

First recorded in 1885–90

Other definitions for roller coaster (2 of 2)

roller-coaster
[ roh-ler-koh-ster, roh-li- ]
/ ˈroʊ lərˌkoʊ stər, ˈroʊ lɪ- /

verb (used without object)
to go up and down like a roller coaster; rise and fall: a narrow road roller-coastering around the mountain; a light boat roller-coastering over the waves.
to experience a period of prosperity, happiness, security, or the like, followed by a contrasting period of economic depression, despair, or the like: The economy was roller-coastering throughout most of the decade.
adjective
of, relating to, or characteristic of a roller coaster.
resembling the progress of a ride on a roller coaster in sudden extreme changeableness.

Origin of roller-coaster

First recorded in 1960–65
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British Dictionary definitions for roller coaster

roller coaster

noun
another term for big dipper
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