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English noun: roll

1. roll (event) rotary motion of an object around its own axis

SamplesWheels in axial rotation.

Synonymsaxial motion, axial rotation

Broader (hypernym)gyration, revolution, rotation

Narrower (hyponym)wallow

2. roll (communication) a list of names

SamplesHis name was struck off the rolls.


Broader (hypernym)list, listing

Narrower (hyponym)batting order, card, church roll, death-roll, lineup, muster roll, rota, waiting list

3. roll (event) a long heavy sea wave as it advances towards the shore

Synonymsroller, rolling wave

Broader (hypernym)moving ridge, wave

4. roll (artifact) photographic film rolled up inside a container to protect it from light

Broader (hypernym)film, photographic film

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

Synonymscoil, curl, curlicue, gyre, ringlet, scroll, whorl

Broader (hypernym)round shape

Narrower (hyponym)calyx, corolla, verticil

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

SamplesHe shot his roll on a bob-tailed nag.


Broader (hypernym)cash in hand, finances, funds, monetary resource, pecuniary resource

Domain categorybusiness, business enterprise, commercial enterprise

7. roll (food) small rounded bread either plain or sweet


Broader (hypernym)bread, breadstuff, staff of life

Narrower (hyponym)bagel, beigel, brioche, clover-leaf roll, coffee roll, crescent roll, croissant, frankfurter bun, hamburger bun, hamburger roll, hard roll, hotdog bun, kaiser roll, onion roll, Parker House roll, soft roll, sweet roll, tea bread, Vienna roll

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

Synonymspeal, pealing, rolling

Broader (hypernym)sound

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

Synonymsdrum roll, paradiddle

Broader (hypernym)sound

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


Broader (hypernym)holograph, manuscript

Narrower (hyponym)Megillah, Torah

Instance hyponymDead Sea scrolls

11. roll (artifact) anything rolled up in cylindrical form

Broader (hypernym)cylinder

Narrower (hyponym)bolt, rouleau, rouleau

12. roll (act) the act of throwing dice


Broader (hypernym)throw

Narrower (hyponym)natural

Part meronymcraps

13. roll (act) walking with a swaying gait

Broader (hypernym)gait

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

Broader (hypernym)airplane maneuver, flight maneuver

Narrower (hyponym)barrel roll, snap roll

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


Broader (hypernym)actuation, propulsion

Part meronymbowling

English verb: roll

1. roll (motion) move by turning over or rotating

SamplesThe child rolled down the hill.
Turn over on your left side.

ExamplesThese balls roll easily

Synonymsturn over

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)turn

Narrower (hyponym)rim

Verb grouprevolve, roll

2. roll (motion) move along on or as if on wheels or a wheeled vehicle

SamplesThe President's convoy rolled past the crowds.

ExamplesThese cars won't roll


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)bowl, troll

3. roll (stative) occur in soft rounded shapes

SamplesThe hills rolled past.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

4. roll (contact) flatten or spread with a roller

SamplesRoll out the paper.

Synonymsroll out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)flatten

Narrower (hyponym)cog, mill

5. roll (perception) emit, produce, or utter with a deep prolonged reverberating sound

SamplesThe thunder rolled.
Rolling drums.

ExamplesCars roll in the streets , The streets roll with cars

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)go, sound

6. roll (contact) arrange or or coil around

SamplesRoll your hair around your finger.
Twine the thread around the spool.
She wrapped her arms around the child.

ExamplesThey roll the wire around the stick, The wires roll around the stick

Synonymstwine, wind, wrap

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)ball, clew, clue, coil, curl, loop, reel, spool

Antonymsunroll, unwind, wind off

7. roll (contact) begin operating or running

SamplesThe cameras were rolling.
The presses are already rolling.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)function, go, operate, run, work

8. roll (change) shape by rolling

SamplesRoll a cigarette.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)form, shape

9. roll (body) execute a roll, in tumbling

SamplesThe gymnasts rolled and jumped.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)tumble

10. roll (possession) sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity

Synonymshustle, pluck

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody

Broader (hypernym)steal

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

SamplesThe curtains undulated.
The waves rolled towards the beach.

Synonymsflap, undulate, wave

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)luff

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

SamplesThe gypsies roamed the woods.
Roving vagabonds.
The wandering Jew.
The cattle roam across the prairie.
The laborers drift from one town to the next.
They rolled from town to town.

Synonymscast, drift, ramble, range, roam, rove, stray, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)gad, gallivant, jazz around, maunder

Verb groupdrift, err, stray, wander

13. roll (motion) move, rock, or sway from side to side

SamplesThe ship rolled on the heavy seas.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)rock, shake, sway

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

SamplesShe rolled the ball.
They rolled their eyes at his words.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)transit

Verb grouproll, turn over

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

SamplesShe rolls her r's.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out

16. roll (change) boil vigorously

SamplesThe liquid was seething.
The water rolled.

ExamplesThe water rolls


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)boil, churn, moil, roil

17. roll (change) take the shape of a roll or cylinder

SamplesThe carpet rolled out.
Yarn rolls well.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s Adjective

Broader (hypernym)change form, change shape, deform

18. roll (change) show certain properties when being rolled

SamplesThe carpet rolls unevenly.
Dried-out tobacco rolls badly.

Synonymsroll up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s Adjective

Broader (hypernym)change

Verb groupfurl, roll up, roll up, wrap up

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