Meaning of ROLLING in English

I. ˈrōliŋ, -lēŋ noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from gerund of rollen, rolen to roll — more at roll

: an act, action, or effect of one that rolls

II. adjective

Etymology: from present participle of roll (II)


a. : rotating on or as if on an axis or moving along a surface by rotation

rolling wheels

b. : moving on wheels or rollers

this leaves only forty feet, or three lanes for rolling traffic — J.M.Lawrence


a. : moving from side to side or up and down

rolling eyes

b. : swinging from side to side : lurching, swaying

a rolling gait

3. : turned over upon or toward itself : coiling

a rolling hat brim

brought him a rolling Byronic collar — W.A.White


a. : resounding , reverberating

see the splintering lightning, and hear the rolling thunder — Phoenix Flame

the traditional rolling phrases of the American declamatory style — Time

b. : trilled

rolling notes



(1) : surging on or rising upward in billows or rolls

the rolling sea

the rolling fog

(2) : moving in waves : progressing or acting in stages : staggered

the economy was going through a rolling adjustment in which first one industry and then another was affected

b. : having gradual rounded undulations of surface

ahead of us was a rolling green plain, with dark mountains beyond it — Ernest Hemingway

rolling hills

6. : coming in regular rotation : recurring

the rolling seasons

the rolling years

• roll·ing·ly adverb

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