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Noun roller has 7 senses


  •  One who, or that which, rolls; especially, a cylinder, sometimes grooved, of wood, stone, metal, etc., used in husbandry and the arts.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A bandage; a fillet; properly, a long and broad bandage used in surgery.  [1913 Webster]
  •  One of series of long, heavy waves which roll in upon a coast, sometimes in calm weather.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A long, belt-formed towel, to be suspended on a rolling cylinder; -- called also roller towel.  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A long cylinder on which something is rolled up; as, the roller of a map.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A small wheel, as of a caster, a roller skate, etc.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Any insect whose larva rolls up leaves; a leaf roller. see Tortrix.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Any one of numerous species of Old World picarian birds of the family Coraciadæ. The name alludes to their habit of suddenly turning over or “tumbling” in flight.  [1913 Webster]
    " Many of the species are brilliantly colored. The common European species (Coracias garrula) has the head, neck, and under parts light blue varied with green, the scapulars chestnut brown, and the tail blue, green, and black. The broad-billed rollers of India and Africa belong to the genus Eurystomus, as the oriental roller (Eurystomus orientalis), and the Australian roller, or dollar bird (Eurystomus Pacificus). The latter is dark brown on the head and neck, sea green on the back, and bright blue on the throat, base of the tail, and parts of the wings. It has a silvery-white spot on the middle of each wing. The lilac-breasted roller of Africa is Corcia caudata caudata, a brightly colored bird of the family Corciidae having malachite green, blue, purple-lilac, brown and sea-green feathers from head to tail; it is a popular sight with tourists in Africa."  [1913 Webster]

    Zimbabwe Menu

    The Lilac-breasted Roller (also lilacbreasted roller, Coracias caudata) is a common resident in large parts of the Southern African region including Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and parts of South Africa.
    They are found in a variety of woodland types and will usually be seen hawking for insects from a favoured position in a tall tree, telephone pole or similar vantage point. They tend to be quite noisy when carrying out their characteristic aerobatic display. The Lilacbreasted Roller differs from its Racket-tailed cousin in that it has pointed tail feathers not spatulate tips. The latter bird is less well distributed than the Lilacbreasted and favours moist broad-leafed woodland and hill country.

    Lilac breasted roller from an alternative photographic view of Victoria Falls by Chris Worden.
    Taken from the Web site of the Zambezi Safari and Travel Co., Ltd.
  •  Any species of small ground snakes of the family Tortricidæ.  [1913 Webster]
Ground roller (Zoöl.), 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.


roller, n.
1 a a hard revolving cylinder for smoothing the ground, spreading ink or paint, crushing or stamping, rolling up cloth on, hanging a towel on, etc., used alone or as a rotating part of a machine. b a cylinder for diminishing friction when moving a heavy object.
2 a small cylinder on which hair is rolled for setting.
3 a long swelling wave.
4 (also roller bandage) a long surgical bandage rolled up for convenient application.
5 a kind of tumbler-pigeon.
6 a any brilliantly plumaged bird of the family Coraciidae, with characteristic tumbling display-flight. b a breed of canary with a trilling song.

roller bearing a bearing like a ball-bearing but with small cylinders instead of balls. roller-coaster n. a switchback at a fair etc.
--adj. that goes up and down, or changes, suddenly and repeatedly.
--v.intr. (or roller-coast) go up and down or change in this way. roller-skate see SKATE(1). roller-skater a person who roller-skates. roller towel a towel with the ends joined, hung on a roller.



Ace bandage, Band-Aid, abradant, abrasive, adhesive tape, application, band, bandage, bandaging, barrel, billow, binder, bole, bore, brace, breaker, breakers, burnish, calender, carousel, cask, cast, cataplasm, cheese grater, chop, choppiness, chopping sea, column, comb, comber, comminutor, compress, cotton, court plaster, cravat, crusher, cylinder, cylindroid, dirty water, disk, dressing, drum, eagre, elastic bandage, epithem, four-tailed bandage, gauze, granulator, grater, gravity wave, grinder, ground swell, heave, heavy sea, heavy swell, kominuter, lawn-roller, levigator, lift, lint, lop, mangle, masher, merry-go-round, mill, millstone, mortar and pestle, nutmeg grater, peak, pestle, pillar, pipe, plaster, plaster cast, pledget, polish, popple, poultice, pulverizer, quern, quernstone, riffle, ripple, rise, rock crusher, roll, roller bandage, rolling stone, rotator, rotor, rough water, rouleau, roundabout, rubber bandage, rundle, scend, sea, send, shredder, sleeker, slicker, sling, smooth, smoother, splint, sponge, steamroller, stupe, surf, surge, swell, tampon, tape, tent, tidal bore, tidal wave, tide wave, top, tourniquet, triangular bandage, triturator, trough, trunk, tsunami, tube, undulation, water wave, wave, wavelet, wheel, whirlabout, whirler, whirligig, white horses, whitecaps, windlass, wringer




N connection, vinculum, link, connective, connection, junction, bond of union, copula, hyphen, intermedium, bracket, bridge, stepping-stone, isthmus, bond, tendon, tendril, fiber, cord, cordage, riband, ribbon, rope, guy, cable, line, halser, hawser, painter, moorings, wire, chain, string, fastener, fastening, tie, ligament, ligature, strap, tackle, rigging, standing rigging, running rigging, traces, harness, yoke, band ribband, bandage, brace, roller, fillet, inkle, with, withe, withy, thong, braid, girder, tiebeam, girth, girdle, cestus, garter, halter, noose, lasso, surcingle, knot, running knot, cabestro, cinch, lariat, legadero, oxreim, suspenders, pin, corking pin, nail, brad, tack, skewer, staple, corrugated fastener, clamp, U-clamp, C-clamp, cramp, cramp iron, ratchet, detent, larigo, pawl, terret, treenail, screw, button, buckle, clasp, hasp, hinge, hank, catch, latch, bolt, latchet, tag, tooth, hook, hook and eye, lock, holdfast, padlock, rivet, anchor, grappling iron, trennel, stake, post, cement, glue, gum, paste, size, wafer, solder, lute, putty, birdlime, mortar, stucco, plaster, grout, viscum, shackle, rein, prop.


N rotundity, roundness, cylindricity, sphericity, spheroidity, globosity, cylinder, cylindroid, cylindrical, barrel, drum, roll, roller, rouleau, column, rolling-pin, rundle, cone, conoid, pear shape, egg shape, bell shape, sphere, globe, ball, boulder, bowlder, spheroid, ellipsoid, oblong spheroid, oblate spheroid, prolate spheroid, drop, spherule, globule, vesicle, bulb, bullet, pellet, pelote, clew, pill, marble, pea, knob, pommel, horn, knot (convolution), curved surface, hypersphere, hyperdimensional surface, rotund, round, cylindric, cylindrical, cylindroid, columnar, lumbriciform, conic, conical, spherical, spheroidal, globular, globated, globous, globose, egg shaped, bell shaped, pear shaped, ovoid, oviform, gibbous, rixiform, campaniform, campanulate, campaniliform, fungiform, bead-like, moniliform, pyriform, bulbous, tres atque rotundus, round as an orange, round as an apple, round as a ball, round as a billiard ball, round as a cannon ball.


N smoothness, polish, gloss, lubricity, lubrication, down, velvet, velure, silk, satin, velveteen, velour, velours, velumen, glass, ice, slide, bowling green, asphalt, wood pavement, flagstone, flags, roller, steam roller, lawn roller, rolling pin, rolling mill, sand paper, emery paper, emery cloth, sander, flat iron, sad iron, burnisher, turpentine and beeswax, polish, shoe polish, lapidary, lapidary, lapidarian, smooth, polished, leiodermatous, slick, velutinous, even, level, plane, sleek, glossy, silken, silky, lanate, downy, velvety, glabrous, slippery, glassy, lubricous, oily, soft, unwrinkled, smooth as glass, smooth as ice, smooth as monumental alabaster, smooth as velvet, smooth as oil, slippery as an eel, woolly, smooth as silk, slippery as coonshit on a pump handle, slippery as a greased pig.


N rotation, revolution, spinning, gyration, turning about an axis, turning aound an axis, circulation, roll, circumrotation, circumvolution, circumgyration, volutation, circination, turbination, pirouette, convolution, verticity, whir, whirl, eddy, vortex, whirlpool, gurge, countercurrent, Maelstrom, Charybdis, Ixion, cyclone, tornado, whirlwind, dust devil, spin-out, axis, axis of rotation, swivel, pivot, pivot point, axle, spindle, pin, hinge, pole, arbor, bobbin, mandrel, axle shaft, gymbal, hub, hub of rotation, helix, helical motion, angular momentum, angular velocity, revolutions per minute, RPM, centrifugal force, surge, vertigo, dizzy round, coriolus force, carousel, merry-go-round, Ferris wheel, top, dreidel, teetotum, gyroscope, turntable, lazy suzan, screw, whirligig, rollingstone, water wheel, windmill, wheel, pulley wheel, roulette wheel, potter's wheel, pinwheel, gear, roller, flywheel, jack, caster, centrifuge, ultracentrifuge, bench centrifuge, refrigerated centrifuge, gas centrifuge, microfuge, drill, augur, oil rig, wagon wheel, wheel, tire, tyre, trochilics, whirling dervish, rotating, rotary, rotary, circumrotatory, trochilic, vertiginous, gyratory, vortical, vorticose, head over heels, round and round, like a horse in a mill.

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