Sense 3.3: rolls of maps



  • 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 turn over and over.
  • To tumble in gymnastics; to do a somersault.
  • To wrap (something) round on itself; to form into a spherical or cylindrical body by causing to turn over and over.
  • To bind or involve by winding, as in a bandage; to enwrap; often with up.
  • To be wound or formed into a cylinder or ball.
  • To drive or impel forward with an easy motion, as of rolling.
  • To utter copiously, especially with sounding words; to utter with a deep sound; — often with forth, or out.
  • To press or level with a roller; to spread or form with a roll, roller, or rollers.
  • To spread itself under a roller or rolling-pin.
  • To move, or cause to be moved, upon, or by means of, rollers or small wheels.
  • To leave or begin a journey.
  • To compete, especially with vigor.
  • To beat with rapid, continuous strokes, as a drum; to sound a roll upon.
  • 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.
  • To turn over in one's mind; to revolve.
  • To behave in a certain way; to adopt a general disposition toward a situation.
  • To throw dice.
  • To roll dice such that they form a given pattern or total.
  • To create a new character in a role-playing game, especially by using dice to determine properties.
  • To generate a random number.
  • To rotate on its fore-and-aft axis, causing its sides to go up and down. Compare pitch.
  • To travel by sailing.
  • To beat up; to attack and cause physical damage to.
  • To cause to betray secrets or to testify for the prosecution.
  • To betray secrets.
  • To be under the influence of MDMA (a psychedelic stimulant, also known as ecstasy).
  • To (cause to) film.
  • To slip past (a defender) with the ball.
  • To have a rolling aspect.
  • To perform a periodical revolution; to move onward as with a revolution.
  • To move, like waves or billows, with alternate swell and depression.
  • to move and cause an effect on someone
  • To make a loud or heavy rumbling noise.
  • To utter with an alveolar trill.
  • To enrobe in toilet-paper (as a prank or spectacle).
  • To create a customized version of.
  • To engage in sparring in the context of jujitsu or other grappling disciplines.
  • To load ocean freight cargo onto a vessel other than the one it was meant to sail on.


  • The act or result of rolling, or state of being rolled.
  • A forward or backward roll in gymnastics; going head over heels. A tumble.
  • Something which rolls.
  • A swagger or rolling gait.
  • A heavy, reverberatory sound.
  • The uniform beating of a drum with strokes so rapid as scarcely to be distinguished by the ear.
  • The oscillating movement of a nautical vessel as it rotates from side to side, on 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.
  • The measure or extent to which a vessel rotates from side to side, on its fore-and-aft axis.
  • The rotation angle about the longitudinal axis.
  • An instance of the act of rolling an aircraft through one or more complete rotations about its longitudinal axis.
  • The act of, or total resulting from, rolling one or more dice.
  • A winning streak of continuing luck, especially at gambling .
  • A training match for a fighting dog.
  • An instance of the act of righting a canoe or kayak which has capsized, without exiting the watercraft, or being assisted.
  • The skill of righting a canoe or kayak which has capsized.
  • That which is rolled up.
  • A document written on a piece of parchment, paper, or other materials which may be rolled up; a scroll.
  • An official or public document; a register; a record
  • A catalogue or list
  • A quantity of cloth wound into a cylindrical form.
  • A cylindrical twist of tobacco.
  • A kind of shortened raised biscuit or bread, often rolled or doubled upon itself; see also bread roll.
  • Part; office; duty; role.
  • A measure of parchments, containing five dozen.
  • An instance of the act of righting a canoe or kayak which has capsized, without exiting the watercraft, or being assisted.


  • From Middle English rollen, partly from Old French roller, roler, röeler, röoler, from Medieval Latin rotulāre, from Latin rotula, diminutive of rota; partly from Anglo-Latin rollāre, from the same ultimate source.
  • From Middle English rolle, from Old French rolle, role, roule, from Medieval Latin rotulus; as such, it is a role.

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