a place on which things are rolled or moved on rollers.
  1. an incline for rolling or sliding logs into a stream to begin them on their journey from lumber camp to mill.
  2. a pile of logs in or at the side of a river or stream ready to go to the mill.

Origin of rollway

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; roll + way1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rollway

Historical Examples of rollway

  • At the end of the rollway the log collided with other logs and stopped with the impact of one bowling ball against another.

    The Blazed Trail

    Stewart Edward White

  • "Why, we hain't sorted out more'n a million feet of his logs," cried Rollway Charlie.

    The Riverman

    Stewart Edward White

  • Other men came—the ones who had fled from the rollway, their curiosity conquering their fear at the sight of the dead man.

    The Promise

    James B. Hendryx

  • The men congratulated him on his victory over the other teamster, Rollway Charley.

    Blazed Trail Stories

    Stewart Edward White

British Dictionary definitions for rollway



an incline down which logs are rolled for transportation
a series of rollers laid parallel to each other, over which heavy loads may be moved
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