Main definitions of roller in English

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roller1

noun

  • 1A cylinder that rotates about a central axis and is used in various machines and devices to move, flatten, or spread something.

    ‘the sheets moved through rollers and down the folding machine’
    ‘use a roller to resettle turf laid during autumn and winter’
    • ‘The front-mounted roller is designed with unsharpened blades welded to a hollow cylinder drum that can be filled with water for additional weight.’
    • ‘You put a box in here, the apples run up a roller and this machine only sorts, it doesn't wash.’
    • ‘Sparks fly and steam rises when the bars hit rollers that squeeze the metal into I-beams and rails.’
    • ‘Product is palletized and moved over rollers and stored in one of the facility's freezers at - 18 degrees F.’
    • ‘Later refinements included calendered surfaces produced by passing sheets through rollers.’
    • ‘My life seemed as fixable as a thin, glass vase which is conveniently dropped at a height of a hundred meters over a concrete area, stamped on and then flattened by a couple of rollers.’
    • ‘Mounting wall maps on linen with rollers meant that they could be easily moved from one location to another.’
    • ‘The suspended cam design also allows the feed rollers to adjust their angle of attack according to tree size, so that a wide range of tree sizes end up in the same position in the head every time.’
    • ‘A thumb switch near the right handlebar engages the motor to press a roller on the motor shaft, which helps spin the tire.’
    • ‘The 1-piece rollers are chosen because they are cheaper since they are machined out of a single piece of metal.’
    • ‘Batch after batch failed; but finally they developed a process in which whole wheat was cooked, allowed to stand for several hours and passed through plain rollers, which flattened each grain into a flake.’
    • ‘To aid the process of working the butter, they produced this press with which lumps of butter were squeezed between the two quarter cylinder rollers to press out the buttermilk.’
    • ‘This resistance could be reduced if the fixed shafts of the rollers were rotated as they moved.’
    • ‘The crushing mechanism is made up of three shafts with three rollers mounted on each.’
    • ‘The lower part of the table is on rollers and when unlocked is moved out of the way.’
    • ‘Bed rollers close to the blade reduced the friction of timbers on the machined cast iron table.’
    • ‘A bit farther on, glowing one-ton ingots of steel thunder down rollers to be pressed into thin sheets.’
    • ‘The first plate is prepared, ink is spread on the rollers, paper is laid on the press bed and the machine rolls into action.’
    • ‘Someone might have oiled the rollers and idler pulley with too much oil or have gotten oil in some place it is not supposed to be.’
    • ‘Its two moving and two fixed feed rollers are hydraulically serial connected, and six delimbing knives ensure high quality logs.’
    1. 1.1 An absorbent revolving cylinder attached to a handle, used to apply paint.
      ‘further coats can be applied by brush or roller’
      • ‘Big sheets of paper cover the patio, and kid-safe paint, rollers, brushes, and stamps are everywhere.’
      • ‘Using a standard roller cover and paint tray apply the glaze to the wall starting at the ceiling and working your way down.’
      • ‘Beyond traditional brushes and rollers, there is a whole range of convenience painting tools.’
      • ‘We use spray or rollers to get the paint on the wall, but we finish it with paintbrushes.’
      • ‘Cheap rollers, pads, and brushes can cause a poor application.’
      • ‘It quickly and effectively removes all types of latex-based paint from painting equipment such as brushes, rollers and spray tips.’
      • ‘Water-based paint washes off rollers with lukewarm soapy water, but it's advisable to buy a few roller sleeves if you are using a number of colours.’
      • ‘Most painting projects require more than paint, brushes or rollers.’
      • ‘It can be applied using standard brushes, rollers or spray equipment, but to minimize the streaks and get the best color coverage, you'll probably find that foam brushes or spray equipment work best.’
      • ‘As she did, paint from the roller splattered all over him.’
      • ‘After sealing each gallon, he started to gather up the brushes and rollers, occasionally stepping in a puddle of paint.’
      • ‘Generally you can achieve very similar results with a paint pad or a short-nap roller.’
      • ‘Using a roller and black enamel paint, the stencil was applied 250 times on each of a hundred 48-inch-square canvases.’
      • ‘In contrast, western woodblock processes typically use oil-based inks applied by a roller onto the block.’
      • ‘I've managed to spend some of our money on the material needed to redo the downstairs: Paint, wallpaper, tarps, brushes, and rollers.’
      • ‘With rollers, purchase a handle with nylon bearings, a comfortable grip, a threaded hole for an extension, and a beveled end.’
      • ‘The sealer can usually be applied using a brush, roller or spray.’
      • ‘Applying orange paint with a small roller, he wove a continuous, scribblelike band of color throughout the 25-foot-high space.’
      • ‘During the final phases, he uses a roller to apply paint to the highest points of the surface and then uses small brushes to add highlights.’
      • ‘The artist uses masking tape and cardboard to construct a mold on a ground that has been prepared with clear medium applied with a roller.’
      colour, apply paint to, decorate, tint, dye, stain, distemper, whitewash, emulsion, gloss, spray, spray-paint, airbrush, roller, coat, cover
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    2. 1.2 A small cylinder around which hair is rolled in order to produce curls.
      ‘it's best to put rollers in when hair is slightly damp after washing’
      • ‘He also put my hair up in hot rollers, hair-sprayed the heck out of it, and when he was done, it was amazing: My hair was so big, I could be the envy of any mall rat!’
      • ‘Mariah grabbed the phone in a rush, cradling it between her ear and shoulder while putting a roller in her hair.’
      • ‘After using the curling iron or rollers, allow your hair to completely cool.’
      • ‘She was still in bed, pink plastic rollers in her hair, reading a beauty magazine.’
      • ‘The group stood frozen while a green faced blonde hair girl with rollers in her hair stood at the top stair.’
      • ‘Velcro rollers on damp hair afford the best no-fuss volume.’
      • ‘I take my hair out of the rollers and spritz it with shine spray.’
      • ‘I started applying light, silver shadows while the hair rollers heated up.’
      • ‘Whether using hot rollers or a blow dryer, apply hair spray after hair has cooled to maximize the style.’
      • ‘After setting the hair on large rollers and drying it under a hooded dryer, he says she ran her fingers through it to loosen the curls and create softness.’
      • ‘It's always this image with a landlady and landlord, with rollers in their hair.’
      • ‘Her brown hair was in rollers and she was also still in her nightgown.’
      • ‘Around your face, the rollers should be curled down toward your ears.’
      • ‘Curl with either rollers or curling iron, remove ponytail and brush out.’
      • ‘Watch how your hair is styled, what products are used, what kind of brushes, rollers, or styling irons your hairdresser uses so that you can replicate the look yourself.’
      • ‘Her hair was set in rollers, and her feet were snug in light green slippers.’
      • ‘Another thing to remember is that synthetic wigs cannot be styled with curling irons, hot rollers or blow dryers.’
      • ‘The only other patron is a middle-aged lady who's sitting on one of the barber chairs, her hair in permanent rollers while she flips through a magazine.’
      • ‘For those who love soft, easy tresses, using rollers instead of a curling iron to add texture is one of the most restful options around.’
      • ‘Her hair was in rollers and she had an avocado green clay mask on that was pulling her skin uncomfortably tight.’
    3. 1.3 A long surgical bandage rolled up for convenient application.
      • ‘He remained silent as Grace added the gauze and roller bandage.’
  • 2A long swelling wave that appears to roll steadily towards the shore.

    ‘the Atlantic rollers’
    • ‘The Pacific, he told her, being deeper, produced groundswells that made those of the Atlantic appear like rollers on a lake.’
    wave, breaker, comber, billow
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  • 3as modifier Relating to or involving roller skates.

    ‘roller hockey’
    • ‘Engineers unwind by playing roller hockey in the downstairs garage or racing remote-control blimps through the offices.’
    • ‘Part of me wanted to apologize to the man I had bumped into, but another part of me knew that I couldn't back down now if I wanted to become king of the roller disco.’
    • ‘The arenas are a frozen pond, a municipal rink, and even a street court for roller hockey.’
    • ‘And soon they were playing roller hockey in the basement.’
    • ‘I'm told the kids really go for roller disco these days.’
    • ‘The International Olympic Committee has decided not to add any sports to the schedule for the summer games, much to the disappointment of squash, rugby, karate, roller sports and golf.’
    • ‘Standing by are five sports that have been proposed as replacements - golf, sevens rugby, karate, roller sports and squash.’
    • ‘Founded in 1945, Riedell manufactures a complete line of skates, including figure, hockey, speed, roller and in-line skates.’
    • ‘Residents love their bikes; indoor roller hockey approaches a religious level; and even outdoor winter in-line skating has a cult following.’
    • ‘If you're going to ask someone out, ask him out for a drink, not pickup roller hockey.’
    • ‘But was there something deeper to roller disco than the novelty of dancing on skates?’
  • 4A brightly coloured crow-sized bird with predominantly blue plumage, having a characteristic tumbling display flight.

    Genera Coracias and Eurystomus, family Coraciidae: several species, especially the widespread European roller (C. garrulus)

    • ‘The delta, for example, has 325 species of birds - including spoonbills, European rollers and pelicans - and 160 of fish.’
    • ‘When this bird flies it's called a lilac-breasted roller because it rolls in the sky.’
  • 5A bird of a breed of tumbler pigeon.

  • 6A breed of canary with a trilling song.

Pronunciation

roller

/ˈrəʊlə/

Main definitions of roller in English

: roller1roller2

roller2

noun

British
informal
  • A car made by Rolls-Royce.

Pronunciation

roller

/ˈrəʊlə/