(noun, verb)


1. rotary motion of an object around its own axis

Definition categories: event, gyration, revolution, rotation

2. a list of names

- his name was struck off the rolls

Similar word(s): roster

Definition categories: communication, list, listing

3. a long heavy sea wave as it advances towards the shore

Similar word(s): roller

Definition categories: event, wave

4. photographic film rolled up inside a container to protect it from light

Definition categories: man–made, film

5. a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)

Similar word(s): coil, curl, curlicue, gyre, ringlet, scroll, whorl

Definition categories: shape

6. a roll of currency notes (often taken as the resources of a person or business etc.)

- he shot his roll on a bob-tailed nag

Similar word(s): bankroll

Definition categories: possession, finances, funds

7. small rounded bread either plain or sweet

Similar word(s): bun

Definition categories: food, bread, breadstuff

8. a deep prolonged sound (as of thunder or large bells)

Similar word(s): peal, pealing, rolling

Definition categories: event, sound

9. the sound of a drum (especially a snare drum) beaten rapidly and continuously

Similar word(s): paradiddle

Definition categories: event, sound

10. a document that can be rolled up (as for storage)

Similar word(s): scroll

Definition categories: communication, holograph, manuscript

11. anything rolled up in cylindrical form

Definition categories: man–made, cylinder

12. the act of throwing dice

Similar word(s): cast

Definition categories: act, throw

13. walking with a swaying gait

Definition categories: act, gait

14. a flight maneuver; aircraft rotates about its longitudinal axis without changing direction or losing altitude

Definition categories: act

15. the act of rolling something (as the ball in bowling)

Similar word(s): bowl

Definition categories: act, actuation, propulsion

Sentences with roll as a noun:

- the roll of a ball

- Look at the roll of the waves.

- to pass rails through the rolls

- a roll of fat, of wool, paper, cloth, etc.

- a roll of carpeting; a roll of ribbon

- Hear the roll of cannon.

- Hear the roll of thunder.

- Calculate the roll of that aircraft.

- Make your roll.

- Whoever gets the highest roll moves first.

- He is on a roll tonight.


1. move by turning over or rotating

- The child rolled down the hill

Definition categories: motion, turn

2. move along on or as if on wheels or a wheeled vehicle

- The President's convoy rolled past the crowds

Similar word(s): wheel

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel

3. occur in soft rounded shapes

- The hills rolled past

Similar word(s): undulate

Definition categories: stative

4. flatten or spread with a roller

- roll out the paper

Definition categories: contact, flatten

5. emit, produce, or utter with a deep prolonged reverberating sound

- The thunder rolled

- rolling drums

Definition categories: perception, go, sound

6. arrange or or coil around

- roll your hair around your finger

Similar word(s): twine, wind, wrap

Definition categories: contact, displace, move

7. begin operating or running

- The cameras were rolling

- The presses are already rolling

Definition categories: contact, function, go, operate, run, work

8. shape by rolling

- roll a cigarette

Definition categories: change, form, shape

9. execute a roll, in tumbling

- The gymnasts rolled and jumped

Definition categories: body, tumble

10. sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity

Similar word(s): hustle, pluck

Definition categories: possession, rip, steal

11. move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion

- the waves rolled towards the beach

Similar word(s): flap, undulate, wave

Definition categories: motion, move

12. move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment

- They rolled from town to town

Similar word(s): cast, drift, ramble, range, roam, rove, stray, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel

13. move, rock, or sway from side to side

- The ship rolled on the heavy seas

Definition categories: motion, rock, shake, sway

14. cause to move by turning over or in a circular manner of as if on an axis

- She rolled the ball

- They rolled their eyes at his words

Similar word(s): revolve

Definition categories: motion, displace, move

15. pronounce with a roll, of the phoneme /r/

- She rolls her r's

Definition categories: communication, articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say

16. boil vigorously

- The water rolled

Similar word(s): seethe

Definition categories: change, boil, churn, moil, roil

17. take the shape of a roll or cylinder

- the carpet rolled out

- Yarn rolls well

Definition categories: change, deform

18. show certain properties when being rolled

- The carpet rolls unevenly

- dried-out tobacco rolls badly

Definition categories: change

Sentences with roll as a verb:

- To roll a wheel, a ball, or a barrel.

- To roll a sheet of paper; to roll clay or putty into a ball.

- To roll up the map for shipping.

- The cloth rolls unevenly; the snow rolls well.

- This river will roll its waters to the ocean.

- To roll forth someone's praises; to roll out sentences.

- to roll a field;

- The pastry rolls well.

- I want to get there early; let's roll.

- OK guys, we're only down by two points. Let's roll!

- I was going to kick his ass, but he wasn't worth getting all worked up over; I don't roll like that.

- If you roll doubles, you get an extra turn.

- With two dice, you're more likely to roll seven than ten.

- the hills rolled on

- I'm gonna go and roll a new shaman tonight.

- The child will roll on the floor.

- The feds rolled him by giving him a free pass for most of what he'd done.

- He rolled on those guys after being in jail two days.

- The cameras are rolling.

- The years roll on.

- The thunder rolled and the lightning flashed.