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Roll vs. Reel — What's the Difference?

Edited by Tayyaba Rehman — By Fiza Rafique — Updated on October 12, 2023
Roll can refer to a circular motion or a piece of bread, while Reel is a spool for winding thread or film or a dance.
Roll vs. Reel — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Roll and Reel

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Key Differences

Roll is a versatile word with numerous applications in the English language. When used as a verb, it might denote the act of moving in a circular motion or turning over and over. For instance, a ball can roll down a hill. Conversely, Reel, when used as a verb, means to stagger or lurch from side to side, often as a result of being overwhelmed. Someone might reel from shock or surprise.
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Roll can also denote a list or a register. In contexts like classrooms or official settings, a teacher or an officer might take a 'roll call' to see who's present. Reel, on the other hand, primarily stands for a cylindrical device on which something like film, fishing line, or thread is wound. Movies were traditionally stored on film reels.
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Another meaning of Roll is a type of bread or pastry, usually cylindrical in shape. Many people enjoy eating rolls with butter or jam. In contrast, Reel can also refer to a lively dance of Scottish origin. Dancers might take part in a reel at a traditional Scottish event.
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In music, Roll could mean a rhythmic pattern of drum beats or a type of trill. A drummer might perfect their drum roll. Reel, in musical contexts, again brings us back to the dance definition, often being associated with fast-paced, lively tunes accompanying the dance.
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Comparison Chart

Meaning 1

Circular motion or turning over and over.
A spool or cylinder for winding thread or film.
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Meaning 2

A list or register.
To stagger or lurch from side to side.
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Meaning 3

A type of bread or pastry.
A lively dance of Scottish origin.
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Meaning 4

Rhythmic pattern of drum beats.
Lively tunes accompanying the dance.
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Meaning 5

Move by turning over on an axis.
Retrieve by winding back.
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Roll

Move in a circular motion.
The ball began to roll down the hill.
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Reel

A cylinder for winding.
She stored the old movie on a reel.
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Roll

A type of bread.
I had a roll with my soup for lunch.
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Reel

To stagger or sway.
He reeled from the shocking news.
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Roll

A rhythmic pattern of drum beats.
The drummer played a quick roll.
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Reel

A lively dance.
They danced the reel at the Scottish festival.
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Roll

Turn over repeatedly.
He rolled the pencil across the table.
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Reel

To pull in by turning a handle.
He reeled in the big fish.
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Roll

Move in a particular direction by turning over and over on an axis
The car rolled down into a ditch
She rolled the ball across the floor
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Reel

A spool-like item.
The thread was wound tightly around the reel.
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Roll

(of a vehicle) move or run on wheels
The van was rolling along the lane
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Reel

A reel is an object around which a length of another material (usually long and flexible) is wound for storage. Generally a reel has a cylindrical core and walls on the sides to retain the material wound around the core.
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Roll

Turn (something flexible) over and over on itself to form a cylinder, tube, or ball
She started to roll up her sleeping bag
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Reel

A device, such as a cylinder, spool, or frame, that turns on an axis and is used for winding and storing rope, tape, film, or other flexible materials.
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Roll

Flatten (something) by passing a roller over it or by passing it between rollers
Roll out the dough on a floured surface
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Reel

A cylindrical device attached to a fishing rod to let out or wind up the line.
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Roll

(of a loud, deep sound) reverberate
The first peals of thunder rolled across the sky
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Reel

The quantity of wire, film, or other material wound on one reel.
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Roll

Rob (someone, typically when they are intoxicated or asleep)
If you don't get drunk, you don't get rolled
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Reel

A set of curved lawnmower blades that rotate around a bar parallel to the ground, cutting grass while moving against a stationary straight blade.
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Roll

A cylinder formed by winding flexible material round a tube or by turning it over and over on itself without folding
A roll of carpet
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Reel

A staggering, swaying, or whirling movement.
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Roll

A movement in which someone or something turns or is turned over on itself
A roll of the dice
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Reel

A moderately fast dance of Scottish origin.
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Roll

A prolonged, deep, reverberating sound
Thunder exploded, roll after roll
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Reel

The Virginia reel.
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Roll

A very small loaf of bread, to be eaten by one person
Soup with a roll
A bacon roll
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Reel

The music for one of these dances.
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Roll

An official list or register of names
The school had no one by his name on its roll
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Reel

A handheld hammer used in a quarry for shaping granite blocks.
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Roll

Undulation of the landscape
Hidden by the roll of the land was a refinery
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Reel

To wind on or let out from a reel.
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Roll

A roller for flattening something, especially one used to shape metal in a rolling mill.
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Reel

To recover by winding on a reel
Reel in a large fish.
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Roll

To move forward along a surface by revolving on an axis or by repeatedly turning over.
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Reel

To be thrown off balance or fall back
Reeled from the sharp blow.
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Roll

To travel or be moved on wheels or rollers
Rolled down the sidewalk on their scooters.
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Reel

To stagger, lurch, or sway, as from drunkenness
Reeled down the alley.
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Roll

To travel around; wander
Roll from town to town.
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Reel

To go round and round in a whirling motion
Gulls reeling and diving.
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Roll

To travel or be carried in a vehicle.
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Reel

To feel dizzy
My head reeled with the facts and figures.
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Roll

To be carried on a stream
The logs rolled down the cascading river.
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Reel

To cause to reel.
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Roll

To start to move or operate
The press wouldn't roll.
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Reel

A shaky or unsteady gait.
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Roll

To work or succeed in a sustained way; gain momentum
The political campaign finally began to roll.
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Reel

A lively dance originating in Scotland; also, the music of this dance; often called a Scottish (or Scotch) reel.
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Roll

To go by; elapse
The days rolled along.
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Reel

A kind of spool, turning on an axis, on which yarn, threads, lines, or the like, are wound.
A log reel, used by seamen
An angler's reel
A garden reel
Nudge the fruit machine reel
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Roll

To recur. Often used with around
Summer has rolled around again.
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Reel

(agriculture) A device consisting of radial arms with horizontal stats, connected with a harvesting machine, for holding the stalks of grain in position to be cut by the knives.
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Roll

To move in a periodic revolution, as a planet in its orbit.
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Reel

(film) A short compilation of sample film work used as a demonstrative resume in the entertainment industry.
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Roll

To turn over and over
The puppy rolled in the mud.
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Reel

To wind on a reel.
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Roll

To shift the gaze usually quickly and continually
The child's eyes rolled with fright.
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Reel

To spin or revolve repeatedly.
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Roll

To turn around or revolve on an axis.
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Reel

To unwind, to bring or acquire something by spinning or winding something else.
He reeled off some tape from the roll and sealed the package.
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Roll

To move or advance with a rising and falling motion; undulate
The waves rolled toward shore.
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Reel

To walk shakily or unsteadily; to stagger; move as if drunk or not in control of oneself.
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Roll

To extend or appear to extend in gentle rises and falls
The dunes roll to the sea.
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Reel

To back off, step away, or sway backwards unsteadily and suddenly.
He reeled back from the punch.
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Roll

To move or rock from side to side
The ship pitched and rolled in heavy seas.
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Reel

To make or cause to reel.
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Roll

To walk with a swaying, unsteady motion.
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Reel

To have a whirling sensation; to be giddy.
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Roll

(Slang) To experience periodic rushes after taking an intoxicating drug, especially MDMA.
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Reel

To be in shock.
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Roll

To take the shape of a ball or cylinder
Yarn rolls easily.
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Reel

To produce a mechanical insect-like song, as in grass warblers.
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Roll

To become flattened by pressure applied by a roller.
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Reel

(obsolete) To roll.
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Roll

To make a deep, prolonged, surging sound
Thunder rolled in the distance.
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Reel

A lively dance of the Highlanders of Scotland; also, the music to the dance; - often called Scotch reel.
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Roll

To make a sustained trilling sound, as certain birds do.
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Reel

A frame with radial arms, or a kind of spool, turning on an axis, on which yarn, threads, lines, or the like, are wound; as, a log reel, used by seamen; an angler's reel; a garden reel.
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Roll

To beat a drum in a continuous series of short blows.
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Reel

A machine on which yarn is wound and measured into lays and hanks, - for cotton or linen it is fifty-four inches in circuit; for worsted, thirty inches.
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Roll

To pour, flow, or move in a continual stream
Tourists rolling into the city.
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Reel

A device consisting of radial arms with horizontal stats, connected with a harvesting machine, for holding the stalks of grain in position to be cut by the knives.
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Roll

To enjoy ample amounts
Rolled in the money.
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Reel

The act or motion of reeling or staggering; as, a drunken reel.
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Roll

To cause to move forward along a surface by revolving on an axis or by repeatedly turning over.
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Reel

To roll.
And Sisyphus an huge round stone did reel.
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Roll

To move or push along on wheels or rollers
Rolled the plane out of the hangar.
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Reel

To wind upon a reel, as yarn or thread.
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Roll

To impel or send onward in a steady, swelling motion
The sea rolls its waves onto the sand.
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Reel

To incline, in walking, from one side to the other; to stagger.
They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man.
He, with heavy fumes oppressed,Reeled from the palace, and retired to rest.
The wagons reeling under the yellow sheaves.
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Roll

To impart a swaying, rocking motion to
Heavy seas rolled the ship.
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Reel

To have a whirling sensation; to be giddy.
In these lengthened vigils his brain often reeled.
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Roll

To turn around or partly turn around; rotate
Rolled his head toward the door.
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Reel

A roll of photographic film holding a series of frames to be projected by a movie projector
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Roll

To cause to begin moving or operating
Roll the cameras.
Roll the presses.
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Reel

Music composed for dancing a reel
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Roll

To extend or lay out
Rolled out a long rope.
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Reel

Winder consisting of a revolving spool with a handle; attached to a fishing rod
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Roll

To pronounce or utter with a trill
You must roll your r's in Spanish.
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Reel

A winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound
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Roll

To utter or emit in full, swelling tones.
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Reel

A lively dance of Scottish highlanders; marked by circular moves and gliding steps
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Roll

To beat (a drum) with a continuous series of short blows.
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Reel

An American country dance which starts with the couples facing each other in two lines
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Roll

To wrap (something) round and round upon itself or around something else. Often used with up
Roll up a poster.
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Reel

Walk as if unable to control one's movements;
The drunken man staggered into the room
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Roll

To envelop or enfold in a covering
Roll dirty laundry in a sheet.
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Reel

Revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis;
The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy
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Roll

To make by shaping into a ball or cylinder
Roll a cigarette.
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Reel

Wind onto or off a reel
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Roll

To spread, compress, or flatten by applying pressure with a roller
Roll pastry dough.
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Roll

(Printing) To apply ink to (type) with a roller or rollers.
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Roll

(Games) To throw (dice), as in craps.
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Roll

(Slang) To rob (a drunken, sleeping, or otherwise helpless person).
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Roll

The act or an instance of rolling.
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Roll

Something rolled up
A roll of tape.
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Roll

A quantity, as of cloth or wallpaper, rolled into a cylinder and often considered as a unit of measure.
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Roll

A piece of parchment or paper that may be or is rolled up; a scroll.
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Roll

A register or a catalogue.
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Roll

A list of names of persons belonging to a group.
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Roll

A mass in cylindrical or rounded form
A roll of tobacco.
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Roll

A small loaf of bread, portioned for one individual and often served as a side dish or appetizer or used to make a sandwich.
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Roll

A portion of food wrapped around a filling
Cinnamon roll.
Sushi roll.
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Roll

A rolling, swaying, or rocking motion.
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A gentle swell or undulation of a surface
The roll of the plains.
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Roll

A deep reverberation or rumble
The roll of thunder.
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Roll

A rapid succession of short sounds
The roll of a drum.
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Roll

A trill
The roll of his r's.
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Roll

A resonant, rhythmical flow of words.
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Roll

A roller, especially a cylinder on which to roll something up or with which to flatten something.
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Roll

An amount of rotation around a longitudinal axis, as of an aircraft or boat.
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Roll

A maneuver in which an airplane makes a single complete rotation about its longitudinal axis without changing direction or losing altitude.
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Roll

(Slang) Money, especially a wad of paper money.
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Roll

(transitive) To cause to revolve by turning over and over; to move by turning on an axis; to impel forward by causing to turn over and over on a supporting surface.
To roll a wheel, a ball, or a barrel.
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(intransitive) To turn over and over.
The child will roll on the floor.
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Roll

(intransitive) To tumble in gymnastics; to do a somersault.
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(transitive) To wrap (something) round on itself; to form into a spherical or cylindrical body by causing to turn over and over.
To roll a sheet of paper; to roll clay or putty into a ball.
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(transitive) To bind or involve by winding, as in a bandage; to enwrap; often with up.
To roll up the map for shipping.
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(intransitive) To be wound or formed into a cylinder or ball.
The cloth rolls unevenly; the snow rolls well.
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(ergative) To drive or impel forward with an easy motion, as of rolling.
This river will roll its waters to the ocean.
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(ergative) To utter copiously, especially with sounding words; to utter with a deep sound; — often with forth, or out.
To roll forth someone's praises; to roll out sentences.
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(transitive) To press or level with a roller; to spread or form with a roll, roller, or rollers.
To roll a field;
To roll paste;
To roll steel rails.
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(intransitive) To spread itself under a roller or rolling-pin.
The pastry rolls well.
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Roll

(ergative) To move, or cause to be moved, upon, or by means of, rollers or small wheels.
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Roll

To leave or begin a journey.
I want to get there early; let's roll.
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Roll

To compete, especially with vigor.
OK guys, we're only down by two points. Let's roll!
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Roll

(transitive) To beat with rapid, continuous strokes, as a drum; to sound a roll upon.
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Roll

(geometry) To apply (one line or surface) to another without slipping; to bring all the parts of (one line or surface) into successive contact with another, in such a manner that at every instant the parts that have been in contact are equal.
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Roll

(transitive) To turn over in one's mind; to revolve.
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Roll

To behave in a certain way; to adopt a general disposition toward a situation.
I was going to kick his ass, but he wasn't worth getting all worked up over; I don't roll like that.
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Roll

To throw dice.
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Roll

To roll dice such that they form a given pattern or total.
If you roll doubles, you get an extra turn.
With two dice, you're more likely to roll seven than ten.
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Roll

(RPG) To create a new character in a role-playing game, especially by using dice to determine properties.
I'm gonna go and roll a new shaman tonight.
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Roll

To generate a random number.
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Roll

To rotate about the fore-and-aft axis, causing its sides to go up and down. Compare pitch.
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Roll

To travel by sailing.
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Roll

(transitive) To beat up; to assault.
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Roll

To cause to betray secrets or to testify for the prosecution.
The feds rolled him by giving him a free pass for most of what he'd done.
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Roll

To betray secrets.
He rolled on those guys after being in jail two days.
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Roll

To be under the influence of MDMA (a psychedelic stimulant, also known as ecstasy).
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Roll

To (cause to) film.
The cameras are rolling.
It's time to roll the cameras.
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Roll

To slip past (a defender) with the ball.
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(intransitive) To have a rolling aspect.
The hills rolled on
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Roll

To perform a periodical revolution; to move onward as with a revolution.
The years roll on.
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Roll

(intransitive) To move, like waves or billows, with alternate swell and depression.
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To move and cause an effect on someone
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(intransitive) To make a loud or heavy rumbling noise.
The thunder rolled and the lightning flashed.
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Roll

(transitive) To utter with an alveolar trill.
Many languages roll their r's.
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Roll

To enrobe in toilet-paper (as a prank or spectacle).
The kids rolled the principal's house and yard.
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Roll

(transitive) To create a customized version of.
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Roll

To engage in sparring in the context of jujitsu or other grappling disciplines.
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Roll

To load ocean freight cargo onto a vessel other than the one it was meant to sail on.
Containers will be rolled to another mother vessel.
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Roll

The act or result of rolling, or state of being rolled.
The roll of a ball
Look at the roll of the waves.
The roll of her eyes
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Roll

A forward or backward roll in gymnastics; going head over heels. A tumble.
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Roll

Something which rolls.
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Roll

A heavy cylinder used to break clods.
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Roll

One of a set of revolving cylinders, or rollers, between which metal is pressed, formed, or smoothed, as in a rolling mill.
To pass rails through the rolls
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Roll

A swagger or rolling gait.
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Roll

A heavy, reverberatory sound.
Hear the roll of cannon.
There was a roll of thunder and the rain began to pour down.
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Roll

The uniform beating of a drum with strokes so rapid as scarcely to be distinguished by the ear.
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Roll

The oscillating movement of a nautical vessel as it rotates from side to side, about its fore-and-aft axis, causing its sides to go up and down, as distinguished from the alternate rise and fall of bow and stern called pitching; or the equivalent in an aircraft.
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(nautical) The measure or extent to which a vessel rotates from side to side, about its fore-and-aft axis.
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The rotation angle about the longitudinal axis.
Calculate the roll of that aircraft.
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Roll

An instance of the act of rolling an aircraft through one or more complete rotations about its longitudinal axis.
The pilots entertained the spectators at the airshow by doing multiple rolls.
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Roll

The act of, or total resulting from, rolling one or more dice.
Make your roll.
Whoever gets the highest roll moves first.
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Roll

A winning streak of continuing luck, especially at gambling and especially in the phrase on a roll.
He is on a roll tonight.
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Roll

A training match for a fighting dog.
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Roll

An instance of the act of righting a canoe or kayak which has capsized, without exiting the watercraft, or being assisted.
That was a good roll.
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Roll

(paddlesport) The skill of righting a canoe or kayak which has capsized, without exiting the watercraft, or being assisted.
She has a bombproof roll.
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Roll

(finance) Any of various financial instruments or transactions that involve opposite positions at different expiries, "rolling" a position from one expiry to another.
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Roll

That which is rolled up.
A roll of fat, of wool, paper, cloth, etc.
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A document written on a piece of parchment, paper, or other materials which may be rolled up; a scroll.
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Roll

An official or public document; a register; a record.
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Roll

A catalogue or list, (especially) one kept for official purposes.
Several people sued the state after finding out that they'd been removed from the voter rolls for having died, despite their not actually being dead.
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Roll

A quantity of cloth wound into a cylindrical form.
A roll of carpeting; a roll of ribbon
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Roll

A cylindrical twist of tobacco.
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Roll

A kind of shortened raised biscuit or bread, often rolled or doubled upon itself; see also bread roll.
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Roll

(obsolete) A part; an office; a duty; a role.
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A measure of parchments, containing five dozen.
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Roll

To cause to revolve by turning over and over; to move by turning on an axis; to impel forward by causing to turn over and over on a supporting surface; as, to roll a wheel, a ball, or a barrel.
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Roll

To wrap round on itself; to form into a spherical or cylindrical body by causing to turn over and over; as, to roll a sheet of paper; to roll parchment; to roll clay or putty into a ball.
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Roll

To bind or involve by winding, as in a bandage; to inwrap; - often with up; as, to roll up a parcel.
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Roll

To drive or impel forward with an easy motion, as of rolling; as, a river rolls its waters to the ocean.
The flood of Catholic reaction was rolled over Europe.
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Roll

To utter copiously, esp. with sounding words; to utter with a deep sound; - often with forth, or out; as, to roll forth some one's praises; to roll out sentences.
Who roll'd the psalm to wintry skies.
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Roll

To press or level with a roller; to spread or form with a roll, roller, or rollers; as, to roll a field; to roll paste; to roll steel rails, etc.
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To move, or cause to be moved, upon, or by means of, rollers or small wheels.
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To beat with rapid, continuous strokes, as a drum; to sound a roll upon.
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Roll

To apply (one line or surface) to another without slipping; to bring all the parts of (one line or surface) into successive contact with another, in suck manner that at every instant the parts that have been in contact are equal.
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Roll

To turn over in one's mind; to revolve.
Full oft in heart he rolleth up and downThe beauty of these florins new and bright.
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Roll

To move, as a curved object may, along a surface by rotation without sliding; to revolve upon an axis; to turn over and over; as, a ball or wheel rolls on the earth; a body rolls on an inclined plane.
And her foot, look you, is fixed upon a spherical stone, which rolls, and rolls, and rolls.
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Roll

To move on wheels; as, the carriage rolls along the street.
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To be wound or formed into a cylinder or ball; as, the cloth rolls unevenly; the snow rolls well.
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Roll

To fall or tumble; - with over; as, a stream rolls over a precipice.
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Roll

To perform a periodical revolution; to move onward as with a revolution; as, the rolling year; ages roll away.
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To turn; to move circularly.
And his red eyeballs roll with living fire.
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Roll

To move, as waves or billows, with alternate swell and depression.
What different sorrows did within thee roll.
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Roll

To incline first to one side, then to the other; to rock; as, there is a great difference in ships about rolling; in a general semse, to be tossed about.
Twice ten tempestuous nights I rolled.
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Roll

To turn over, or from side to side, while lying down; to wallow; as, a horse rolls.
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To spread under a roller or rolling-pin; as, the paste rolls well.
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Roll

To beat a drum with strokes so rapid that they can scarcely be distinguished by the ear.
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Roll

To make a loud or heavy rumbling noise; as, the thunder rolls.
Man shall not suffer his wife go roll about.
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Roll

The act of rolling, or state of being rolled; as, the roll of a ball; the roll of waves.
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Roll

That which rolls; a roller.
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Roll

That which is rolled up; as, a roll of fat, of wool, paper, cloth, etc.
Busy angels spreadThe lasting roll, recording what we say.
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Roll

Hence, an official or public document; a register; a record; also, a catalogue; a list.
The rolls of Parliament, the entry of the petitions, answers, and transactions in Parliament, are extant.
The roll and list of that army doth remain.
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Roll

A kind of shortened raised biscuit or bread, often rolled or doubled upon itself.
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A quantity of cloth wound into a cylindrical form; as, a roll of carpeting; a roll of ribbon.
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Roll

The oscillating movement of a vessel from side to side, in sea way, as distinguished from the alternate rise and fall of bow and stern called pitching.
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A heavy, reverberatory sound; as, the roll of cannon, or of thunder.
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Roll

The uniform beating of a drum with strokes so rapid as scarcely to be distinguished by the ear.
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Roll

Part; office; duty; rôle.
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Roll

Rotary motion of an object around its own axis;
Wheels in axial rotation
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A list of names;
His name was struck off the rolls
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A long heavy sea wave as it advances towards the shore
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Photographic film rolled up inside a container to protect it from light
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Roll

A round shape formed by a series of concentric circles
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A roll of currency notes (often taken as the resources of a person or business etc.);
He shot his roll on a bob-tailed nag
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Roll

Small rounded bread either plain or sweet
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Roll

A deep prolonged sound (as of thunder or large bells)
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Roll

The sound of a drum (especially a snare drum) beaten rapidly and continuously
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A document that can be rolled up (as for storage)
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Anything rolled up in cylindrical form
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The act of throwing dice
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Walking with a rolling gait
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A flight maneuver; aircraft rotates about its longitudinal axis without changing direction or losing altitude
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The act of rolling something (as the ball in bowling)
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Roll

Move by turning over or rotating;
The child rolled down the hill
Turn over on your left side
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Roll

Move along on or as if on wheels or a wheeled vehicle;
The President's convoy rolled past the crowds
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Roll

Occur in soft rounded shapes;
The hills rolled past
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Roll

Flatten or spread with a roller;
Roll out the paper
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Roll

Emit, produce, or utter with a deep prolonged reverberating sound;
The thunder rolled
Rolling drums
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Roll

Wrap or coil around;
Roll your hair around your finger
Twine the thread around the spool
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Roll

Begin operating or running;
The cameras were rolling
The presses are already rolling
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Shape by rolling;
Roll a cigarette
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Roll

Execute a roll, in tumbling;
The gymnasts rolled and jumped
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Roll

Sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity
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Move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion;
The curtains undulated
The waves rolled towards the beach
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Roll

Move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment;
The 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
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Roll

Move, rock, or sway from side to side;
The ship rolled on the heavy seas
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Cause to move by turning over or in a circular manner of as if on an axis;
She rolled the ball
They rolled their eyes at his words
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Roll

Pronounce with a roll, of the phoneme /r/;
She rolls her r's
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Roll

Boil vigorously;
The liquid was seething
The water rolled
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Roll

Take the shape of a roll or cylinder;
The carpet rolled out
Yarn rolls well
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Roll

Show certain properties when being rolled;
The carpet rolls unevenly
Dried-out tobacco rolls badly
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Roll

A list or register.
The teacher took roll at the beginning of class.
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Common Curiosities

What does Reel mean in dance?

Reel refers to a lively dance of Scottish origin.
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Do drums have anything to do with the word Roll?

Yes, Roll can mean a rhythmic pattern of drum beats.
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Can Roll mean something we eat?

Yes, a Roll can refer to a type of bread or pastry.
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How does Roll relate to lists?

Roll can mean a list or register, often in contexts like roll call.
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What does Roll mean in terms of movement?

It refers to the movement in a circular motion or turning over and over.
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Can Reel be used as a verb?

Yes, like when someone "reels in" a fish.
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Can Reel mean to feel dizzy or unsteady?

Yes, one can reel from shock or surprise, meaning to stagger or sway.
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Is Reel only related to movies?

No, Reel can also refer to a spool for winding thread, fishing lines, and more.
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