Meaning of ROLL in English
transcription, транскрипция: [ roʊl ]
( rolls, rolling, rolled)
Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.
When something rolls or when you roll it, it moves along a surface, turning over many times.
The ball rolled into the net...
I rolled a ball across the carpet...
VERB : V prep / adv , V n prep
If you roll somewhere, you move on a surface while lying down, turning your body over and over, so that you are sometimes on your back, sometimes on your side, and sometimes on your front.
When I was a little kid I rolled down a hill and broke my leg...
VERB : V prep / adv
When vehicles roll along, they move along slowly.
The lorry quietly rolled forward.
VERB : V prep / adv
If a machine rolls , it is operating.
He slipped and fell on an airplane gangway as the cameras rolled...
VERB : V
If drops of liquid roll down a surface, they move quickly down it.
She looked at Ginny and tears rolled down her cheeks.
VERB : V down n
If you roll something flexible into a cylinder or a ball, you form it into a cylinder or a ball by wrapping it several times around itself or by shaping it between your hands.
He took off his sweater, rolled it into a pillow and lay down on the grass...
He rolled and lit another cigarette.
VERB : V n into n , V n
Roll up means the same as roll .
Stein rolled up the paper bag with the money inside.
PHRASAL VERB : V P n (not pron)
A roll of paper, plastic, cloth, or wire is a long piece of it that has been wrapped many times around itself or around a tube.
The photographers had already shot a dozen rolls of film.
N-COUNT : usu N of n
see also toilet roll
If you roll up something such as a car window or a blind, you cause it to move upwards by turning a handle. If you roll it down , you cause it to move downwards by turning a handle.
In mid-afternoon, shopkeepers began to roll down their shutters...
VERB : V n with adv
If you roll your eyes or if your eyes roll , they move round and upwards. People sometimes roll their eyes when they are frightened, bored, or annoyed. ( WRITTEN )
People may roll their eyes and talk about overprotective, interfering grandmothers...
His eyes rolled and he sobbed.
VERB : V n , V
A roll is a small piece of bread that is round or long and is made to be eaten by one person. Rolls can be eaten plain, with butter, or with a filling.
He spread butter on a roll.
A roll of drums is a long, low, fairly loud sound made by drums.
As the town clock struck two, they heard the roll of drums.
see also drum roll
A roll is an official list of people’s names.
...the electoral roll.
N-COUNT : with supp
see also rolling , rock and roll , sausage roll
If someone is on a roll , they are having great success which seems likely to continue. ( INFORMAL )
I made a name for myself and I was on a roll, I couldn’t see anything going wrong.
PHRASE : usu v-link PHR
If you say roll on something, you mean that you would like it to come soon, because you are looking forward to it. ( BRIT INFORMAL )
Roll on the day someone develops an effective vaccine against malaria.
PHRASE : PHR n [ feelings ]
If something is several things rolled into one , it combines the main features or qualities of those things.
This is our kitchen, sitting and dining room all rolled into one.
PHRASE : pl-n PHR , v-link PHR
to start the ball rolling: see ball
heads will roll: see head
Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне. 2006