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Definitions for roster
ˈrɒs tərros·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. roll, rosternoun

    a list of names

    "his name was struck off the rolls"


  1. rosternoun

    A list of names, usually for an organization of some kind such as military officers and enlisted personnel enrolled in a particular unit; a muster roll; or a sports team, with the names of players who are eligible to be placed in the lineup for a particular game.

    Etymology: From rooster “gridiron”.

  2. rosternoun

    A list of the jobs to be done by members of an organization and often with the date/time that they are expected to do them.

    The secretary has produced a new cleaning roster for the Church over the remainder of the year.

    Etymology: From rooster “gridiron”.

  3. rosterverb

    The act of placing a name on a roster.

    I have rostered you for cleaning duties on the first Monday of each month.

    Etymology: From rooster “gridiron”.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rosternoun

    a register or roll showing the order in which officers, enlisted men, companies, or regiments are called on to serve

    Etymology: [Perhaps a corruption of register; or cf. roll.]


  1. Roster

    A roster is a list of names of people involved with some organization or assignment. It can be a list of people and additional information, like the times when they are required to work or a list of students in a classroom. The term roster is often used to describe participants of an event. The term is most commonly associated with sports. Examples are a team roster or depth chart in which the person's place on the team would be decided. The names of the places on a roster can be such terms as Starter or Backup, or for American football, First String, Second String, or Third String. A "railway roster" refers to a detailed list of the types and wheel arrangements of steam, diesel or electric locomotives based at a particular shed, or of model locomotives on a particular model railway. A roster is also used in video games. It is usually the amount of characters in the game. Most games have small rosters but fighting games may have large ones. Roster is also the name of the contact list for the Instant Messaging Protocol XMPP. A "Martini Roster" is based on the TV advertisement for the drink with the same name: "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere." This means management can make staff work whenever they want.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Roster

    ros′tėr, n. the list of individuals, or corps, kept by the various staff officers of the army to ensure the allotment of duties in proper rotation: (coll.) any roll of names. [Dut. rooster—L. register, a list.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. roster

    A rotation list of officers.

  2. roster

    A list for routine on any particular duty. (See ROLLSTER.)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. roster

    List of officers for duty. The principle which governs details for duty is from the eldest down; longest off duty first on duty. If an officer’s tour of duty for armed service, court-martial, or fatigue, happen when he is upon either duty, he is credited therewith. An officer returning from duty after sickness, takes the same place he had on the post roster before reporting sick; that being sick on the day of detail he gets the credit of the tour and awaits the return of his day, when, if well, he is again detailed. An officer returning from leave of absence is at once subject for detail. Customarily, an officer who returns from detached service is placed at the foot of the roster. The same rules should apply to non-commissioned officers and privates. A regiment or detachment detailed for any duty, receives credit for the duty when it marches off parade to perform the duty, but not if it is dismissed on parade. Officers on inlying pickets are subject to all details. In the British service, regiments proceed on foreign service according to the roster.

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  1. storer

  2. retros

  3. sorter

  4. resort

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of roster in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of roster in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of roster in a Sentence

  1. Stephen Silas:

    Guys are passing up good shots to get great shots, the selflessness of the group is shining through and it's a result of the roster that we have and the style of play that we have.

  2. John Wenrich:

    I grieve the loss of First Covenant Church of Minneapolis from the roster of Covenant churches, at the same time, I respect the discernment of the Annual Meeting. I hope this historic church someday changes its mind and then returns to our family.

  3. The LA Galaxy:

    We are committed to assembling the best roster that will compete for championships year in and year out, giovani is yet another testament to that effort by Mr. Anschutz and our ownership group, who have continued to provide every resource for us to win. We're proud to add Giovani to a list of great players who have represented The LA Galaxy.

  4. United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann:

    This roster really was put together based on what we saw over the last year, and it's one that makes us the strongest team possible to compete in Copa America and to hopefully surprise a lot of people, obviously when you get down and you decide on the final 23-man roster, there are very close, tight decisions to make. The moment when you decide, it's about definitely who you feel the strongest about.

  5. Skylar Diggins:

    We pivoted our roster construct from a few superstar players to one which would be a on-the-fly rebuild, we made a decision at the time of those players moving on, rather than take back other WNBA players I knew would be of lesser value to become a speculator to aggregate a number of draft picks.

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a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score
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