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Definition of "roller" []

  • One that rolls or performs a rolling operation or activity. (noun)
  • Any of various cylindrical or spherical devices that roll or rotate, especially: (noun)
  • A small spokeless wheel, such as that of a roller skate or caster. (noun)
  • An elongated cylinder on which something, such as a window shade or towel, is wound. (noun)
  • A heavy revolving cylinder that is used to level, crush, or smooth. (noun)
  • A cylinder having an absorbent surface and a handle, used for spreading paint (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A heavy cast-iron cylinder or pair of cylinders on an axle to which a handle is attached; used for flattening lawns (noun)
  • A long heavy wave of the sea, advancing towards the shore (noun)
  • A hardened cylinder of precision-ground steel that forms one of the rolling components of a roller bearing or of a linked driving chain (noun)
  • A cylinder fitted on pivots, used to enable heavy objects to be easily moved; castor (noun)
  • A cylinder, usually of hard rubber, used to ink a forme or plate before impression (noun)
  • A cylindrical tube or barrel onto which material is rolled for transport or storage (noun)
  • Any of various other cylindrical devices that rotate about a cylinder, used for any of various purposes (noun)
  • A small cylinder, esp one that is heated, onto which a woman's hair may be rolled to make it curl (noun)
  • A bandage consisting of a long strip of muslin or cheesecloth rolled tightly into a cylindrical form before application (noun)
  • A band fastened around a horse's belly to keep a blanket in position (noun)
  • Any of various Old World birds of the family Coraciidae, such as Coracias garrulus (European roller), that have a blue, green, and brown plumage, a slightly hooked bill, and an erratic flight: order Coraciiformes (kingfishers, etc) (noun)
  • A variety of tumbler pigeon that performs characteristic backward somersaults in flight (noun)
  • A breed of canary that has a soft trilling song in which the notes are run together (noun)
  • A person or thing that rolls (noun)
  • A man who rolls and trims fleeces after shearing (noun)

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Use "roller" in a sentence
  • "We are entering now what I call the roller-coaster period in the campaign in that John Kerry will pick his running mate and have his convention."
  • "Z: We have with a little bit of what I call a roller coaster ride."
  • "It's like running over a field of boulders in roller skates."