(b) Hence, an official or public document; a register; a record; also, a catalogue; a list.
The rolls of Parliament, the entry of the petitions, answers, and transactions in Parliament, are extant.Sir M. Hale.
The roll and list of that army doth remain.Sir J. Davies.
(c) A quantity of cloth wound into a cylindrical form; as, a roll of carpeting; a roll of ribbon. (d) A cylindrical
twist of tobacco.
4. A kind of shortened raised biscuit or bread, often rolled or doubled upon itself.
5. (Naut.) The oscillating movement of a vessel from side to side, in sea way, as distinguished from
the alternate rise and fall of bow and stern called pitching.
6. A heavy, reverberatory sound; as, the roll of cannon, or of thunder.
7. The uniform beating of a drum with strokes so rapid as scarcely to be distinguished by the ear.
8. Part; office; duty; rôle. [Obs.] L'Estrange.
Long roll (Mil.), a prolonged roll of the drums, as the signal of an attack by the enemy, and for the
troops to arrange themselves in line. Master of the rolls. See under Master. Roll call, the
act, or the time, of calling over a list names, as among soldiers. Rolls of court, of parliament the
parchments or rolls on which the acts and proceedings of that body are engrossed by the proper officer,
and which constitute the records of such public body. To call the roll, to call off or recite a list or
roll of names of persons belonging to an organization, in order to ascertain who are present or to obtain
responses from those present.
Syn. List; schedule; catalogue; register; inventory. See List.
(Roll"a*ble) a. Capable of being rolled.
1. One who, or that which, rolls; especially, a cylinder, sometimes grooved, of wood, stone, metal, etc.,
used in husbandry and the arts.
2. A bandage; a fillet; properly, a long and broad bandage used in surgery.
3. (Naut.) One of series of long, heavy waves which roll in upon a coast, sometimes in calm weather.
4. A long, belt-formed towel, to be suspended on a rolling cylinder; called also roller towel.
5. (Print.) 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.
6. A long cylinder on which something is rolled up; as, the roller of a man.
7. A small wheel, as of a caster, a roller skate, etc.
8. (Zoöl.) ANy insect whose larva rolls up leaves; a leaf roller. see Tortrix.
9. [CF. F. rollier.] (Zoöl.) 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.