from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a list of persons killed in a war or other disaster.

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  • noun a list of persons killed in a war or other disaster


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  • I had now on the death-roll three brigade commanders, and the loss of subordinate officers and men was appalling, but their sacrifice had accomplished the desired result; they had not fallen in vain.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

  • The death-roll, including those who fell in the second fight and the final flight, must have numbered two hundred and fifty slain, or thereabouts. 333 Such is the tale of the destruction of the Lacedaemonian mora.


  • The death-roll amounted to something like fifty hoplites of the Abydenians, and of the rest two hundred.


  • The later death-roll of revolutionaries has fewer and fewer executions in it and an increasing tale of assassinations and deaths in public conflict.

    The Shape of Things to Come

  • Portuguese and other contingents from the most unexpected quarters also contributed to that culminating death-roll, but it is impossible for us now to give exact numbers for these minor forces.

    The Shape of Things to Come

  • My reply was a death-roll, naming the five victims, and the hurts of the ten wounded.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • When we remember that one-third of all the babies born die before they reach the age of five years; and that the deaths of babies under one year of age comprise about one-fourth of the total death-roll; and that fully one-half of all these deaths are needless and unnecessary, wherein is the wisdom of working for a higher birth rate if it is merely that more may die?

    The Eugenic Marriage, Volume I. (of IV.) A Personal Guide to the New Science of Better Living and Better Babies

  • H.M.S. "Goliath" was sunk by a torpedo at the mouth of the Dardanelles at 2 a.m. to-day; 200 are said to have been saved which means a death-roll of 500 or 600.

    The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"

  • To make a long story short, I may state briefly that in the second part of the action -- the second act of a tragedy, it was for the Malays -- both the bluejackets and the men of the _Hankow Lin_ got off scot-free, not another casualty happening to swell the death-roll, or a fresh wound of any consequence being received by any of those engaged.

    The Penang Pirate and, The Lost Pinnace

  • The yearly outbreaks of the plague, with its weekly death-roll of thirty, forty, fifty, periodically compelled the summer performances to cease, and lent themselves as a powerful argument against packed gatherings of dirty and clean, infected and uninfected, together.

    The Growth of English Drama


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