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Meaning of rolling by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • Rhymes: -əʊlɪŋ



    1. Present participle of roll .


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Explanation of rolling by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. uttered with a trill

    2. she used rolling r's as in Spanish
    1. propelling something on wheels

    2. the act of robbing a helpless person

    3. he was charged with rolling drunks in the park
    4. a deep prolonged sound ( as of thunder or large bells )

    Definition of rolling by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Roll v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rolled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Rolling.] [OF. roeler, roler, F. rouler, LL. rotulare, fr. L. royulus, rotula, a little wheel, dim. of rota wheel; akin to G. rad, and to Skr. ratha car, chariot. Cf. Control, Roll, n., Rotary.]
      1. 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”.

      2. 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.”

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

      4. 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. J. A. Symonds.

      5. 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. Tennyson.

      6. 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.”

      7. To move, or cause to be moved, upon, or by means of, rollers or small wheels.

      8. To beat with rapid, continuous strokes, as a drum; to sound a roll upon.

      9. ( Geom. ) 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.

      10. To turn over in one's mind; to revolve.

      Full oft in heart he rolleth up and down

      The beauty of these florins new and bright. Chaucer.

      To roll one's self, to wallow. -- To roll the eye, to direct its axis hither and thither in quick succession. -- To roll one's r's, to utter the letter r with a trill. [Colloq.]

    2. Rolling a.
      1. Rotating on an axis, or moving along a surface by rotation; turning over and over as if on an axis or a pivot; as, “a rolling wheel or ball”.

      2. Moving on wheels or rollers, or as if on wheels or rollers; as, “a rolling chair”.

      3. Having gradual, rounded undulations of surface; as, “a rolling country; rolling land”. [U.S.]

      Rolling bridge. See the Note under Drawbridge. -- Rolling circle of a paddle wheel, the circle described by the point whose velocity equals the velocity of the ship. J. Bourne. -- Rolling fire ( Mil. ), a discharge of firearms by soldiers in line, in quick succession, and in the order in which they stand. -- Rolling friction, that resistance to motion experienced by one body rolling upon another which arises from the roughness or other quality of the surfaces in contact. -- Rolling mill, a mill furnished with heavy rolls, between which heated metal is passed, to form it into sheets, rails, etc. -- Rolling press. A machine for calendering cloth by pressure between revolving rollers. A printing press with a roller, used in copperplate printing. -- Rolling stock, or Rolling plant, the locomotives and vehicles of a railway. -- Rolling tackle ( Naut. ), tackle used to steady the yards when the ship rolls heavily. R. H. Dana, Jr.