[ roh-ling ]
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  1. the action, motion, or sound of anything that rolls.

  1. moving by revolving or turning over and over.

  2. rising and falling in gentle slopes, as land: rolling hills.

  1. moving in undulating billows, as clouds or waves: Jessica felt a peace steal over her as she watched the rolling waves.

  2. rocking or swaying from side to side: The rolling movement of the train car lulled most of the passengers to sleep.

  3. turning or folding over, as a collar.

  4. producing a deep, continuous sound: rolling thunder.

  5. steadily moving onward in a series of stages: a rolling program of renovations.

Idioms about rolling

  1. rolling in (something), luxuriating or abounding in (something, especially money): As a nonprofit, the Tandy Academy of Music is not exactly rolling in cash.

  2. 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 .

Origin of rolling

First recorded in 1400–50; Late Middle English; see roll, -ing1, -ing2

Other words from rolling

  • roll·ing·ly, adverb

Words Nearby rolling Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rolling in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rolling


/ (ˈrəʊlɪŋ) /

  1. having gentle rising and falling slopes; undulating: rolling country

  2. 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

  1. subject to regular review and updating: a rolling plan for overseas development

  2. deeply resounding; reverberating: rolling thunder

  3. slang extremely rich

  4. that may be turned up or down: a rolling hat brim

  1. slang swaying or staggering (in the phrase rolling drunk)

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