Definition of roll noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rəʊl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//roʊl//
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    of paper/cloth, etc.
  1. 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. see also toilet roll
  2. of sweets/candy
  3. 2  [countable] roll (of something) (North American English) a paper tube wrapped around sweets/candy, etc. a roll of mints
  4. bread
  5. 3   (also bread roll) [countable] a small loaf of bread for one person Soup and a roll: £3.50 a chicken/cheese, etc. roll (= filled with chicken/cheese, etc.) compare bun see also sausage roll, spring roll, Swiss roll See related entries: Carbohydrates
  6. of body
  7. 4[singular] an act of rolling the body over and over The kittens were enjoying a roll in the sunshine.
  8. 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
  9. of ship/plane
  10. 6[uncountable] the act of moving from side to side so that one side is higher than the other compare pitch
  11. of fat
  12. 7[countable] an area of too much fat on your body, especially around your waist Rolls of fat hung over his belt.
  13. list of names
  14. 8[countable] an official list of names the electoral roll (= a list of all the people who can vote in an election) The chairman called/took the roll(= called out the names on a list to check that everyone was present). see also payroll
  15. sound
  16. 9[countable] roll (of something) a deep continuous sound the distant roll of thunder a drum roll
  17. of dice
  18. 10[countable] an act of rolling a dice The order of play is decided by the roll of a dice.
  19. phonetics
  20. 11 = trill
  21. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French rolle (noun), roller (verb), from Latin rotulus ‘a roll’, variant of rotula ‘little wheel’, diminutive of rota.Extra examples Eligible voters had been removed from the voting rolls. Falling rolls could lead to smaller class sizes. He did a forward roll to celebrate his goal. He should be struck off the roll of solicitors. Her name was engraved on sport’s roll of honour. I wiped up the milk with a piece of kitchen roll. My daughter’s grades improved and she made the honor roll. Staff evacuated the building and a roll call was taken outside. The appeal against the sentence is Beale’s last roll of the dice. The chairman called the roll. The dog had a good roll on the lawn. The local authority has 50 000 pupils on roll. There are 340 children on the school roll. a roll of banknotes/​carpet/​film Around 600 million toilet rolls are sold each year in the UK. Drum roll, please! Funding to the school will be reduced because of falling rolls. I was late for roll-call. Lightning flashed across the sky, immediately followed by a deep roll of thunder. She pulled a roll of mints out of her purse and offered him one. She put the new roll of film in the camera. Take five bucks, go to the bank and get a roll of dimes. There were several rolls of carpet stacked at the back of the shop. Who would appear on your personal roll of honour? You can check that you are on the electoral roll by calling this number. a roll of dimes/​mintsIdioms (informal) to be experiencing a period of success at what you are doing Don't stop me now—I'm on a roll! (informal) an act of having sex with somebody
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