from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A surface along which cylindrical objects or objects on rollers may be moved, especially a naturally or artificially inclined surface used by lumberjacks to slide logs into a waterway for transport.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An inclined slope prepared for rolling logs into a stream or into a mill
- n. A series of cylindrical metal rolls placed between two rails and spaced apart, used to convey materials along a production line.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A place prepared for rolling logs into a stream.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A natural incline (as the bank of a stream), or an inclined structure, down which heavy bodies, especially logs, are propelled by their own weight; a shoot.
- n. In lumbering, a mass of logs piled up for rolling down to or into a stream, or placed upon the ice to await spring freshets.
- n. Same as landing. 9.
It was a cellar of the oldest pattern, with no step, having an entrance on a level with the road, the same being a "rollway" wide enough to admit barrels of cider and other produce.
They got 'em pretty well cleared before the logs in the rollway got loose.
The runway or rollway on which he had arrived had folded gently back into place.
Poor Harry was killed in this rollway; he'll be buried by her side.
And Alec Tois, their rollway man, to load the timber on.
Rollway after rollway tore loose and the released logs, swept downward by the resistless push of the current, climbed one upon another and lodged.
Other men came -- the ones who had fled from the rollway, their curiosity conquering their fear at the sight of the dead man.
Upon leaving the office, the boss headed straight for the rollway, and the mere holding his direction taxed his brain to the exclusion of all other thoughts.
In his daily excursions to the bird's-eye rollway he never took the same route twice, but skulked, peering fearfully about in the underbrush, avoiding even the game trails.
All night they piled fuel upon the fire, and in the morning their efforts were rewarded by a pile of ashes that would easily be mistaken for the ruins of the bird's-eye rollway.
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