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/ rEUl; rol/ n 1 (a) cylinder made by turning flexible material over and over on itself without folding it : Wallpaper is bought in rolls. . * a roll of carpet, film, cloth . (b) person or thing with this shape : a man with rolls of fat around his stomach . 2 (a) small individual portion of bread baked in a rounded shape : Six brown rolls, please. . =>illus at bread bread. Cf bun 1. (b) (with a preceding n or ns ) one of these containing the stated filling : a ham roll * a bacon and tomato roll . 3 swaying movement; action of turning (over) from side to side ; ; : The slow, steady roll of the ship made us feel sick., . * walk with a nautical roll, ie like a sailor * a horse enjoying a roll in the grass . Cf pitch3 6. 4 official list or register, esp of names ; ; , : the electoral roll, ie the list of people eligible to vote in an election * call/read the roll in school, class, etc, ie read aloud a list of names to check whether everyone is present .... 5 long steady vibrating sound : A `drum roll preceded the most dangerous part of the performance. . * the distant roll of thunder . 6 (US infml ) (Brit `bankroll) wad of paper money .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:42:16
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roll
/ rEUl; rol/ v 1 [Ipr, Ip, Tn.pr, Tn.p] (cause sth to) move on wheels or rollers or by turning (over and over) : The ball rolled down the hill. . * The hoop rolled along the pavement. . * The coin fell and rolled away. . * men rolling barrels across a yard * Roll it over and look at the other side. . 2 [I, Ipr, Ip, Tn, Tn.pr, Tn.p] (cause sth to) turn on an axis, over and over or round and round , , : a porpoise rolling in the water * His eyes rolled strangely/He rolled his eyes strangely. , [, ]. * rolling a pencil between his fingers . 3 [Ipr, Ip, Tn, Tn.pr, Tn.p, Dn.n] ~ (sth) (up) make (sth) or be made into the shape of a ball or cylinder; fold (sth) over on itself ; : The hedgehog rolled up into a spiky ball.  . * I always roll my own (cigarettes). . * roll string, wool, etc (up) into a ball * roll up a carpet, a map, a towel * He rolled himself a cigarette. . Cf unroll. 4 [Tn, Tn.pr] wrap or cover (sb/sth) in sth []: He rolled himself (up) in his blanket. . * roll the sausages in batter . 5 [Tn, Tn.pr, Tn.p, Cn.a] flatten (sth) with a roller(1)  ; : roll a lawn * roll out the dough   * roll the ground flat . 6 (a) [I, Ipr, Ip, Tn, Tn.pr, Tn.p] (cause sb/sth to) sway or rock (from side to side) []: The ship was rolling heavily to and fro. . * walk with a rolling gait * The huge waves rolled the ship from side to side. . Cf pitch2 4. (b) [I, Ipr] sway or rock helplessly : rolling with laughter * rolling drunk . 7 [I, Ipr, Ip] (appear to) rise and fall; undulate ; ; : rolling hills * waves rolling in to the beach . 8 [I] make a long continuous vibrating sound : The thunder rolled. . * rolling drums . 9 [I, Tn] (infml ) (cause film cameras to) begin working , : Let them roll!/Roll 'em! ! 10 [Tn] (US infml ) rob (esp sb drunk or asleep) , . 11 (idm ) be `rolling (in money/it/cash) (sl ) have lots (of money) : What do you mean, he can't afford it? He's absolutely rolling (in money)! , ? ! heads will roll => head1. keep/start the ball rolling => ball1. rolled into `one combined in one person or thing ; : He's an artist, a scientist and a shrewd businessman (all) rolled into one. , , . ,rolling in the `aisles much amused; helpless with laughter ; : The comedian soon had them rolling in the aisles. . roll one's `r's pronounce the sound of the letter `r' with vibration of the tongue against the palate r. roll `up! roll `up! (used to invite passers-by to join an audience, etc ). roll up one's `sleeves (fig ) prepare to work or fight . 12 (phr v) roll sth back (a) turn or force back (eg enemy forces) . (b) (esp US) reduce (prices, etc) : roll back inflation . roll in (infml ) (a) arrive in great numbers or quantities ; : Offers of help are still rolling in. . (b) arrive casually : She rolled in for work twenty minutes late. , . roll (sth) on (a) apply, spread, etc (sth) by rolling ...: This paint is easy to roll on/rolls on easily. . (b) (of time) pass steadily : The years rolled on. . (c) (used in the imperative ) come soon : Roll on the holidays! ! roll up (infml ) (of a person or vehicle) arrive : Bill finally rolled up two hours late. , .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:42:16
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/ rEUl; rol/ v 1 [Ipr, Ip, Tn.pr, Tn.p] (cause sth to) move on wheels or rollers or by turning (over and over) : The ball rolled down the hill. . * The hoop rolled along the pavement. . * The coin fell and rolled away. . * men rolling barrels across a yard * Roll it over and look at the other side. . 2 [I, Ipr, Ip, Tn, Tn.pr, Tn.p] (cause sth to) turn on an axis, over and over or round and round , , : a porpoise rolling in the water * His eyes rolled strangely/He rolled his eyes strangely. , [, ]. * rolling a pencil between his fingers . 3 [Ipr, Ip, Tn, Tn.pr, Tn.p, Dn.n] ~ (sth) (up) make (sth) or be made into the shape of a ball or cylinder; fold (sth) over on itself ; : The hedgehog rolled up into a spiky ball.  . * I always roll my own (cigarettes). . * roll string, wool, etc (up) into a ball * roll up a carpet, a map, a towel * He rolled himself a cigarette. . Cf unroll. 4 [Tn, Tn.pr] wrap or cover (sb/sth) in sth []: He rolled himself (up) in his blanket. . * roll the sausages in batter . 5 [Tn, Tn.pr, Tn.p, Cn.a] flatten (sth) with a roller(1)  ; : roll a lawn * roll out the dough   * roll the ground flat . 6 (a) [I, Ipr, Ip, Tn, Tn.pr, Tn.p] (cause sb/sth to) sway or rock (from side to side) []: The ship was rolling heavily to and fro. . * walk with a rolling gait * The huge waves rolled the ship from side to side. . Cf pitch2 4. (b) [I, Ipr] sway or rock helplessly : rolling with laughter * rolling drunk . 7 [I, Ipr, Ip] (appear to) rise and fall; undulate ; ; : rolling hills * waves rolling in to the beach . 8 [I] make a long continuous vibrating sound : The thunder rolled. . * rolling drums . 9 [I, Tn] (infml ) (cause film cameras to) begin working , : Let them roll!/Roll 'em! ! 10 [Tn] (US infml ) rob (esp sb drunk or asleep) , . 11 (idm ) be `rolling (in money/it/cash) (sl ) have lots (of money) : What do you mean, he can't afford it? He's absolutely rolling (in money)! , ? ! heads will roll => head1. keep/start the ball rolling => ball1. rolled into `one combined in one person or thing ; : He's an artist, a scientist and a shrewd businessman (all) rolled into one. , , . ,rolling in the `aisles much amused; helpless with laughter ; : The comedian soon had them rolling in the aisles. . roll one's `r's pronounce the sound of the letter `r' with vibration of the tongue against the palate r. roll `up! roll `up! (used to invite passers-by to join an audience, etc ). roll up one's `sleeves (fig ) prepare to work or fight . 12 (phr v) roll sth back (a) turn or force back (eg enemy forces) . (b) (esp US) reduce (prices, etc) : roll back inflation . roll in (infml ) (a) arrive in great numbers or quantities ; : Offers of help are still rolling in. . (b) arrive casually : She rolled in for work twenty minutes late. , . roll (sth) on (a) apply, spread, etc (sth) by rolling ...: This paint is easy to roll on/rolls on easily. . (b) (of time) pass steadily : The years rolled on. . (c) (used in the imperative ) come soon : Roll on the holidays! ! roll up (infml ) (of a person or vehicle) arrive : Bill finally rolled up two hours late. , .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:42:16

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