Synonyms of 'roll'
to move along by turning over and overThe car went off the road and rolled over into a ditch.
As the wheel turned, the potter shaped the clay.
I wheeled around to face her.
The Earth spins on its own axis.
The room reeled and I jammed my head down.
The entire circle revolved slowly.
The earth rotates round the sun.
Hearing a sound behind her, she whirled round.
He swivelled round to face Sarah.
The boat pivoted on its central axis.
Several hundred people twirl around the dance floor.
The aeroplane was gyrating about in the sky in a most alarming fashion.
to move along on wheels or rollersThe lorry slowly rolled forward.
to move along in an undulating movementTears rolled down her cheeks.
A stream flowed down into the valley.
cisterns to catch rainwater as it ran off the walls
The tears coursed down his cheeks.
Blood was pouring from his broken nose.
She slipped and slid downhill on her backside.
Tears streamed down their faces.
A tear trickled down his cheek.
The royal ships glided past fjords and dramatic waterfalls.
He took off his sweater and rolled it into a pillow.
She wound the sash round her waist.
Her mother bound the wound with a rag soaked in iodine.
She wrapped a handkerchief round her bleeding hand.
She twisted her hair into a bun.
She curled her fingers round his wrist.
A python had coiled itself around the branch of the tree.
She swathed herself in thin black fabrics.
the thick black cloud of smoke that enveloped the area
He entwined his fingers with hers.
Wood was comfortably enfolded in a woolly dressing-gown.
to spread out flat or smooth with a roller or rolling pinRub in and roll out the pastry.
I'd been levelling off the ground before putting up the shed.
He would shine his father's shoes and press his shirts.
Spread the cream over the skin and allow it to remain for 12 hours.
She stood up and smoothed down her frock.
How do you put enough pressure on to the metal to flatten it?
(of a ship or aircraft) to turn from side to side around the longitudinal axisThe ship was still rolling in the troughs.
The small boat tossed about in the high seas like a cork.
rock, , ,
His body rocked from side to side.
The dog had tumbled down the cliff.
The people swayed back and forth with arms linked.
Hippos love to wallow in mud.
the billowing sails
The sail of the little boat swung from one side to the other.
to make a continuous deep reverberating soundguns firing, drums rolling, cymbals clashing
Thunder rumbled over the Downs.
Thunder boomed like battlefield cannons over Crooked Mountain.
The distant crash of bombs echoes through the whole city.
Rain drummed on the roof of the car.
the roaring waters of Niagara Falls
the sound of fireworks thundering up above
My stomach grumbled loudly.
The soldiers' boots resounded in the street.
A woman's laughter reverberated in the courtyard.
to walk in a swaying mannerThey rolled about in hysterics.
The ship was pitching and rolling as if in mid-ocean.
He lost his balance and reeled back.
a government that staggered from crisis to crisis
Two old men struggled to their feet and lurched out onto the veranda.
He turned and lumbered back to his chair.
a fat woman waddling down the street
His legs were in pain and he had to totter home.
anything rolled up into a tubea dozen rolls of film
a small cake of bread for one personbutter and marmalade on a roll
a continuous deep reverberating soundThey heard the roll of drums.
The stillness of the night was broken by the boom of a cannon.
the roar of traffic
the thunder of the sea on the rocks
grumble, , ,
One could hear, far to the east, a grumble of thunder.
He heard the reverberation of the slammed door.
an official list or register of namesA new electoral roll should be drawn up.
registers of births, deaths and marriages
Keep a record of all the payments.
There were six names on the list.
Consult the table on page 104.
a detailed written schedule
There's even a special subject index.
One of the authors of the catalogue is the Professor of Art History.
a telephone directory
He made an inventory of everything that was to stay.
this vast chronicle of Napoleonic times
He put himself on the roster for domestic chores.
a swaying or unsteady movement or gaitdespite the roll of the boat
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a complete rotation about its longitudinal axis by an aircraftControl the roll of the ball.
The rear sprocket will turn only twice for one turn of the pedals.
a spin of the roulette wheel
the daily rotation of the earth upon its axis
the necessary cycle of birth, growth, decay and death
The gear drives a wheel 1/10th revolution per cycle.
the whirl of snowflakes in the wind
with a twirl of his silver-handled cane
He continued his enthusiastic gyrations on stage.
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in the sense of billow
to rise up or swell outthe billowing sails
in the sense of bind
to bandageHer mother bound the wound with a rag soaked in iodine.
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