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...



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.

= register

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.