[ rohl-wey ]
/ ˈroʊlˌweɪ /


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

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

    Blazed Trail Stories|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

British Dictionary definitions for rollway


/ (ˈrəʊlˌweɪ) /


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012