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roll

verb uk   /rəʊl/ us    /roʊl/

roll verb (MOVE)

B2 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to (cause something to) move somewhere by turning over and over or from side to side: The vase rolled off the edge of the table and smashed. The dog rolled over onto its back. I rolled the wheel along the side of the road back to the car. B2 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to move somewhere easily and without sudden movements: A tear rolled down his cheek. A wave of cigarette smoke rolled towards me. The piano's on wheels, so we can roll it into the room. [I] If an aircraft or a ship rolls, it leans to one side and then to the other because of the wind or waves. [I] If a machine is rolling, it is operating: Just as the television cameras started rolling, it began to pour down with rain. C2 [T] If you roll your eyes, you move them so that you are looking up, to show that you consider someone or something stupid or silly: When he suggested they should buy a new car, she rolled her eyes in disbelief.

roll verb (TURN OVER)

B1 [T usually + adv/prep] to (cause something to) turn over onto itself to form the shape of a ball or a tube: He rolled the clay into a ball in his hands. As I got closer, the hedgehog rolled itself (up) into a ball. [T] to make a cigarette by wrapping a piece of paper around some tobacco [I or T, + adv/prep] to fold over a piece of clothing or material to make it shorter: We rolled back the carpet to see the floorboards.

roll verb (SMOOTH)

[T] to make something smooth and flat: [+ obj + adj ] She borrowed a garden roller to roll the grass flat. When you have rolled (out) the pastry, place it in a pie dish.

roll verb (SOUND)

[I] to make a continuous, repeated, deep sound: The drums rolled as the acrobat walked along the tightrope. [T] If you roll your r's, you pronounce them with your tongue moving quickly and repeatedly against the top of the mouth: The Italians roll their r's.

roll

noun uk   /rəʊl/ us    /roʊl/

roll noun (TUBE)

B2 [C] a piece of film, paper, or cloth that is rolled into the shape of a tube: a roll of carpet a toilet roll (= a roll of toilet paper) [C] If a person or animal has rolls of fat on their body, he, she, or it is very fat: The dog had rolls of fat along its neck.

roll noun (BREAD)

B1 [C] (also bread roll) a small loaf of bread for one person: Would you like a roll and butter with your soup?UK I bought a cheese roll (US cheese on a roll) (= a small piece of bread filled with cheese) for lunch.

roll noun (LIST)

[C] an official list of names: Is your name on the electoral roll (= the list of people who can vote)? take/call the roll mainly US If you take/call the roll, you read aloud the names of all the people on the list to make certain that they are present: The teacher called the roll to see if any students were absent.

roll noun (MOVEMENT)

[C] an act of rolling on the ground: The dog went for a roll in the grass. a roll in the hay humorous sexual activity that is quick and enjoyable and does not involve serious feelings: I wouldn't sacrifice my marriage for a roll in the hay with a waitress. [U] The roll of a ship or aircraft is its movement from side to side in the water or air.

roll noun (SOUND)

[C usually singular] a continuous repeated deep sound: a drum roll a deafening roll of thunder
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