- 1[countable] roll (of something) a long piece of paper, cloth, film, etc. that has been wrapped around itself or a tube several times so that it forms the shape of a tube a roll of film Wallpaper is sold in rolls. of candy, etc.
- 2 [countable] roll (of something) a paper tube wrapped around candy, etc. a roll of mints bread
- 3 [countable] a small loaf of bread for one person Soup and a roll: $4.50 compare bun see also jelly roll, spring roll of body
- 4[singular] an act of rolling the body over and over The kittens were enjoying a roll in the sunshine.
- 5[countable] a physical exercise in which you roll your body on the ground, moving your back and legs over your head a forward/backward roll of ship/plane
- 6[uncountable] the act of moving from side to side so that one side is higher than the other compare pitch (8) of fat
- 7[countable] an area of too much fat on your body, especially around your waist Rolls of fat hung over his belt. list of names
- 8 [countable] an official list of names The chairman called/took the roll (= called out the names on a list to check that everyone was present). the voter rolls (= a list of all the people who can vote in an election) see also payroll sound
- 9[countable] roll (of something) a deep continuous sound the distant roll of thunder a drum roll of dice
- 10[countable] an act of rolling a die The order of play is decided by the roll of a die. phonetics
- 11[countable] = trill Idioms
of paper/cloth, etc.
nounjump to other results
to be experiencing a period of success at what you are doing Don't stop me now—I'm on a roll!
be on a roll (informal)jump to other results
an act of having sex with someone
a roll in the hay (informal)jump to other results