What does roller mean?

Definitions for roller
ˈroʊ lərroller

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rollernoun

    a grounder that rolls along the infield

  2. roller, roll, rolling wavenoun

    a long heavy sea wave as it advances towards the shore

  3. rollernoun

    a small wheel without spokes (as on a roller skate)

  4. rollernoun

    a cylinder that revolves

  5. curler, hair curler, roller, crimpernoun

    a mechanical device consisting of a cylindrical tube around which the hair is wound to curl it

    "a woman with her head full of curlers is not a pretty sight"

  6. rollernoun

    Old World bird that tumbles or rolls in flight; related to kingfishers

  7. roller, tumbler, tumbler pigeonnoun

    pigeon that executes backward somersaults in flight or on the ground


  1. rollernoun

    anything that rolls

  2. rollernoun

    any rotating cylindrical device that is part of a machine, especially one used to apply or reduce pressure

  3. rollernoun

    a heavy rolling device used to flatten the surface of the pitch

  4. rollernoun

    a large, wide, curling wave that falls back on itself as it breaks on a coast

  5. rollernoun

    a cylindrical tool for applying paint or ink

  6. rollernoun

    an agricultural machine used for flattening land and breaking up lumps of earth

  7. rollernoun

    a bread or variety of roller pigeon that rolls (i.e. tumbles or somersaults) backwards (cf. Penson roller, Birmingham roller, tumbler, tumbler pigeon, English Short Faced Tumbler, English Long Faced Tumbler)

  8. rollernoun

    any of various aggressive birds, of the family Coraciidae, having bright blue wings and hooked beaks

  9. rollernoun

    (also written Roller) a car made by Rolls-Royce

  10. rollernoun

    the police (old blues slang)

  11. rollernoun

    a padded surcingle that is used on horses for training and vaulting

  12. rollernoun

    A roll of titles or (especially) credits played over film or video; television or film credits.

  13. Rollernoun

    A Rolls-Royce car

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rollernoun

    one who, or that which, rolls; especially, a cylinder, sometimes grooved, of wood, stone, metal, etc., used in husbandry and the arts

  2. Rollernoun

    a bandage; a fillet; properly, a long and broad bandage used in surgery

  3. Rollernoun

    one of series of long, heavy waves which roll in upon a coast, sometimes in calm weather

  4. Rollernoun

    a long, belt-formed towel, to be suspended on a rolling cylinder; -- called also roller towel

  5. Rollernoun

    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

  6. Rollernoun

    a long cylinder on which something is rolled up; as, the roller of a man

  7. Rollernoun

    a small wheel, as of a caster, a roller skate, etc

  8. Rollernoun

    aNy insect whose larva rolls up leaves; a leaf roller. see Tortrix

  9. Rollernoun

    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. Rollernoun

    any species of small ground snakes of the family Tortricidae

  11. Etymology: [CF. F. rollier.]


  1. Roller

    The rollers are an Old World family, Coraciidae, of near passerine birds. The group gets its name from the aerial acrobatics some of these birds perform during courtship or territorial flights. Rollers resemble crows in size and build, and share the colourful appearance of kingfishers and bee-eaters, blues and pinkish or cinnamon browns predominating. The two inner front toes are connected, but not the outer one. They are mainly insect eaters, with Eurystomus species taking their prey on the wing, and those of the genus Coracias diving from a perch to catch food items from on the ground, like giant shrikes. Although living rollers are birds of warm climates in the Old World, fossil records show that rollers were present in North America during the Eocene. They are monogamous and nest in an unlined hole in a tree or in masonry, and lay 2–4 eggs in the tropics, 3–6 at higher latitudes. The eggs, which are white, hatch after 17–20 days, and the young remain in the nest for approximately another 30 days.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. roller

    A mighty oceanic swell said to precurse the northers of the Atlantic, and felt in great violence at Tristan d'Acunha, where H.M.S. Lily foundered with all hands in consequence, and several vessels at St. Helena have been driven from their anchors and wrecked. These waves roll in from the north, and do not break till they reach soundings, when they evince terrific power, rising from 5 to 15 feet above the usual level of the waters. A connection with volcanoes has been suggested as a cause.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Roller is ranked #4492 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Roller surname appeared 7,894 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Roller.

    91.1% or 7,197 total occurrences were White.
    2.2% or 176 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.1% or 170 total occurrences were Black.
    2% or 164 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 129 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.7% or 58 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of roller in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of roller in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of roller in a Sentence

  1. Bernardo Castro:

    These kids should be having fun living out their childhood, enjoying trips to the amusement park, but the political bickering has made their life a cruel roller coaster. Roughly 4.5 million children under the age of 18 live in mixed-status homes, with one family member being undocumented.

  2. Niek Kimmann:

    This week has been an emotional roller coaster, the crash with the official, I thought my week was over, basically. But after getting the MRI results, we realized it would be possible. It wouldn't be comfortable, but it was possible.

  3. Paul Rozin:

    People come to like a wide variety of innately negative experiences: the burn of chili pepper in the mouth, the bitterness of coffee, the fear from riding on a roller coaster, such benign masochism is widespread in humans, and we really don't know how that process operates.

  4. Discovery Channel star Dave Turin:

    It was the worst low I have experienced in gold-mining in the middle of the season. But it gets better, we make a comeback. It’s a huge roller-coaster ride that we are taking the viewers on.

  5. Robert Williams:

    It’s a roller coaster, when you’re in the playoffs, and you have time in between games, you ca n’t even imagine the thought processes that go into what your rotation is going to be like, how it’s going to affect the team, making the right decision on who to fill those minutes for that particular player. There’s a lot that goes on.

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Translations for roller

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  • أسطوانةArabic
  • чIобChechen
  • Tümmlertaube, Ostpreußischer Werfer, Orientalische Rollertaube, Orientalischer Roller, Roller, Werfer, Racke, Rollertaube, TümmlerGerman
  • rodillo, carracaSpanish
  • pyörittäjä, lopputekstit, sininärhi, jyrä, tela, rulla, vikellysvyö, maininki, RollsFinnish
  • rollier, rouleauFrench
  • csörgőmadár, szalakótaHungarian
  • rúllaIcelandic
  • cavalloneItalian
  • cylindroLatin
  • gáagii naashchʼąąʼígííNavajo, Navaho
  • колёсико, ва́лик, вал, ро́лик, ту́рман, буру́н, сизоворо́нкаRussian
  • zlatovranaSerbo-Croatian
  • rollerSwedish
  • korak, jikorakül, hikorakül, korakül, jikorak, hikorakVolapük

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    a rugged box (usually made of wood); used for shipping
    • A. muddle
    • B. elan
    • C. crate
    • D. sweep

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