the action, motion, or sound of anything that rolls.
moving by revolving or turning over and over.
rising and falling in gentle slopes, as land: rolling hills.
moving in undulating billows, as clouds or waves: Jessica felt a peace steal over her as she watched the rolling waves.
rocking or swaying from side to side: The rolling movement of the train car lulled most of the passengers to sleep.
turning or folding over, as a collar.
producing a deep, continuous sound: rolling thunder.
steadily moving onward in a series of stages: a rolling program of renovations.
Idioms about rolling
rolling in (something), luxuriating or abounding in (something, especially money): As a nonprofit, the Tandy Academy of Music is not exactly rolling in cash.
rolling (in the aisles), (of an audience or audience member) convulsed with laughter: Arden had her audience in tears with one song, then rolling in the aisles with her humor.: Also in the aisles .
- roll·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use rolling in a sentence
For irregular items, sets of shoes and toys, or odds and ends, this rolling underbed cart from Whitmor is a good alternative to traditional under bed enclosures.
Last month, the state’s main grid operator ordered a series of rolling blackouts, California’s first unplanned outages in nearly two decades, as millions of air conditioners strained to keep up with blistering heat waves.
The rolling blackouts offered just a small hint of what’s likely to come in California and far beyond.Air conditioning technology is the great missed opportunity in the fight against climate change | James Temple | September 1, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Canoo has said this is intended to leverage the future potential of autonomous driving, and some of Canoo’s concept art shows the vehicle converted into something akin to a rolling lounge—with no driver.Electric-vehicle startup Canoo to go public, joining the wave of companies chasing Tesla’s success | dzanemorris | August 18, 2020 | Fortune
They could hear the noise of her pulling the rolling office chair up to the desk, and trying to climb up on the chair.5 Psychology Terms You’re Probably Misusing (Ep. 334 Rebroadcast) | Stephen J. Dubner | January 9, 2020 | Freakonomics
“Gently rolling hills” roll not-so-gently under my tires, but the English countryside scenery is soporific.
Mullins quotes Stewart from an interview with rolling Stone.David Gregory's 'Meet the Press' Eviction Exposed in Washingtonian Takedown | Lloyd Grove | December 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the same house where rolling Stone's Jackie says she was.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything | Liz Seccuro | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But after rolling Stone's rape story debacle, how much momentum does the call to ban fraternities have left?
Imagine driving through the Scottish countryside, rolling through a vast landscape of green hills and cloudy skies.
Sol laughed out of his whiskers, with a big, loose-rolling sound, and sat on the porch without waiting to be asked.The Bondboy | George W. (George Washington) Ogden
The first steam rolling mill, with the exception of the one at Soho, was put up at Bradley ironworks.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
The face of the country through this part of Ireland is moderately rolling, though some fair hills appear in the distance.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
From the 5th to the 10th of July, we had continued stormy and cold weather, with a heavy sea, and great rolling of the ship.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
Like me, he entered railway life in 1867; but, p. 69unlike me, has not been a rolling stone.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
British Dictionary definitions for rolling
having gentle rising and falling slopes; undulating: rolling country
progressing or spreading by stages or by occurrences in different places in succession, with continued or increasing effectiveness: three weeks of rolling strikes disrupted schools
subject to regular review and updating: a rolling plan for overseas development
deeply resounding; reverberating: rolling thunder
slang extremely rich
that may be turned up or down: a rolling hat brim
slang swaying or staggering (in the phrase rolling drunk)
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