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Webster 1913 Edition


Roller

Roll′er

(rōl′ẽr)
,
Noun.
1.
One who, or that which, rolls; especially, a cylinder, sometimes grooved, of wood, stone, metal, etc., used in husbandry and the arts.
2.
A bandage; a fillet; properly, a long and broad bandage used in surgery.
3.
(Naut.)
One of series of long, heavy waves which roll in upon a coast, sometimes in calm weather.
4.
A long, belt-formed towel, to be suspended on a rolling cylinder; – called also
roller towel
.
5.
(Print.)
A cylinder coated with a composition made principally of glue and molassess, with which forms of type are inked previously to taking an impression from them.
W. Savage.
6.
A long cylinder on which something is rolled up;
as, the
roller
of a map
.
7.
A small wheel, as of a caster, a roller skate, etc.
8.
(Zool.)
Any insect whose larva rolls up leaves; a leaf roller. see
Tortrix
.
9.
[CF. F.
rollier
.]
(Zool.)
Any one of numerous species of Old World picarian birds of the family
Coraciadae
. The name alludes to their habit of suddenly turning over or “tumbling” in flight.
10.
(Zool.)
Any species of small ground snakes of the family
Tortricidae
.
Ground roller
(Zool.)
,
any one of several species of Madagascar rollers belonging to
Atelornis
and allied genera. They are nocturnal birds, and feed on the ground.
Roller bolt
,
the bar in a carriage to which the traces are attached; a whiffletree.
[Eng.]
Roller gin
,
a cotton gin inn which rolls are used for separating the seeds from the fiber.
Roller mill
.
See under
Mill
.
Roller skate
,
a skate which has small wheels in the place of the metallic runner; – designed for use in skating upon a smooth, hard surface, other than ice.

Webster 1828 Edition


Roller

ROLLER

, n.
1.
That which rolls; that which turns on its own axis; particularly, a cylinder of wood, stone or metal, used in husbandry and the arts. Rollers are of various kinds and used for various purposes.
2.
A bandage; a fillet; properly, a long and broad bandage used in surgery.
3.
A bird of the magpie kind, about the size of a jay.
A bird of the genus Coracias, found in Europe; called also the German parrot.

Definition 2022


Roller

Roller

See also: roller

English

Noun

Roller (plural Rollers)

  1. (slang) A Rolls-Royce car
    • 1991, Sally Wentworth: Taken on Trust, page 9:
      Only I thought private eyes were supposed to be discreet; you could hardly call yourself that when you drive a Roller.

Anagrams

roller

roller

See also: Roller

English

A lilac-crested roller (bird of the family Coraciidae), Coracias caudata.

Noun

roller (plural rollers)

  1. (heading) Anything that rolls.
    1. Any rotating cylindrical device that is part of a machine, especially one used to apply or reduce pressure.
    2. A person who rolls something, as in "cigar roller".
    3. (cricket) A heavy rolling device used to flatten the surface of the pitch.
    4. A cylindrical tool for applying paint or ink.
    5. An agricultural machine used for flattening land and breaking up lumps of earth.
    6. One of a set of small cylindrical tubes used to curl hair.
    7. A roller towel.
    8. A small wheel, as of a caster, a roller skate, etc.
    9. (cycling) One of a set of rolling cylinders allowing a rider to practise balance while training indoors.
    10. Any insect whose larva rolls up leaves, especially those in family Tortricidae.
    11. The cylinder snakes, small ground snakes of the genus Cylindrophis.
  2. A long wide bandage used in surgery.
  3. A large, wide, curling wave that falls back on itself as it breaks on a coast.
    • 1907, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, “chapter IX”, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 4241346:
      He and Gerald usually challenged the rollers in a sponson canoe when Gerald was there for the weekend ; or, when Lansing came down, the two took long swims seaward or cruised about in Gerald's dory, clad in their swimming-suits ; and Selwyn's youth became renewed in a manner almost ridiculous, [].
  4. (heading) A bird.
    1. A breed or variety of roller pigeon that rolls (i.e. tumbles or somersaults) backwards (compare Penson roller, Birmingham roller, tumbler).
    2. Any of various aggressive birds, of the family Coraciidae, having bright blue wings and hooked beaks.
  5. (also written Roller) A car made by Rolls-Royce.
  6. A police patrol car or patrolman (rather than an unmarked police car or a detective)
  7. A padded surcingle that is used on horses for training and vaulting.
  8. (TV, film) A roll of titles or (especially) credits played over film or video; television or film credits.
    • 2006, Clive James, North Face of Soho, Picador 2007, p. 69:
      I learned a lot from watching, but the part that I should have studied harder was the roller. The names of the writers went on for ever.
  9. (slang) A wheelchair user.

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French

Etymology

Borrowing from English roller.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ʁolœʁ/

Noun

roller m (plural rollers)

  1. (countable) in-line skate, rollerblade
    Il a eu sa première paire de rollers à l'âge de 8 ans.
  2. (uncountable) skating (with inline skates).
    J'adore faire du roller au moment du coucher du soleil.

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Norwegian Bokmål

Noun

roller m, f

  1. indefinite plural of rolle

Norwegian Nynorsk

Noun

roller f

  1. indefinite plural of rolle

Old French

Etymology 1

Verb

roller

  1. to polish a helmet

Etymology 2

see roeler

Verb

roller

  1. Alternative form of roeler (to roll)

Conjugation

This verb conjugates as a first-group verb ending in -er. The forms that would normally end in *-oll, *-olls, *-ollt are modified to ol, ous, out. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.

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Portuguese

Noun

roller m (plural rollers)

  1. roller skate (a boot with small wheels)

Synonyms


Swedish

Noun

roller c

  1. a cylindrical, rolling tool for applying paint
  2. indefinite plural of roll

Declension