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Dictionary Definition



1 a grounder that rolls along the infield
2 a long heavy sea wave as it advances towards the shore [syn: roll, rolling wave]
3 a small wheel without spokes (as on a roller skate)
4 a cylinder that revolves
5 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" [syn: curler, hair curler, crimper]
6 Old World bird that tumbles or rolls in flight; related to kingfishers
7 pigeon that executes backward somersaults in flight or on the ground [syn: tumbler, tumbler pigeon]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Roller




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  1. anything that rolls
  2. any rotating cylindrical device that is part of a machine, especially one used to apply or reduce pressure
  3. a heavy rolling device used to flatten the surface of the pitch
  4. a large, wide, curling wave that falls back on itself as it breaks on a coast
  5. a cylindrical tool for applying paint or ink
  6. an agricultural machine used for flattening land and breaking up lumps of earth
  7. a tumbling pigeon
  8. any of various aggressive birds, of the family Coraciidae, having bright blue wings and hooked beaks
  9. (also written Roller) a car made by Rolls-Royce
  10. the police (old blues slang)
  11. a padded surcingle that is used on horses for training and vaulting


tool for applying paint or ink
aggressive bird



From roller.


  • /ʁolœʁ/


fr-noun m
  1. inline skates
    Il a eu sa première paire de rollers à l'âge de 8 ans.
  2. skating (with inline skates).
    J'adore faire du roller au moment du coucher du soleil.

Extensive Definition

The Rollers are an Old World family of near passerine birds. They resemble crows in size and build, but are more closely related to the kingfishers and bee-eaters. They share the colourful appearance of those groups, blues and browns predominating. The two inner front toes are connected, but not the outer one.
These are insect eaters, usually catching their prey in the air. They often perch prominently whilst hunting, like giant shrikes. The group gets its name from the aerial acrobatics some of these birds perform.
These are birds of warm climates. They nest in an unlined tree-hole, and lay 2-4 eggs.
The eleven species are:
Genus Coracias
Genus Eurystomus


  • Kingfishers, Bee-eaters and Rollers by Fry, Fry and Harris, ISBN 0-7136-8028-8

External links

roller in Danish: Ellekrager
roller in German: Racken
roller in Spanish: Coraciidae
roller in Esperanto: Koraciedoj
roller in French: Coraciidae
roller in Lithuanian: Žalvarniniai
roller in Dutch: Scharrelaars
roller in Japanese: ブッポウソウ科 (Sibley)
roller in Polish: Kraski (ptaki)
roller in Portuguese: Coraciidae
roller in Russian: Сизоворонковые
roller in Slovenian: Zlatovranke
roller in Swedish: Blåkråkor
roller in Turkish: Kuzgunkuşugiller
roller in Vietnamese: Họ chim Sả
roller in Chinese: 佛法僧科

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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