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  • v. Present participle of roll.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Rotating on an axis, or moving along a surface by rotation; turning over and over as if on an axis or a pivot.
  • adj. Moving on wheels or rollers, or as if on wheels or rollers.
  • adj. Having gradual, rounded undulations of surface.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A reciprocating rotary motion about a fore-and-aft axis, more or less irregular, as of a ship at sea.
  • n. Ornamenting, by means of a bookbinders' roll, the edges or inner covers of a full-bound book.
  • n. Smoothing or polishing paper by means of calendering rollers.
  • n. A method of taking trout.
  • n. Same as roll, 5.
  • n. A twist or partial knot by which the thread is secured to the bobbin in lace-making.
  • Moving on wheels, or as if on wheels.
  • Making a continuous noise resembling the roll of a drum: as, a rolling fire of musketry.
  • Wavy; undulating; rising and falling in gentle slopes.
  • Turned over or down with the effect of a roll, or that may be so turned down.
  • n. In tea manufacture, in China and elsewhere, the operation of pressing the withered leaf, by an arduous manipulation (in modernized practice by machinery). The object is to burst the cells to promote oxidation (in black tea: see under tea) and to render the extractive matter subject to infusion. The curling or twisting of the leaf results incidentally.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. propelling something on wheels
  • adj. uttered with a trill
  • n. the act of robbing a helpless person
  • n. a deep prolonged sound (as of thunder or large bells)


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  • He proposes now again what he calls rolling back some of the tax cut that's raising taxes.

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    CNN Transcript - Special Event: Republicans Open Their National Convention - July 31, 2000

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  • This means that the film is running in the camera. See also turning and speed.

    July 7, 2008