American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A steep, sharply curving elevated railway with small open passenger cars that is operated at high speeds as a ride, especially in an amusement park.
- n. An action, event, or experience marked by abrupt, extreme changes in circumstance, quality, or behavior: "the demographic roller coaster caused by the baby boom” ( American Demographics).
- n. alternative spelling of rollercoaster.
GNU Webster's 1913
- An amusement railroad of varying design in which open cars coast by gravity over a long winding track in a closed circuit, with steep pitches and ascents, and in some cases loops in which the cars are briefly upside-down; typically, the cars are pulled by a chain device to the top of the first peak, after which gravity and momentum provide the only propulsive forces. In some cases, the cars are suspended from a monorail rather than resting on a track, and such cars may be made to swing outward at an angle near to the horizontal. It is a popular amusement at many amusement parks, but is sufficiently frightening to some people that they refuse to ride in one.
- n. elevated railway in an amusement park (usually with sharp curves and steep inclines)
- n. anything characterized by abrupt and extreme changes (especially up and down)
“Ride the triple upside-down loop-d-loop roller coaster with their granddaughter.”
“Groupies, with their flashy selves and wide-eyed willingness to please, were like the perfect theme park roller coaster where the lines were short and the rides were free.”
“It was a daily roller coaster of emotionsfrom fear to frustration to exhilaration or despair, depending on how my practice or performance went.”
“Her rheumatologist worried about the ramifications of having her on a roller coaster of prednisone and decided to try Imuran, a chemotherapy medication that suppresses the immune system in general, which he and Joy had been hoping to avoid since it carries with it a heightened risk of lymphoma and leukemia.”
“Every few minutes there would be a roar and screams from the few riders as the roller coaster took its steepest plunge.”
“After riding a roller coaster with the falling yen, diving NASDAQ, soaring college tuition, skyrocketing nursing home bills, and the amicable-turned-bitter divorce that wipes us out, we discover we can’t buy control either.”
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