from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A reciprocating rotary motion about a fore-and-aft axis, more or less irregular, as of a ship at sea.
  • noun Ornamenting, by means of a bookbinders' roll, the edges or inner covers of a full-bound book.
  • noun Smoothing or polishing paper by means of calendering rollers.
  • noun A method of taking trout.
  • noun Same as roll, 5.
  • noun A twist or partial knot by which the thread is secured to the bobbin in lace-making.

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

  • adjective Rotating on an axis, or moving along a surface by rotation; turning over and over as if on an axis or a pivot.
  • adjective Moving on wheels or rollers, or as if on wheels or rollers.
  • adjective U.S. Having gradual, rounded undulations of surface.
  • adjective See the Note under Drawbridge.
  • adjective the circle described by the point whose velocity equals the velocity of the ship.
  • adjective (Mil.) a discharge of firearms by soldiers in line, in quick succession, and in the order in which they stand.
  • adjective that resistance to motion experienced by one body rolling upon another which arises from the roughness or other quality of the surfaces in contact.
  • adjective a mill furnished with heavy rolls, between which heated metal is passed, to form it into sheets, rails, etc.
  • adjective A printing press with a roller, used in copperplate printing.
  • adjective the locomotives and vehicles of a railway.
  • adjective (Naut.) tackle used to steady the yards when the ship rolls heavily.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of roll.

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

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


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    July 7, 2008