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Roll vs. Reel: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
Roll refers to turning over and over on an axis or to move in a particular direction, whereas reel involves winding or unwinding on a cylindrical device, or feeling unsteady or dizzy.
Roll vs. Reel

Key Differences

Roll can mean to move by turning over and over or to wrap something around itself. Reel, on the other hand, refers to winding something onto a spool or cylinder, or to be thrown off balance.
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In the context of movement, to roll implies a smooth, continuous motion, often in a circular manner. Reel, however, can describe a staggered, unsteady motion, or the act of winding or unwinding a line or film.
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Roll is also used in the culinary world to describe a type of bread or pastry. Reel is used in the context of fishing to refer to a device for winding and unwinding fishing line.
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Musically, a roll can refer to a rapid succession of drumbeats. In cinema or photography, a reel refers to a spool of film or the film itself.
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Roll can have a metaphorical meaning, implying the start of an event or process. Reel, metaphorically, can mean to feel overwhelmed or disoriented.
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Comparison Chart

Basic Meaning

Turning over and over or moving in a direction
Winding on a cylinder or feeling unsteady
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Contextual Usage

Movement, bread, drumbeat, start of an event
Fishing device, film, feeling overwhelmed
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Physical Motion

Smooth, continuous rotation
Staggered motion or winding/unwinding action
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Non-Physical Meaning

Metaphorically implies starting or progressing
Metaphorically refers to disorientation
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Industry Association

Culinary, music, general motion
Fishing, cinema, photography
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Roll and Reel Definitions

Roll

To move by turning over and over on an axis.
The ball rolled down the hill.
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Reel

To wind or unwind on a spool or cylinder.
He reeled in the fishing line.
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Roll

To wrap something around itself.
She rolled the yarn into a ball.
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Reel

A spool of film in cinema.
The old movie was stored on several reels.
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Roll

To begin and proceed rapidly.
Once the project was approved, things started to roll.
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Reel

A device, such as a cylinder, spool, or frame, that turns on an axis and is used for winding and storing rope, tape, film, or other flexible materials.
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Roll

To move forward along a surface by revolving on an axis or by repeatedly turning over.
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Reel

A cylindrical device attached to a fishing rod to let out or wind up the line.
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Roll

To travel or be moved on wheels or rollers
Rolled down the sidewalk on their scooters.
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Reel

The quantity of wire, film, or other material wound on one reel.
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Roll

To travel around; wander
Roll from town to town.
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Reel

A set of curved lawnmower blades that rotate around a bar parallel to the ground, cutting grass while moving against a stationary straight blade.
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Roll

To travel or be carried in a vehicle.
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Reel

A staggering, swaying, or whirling movement.
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Roll

To be carried on a stream
The logs rolled down the cascading river.
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Reel

A moderately fast dance of Scottish origin.
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Roll

To start to move or operate
The press wouldn't roll.
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Reel

The Virginia reel.
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Roll

To work or succeed in a sustained way; gain momentum
The political campaign finally began to roll.
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Reel

The music for one of these dances.
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Roll

To go by; elapse
The days rolled along.
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Reel

A handheld hammer used in a quarry for shaping granite blocks.
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Roll

To recur. Often used with around
Summer has rolled around again.
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Reel

To wind on or let out from a reel.
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Roll

To move in a periodic revolution, as a planet in its orbit.
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Reel

To recover by winding on a reel
Reel in a large fish.
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Roll

To turn over and over
The puppy rolled in the mud.
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Reel

To be thrown off balance or fall back
Reeled from the sharp blow.
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Roll

To shift the gaze usually quickly and continually
The child's eyes rolled with fright.
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Reel

To stagger, lurch, or sway, as from drunkenness
Reeled down the alley.
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Roll

To turn around or revolve on an axis.
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Reel

To go round and round in a whirling motion
Gulls reeling and diving.
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Roll

To move or advance with a rising and falling motion; undulate
The waves rolled toward shore.
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Reel

To feel dizzy
My head reeled with the facts and figures.
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Roll

To extend or appear to extend in gentle rises and falls
The dunes roll to the sea.
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Reel

To cause to reel.
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Roll

To move or rock from side to side
The ship pitched and rolled in heavy seas.
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Reel

A shaky or unsteady gait.
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Roll

To walk with a swaying, unsteady motion.
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Reel

A lively dance originating in Scotland; also, the music of this dance; often called a Scottish (or Scotch) reel.
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Roll

(Slang) To experience periodic rushes after taking an intoxicating drug, especially MDMA.
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Reel

A kind of spool, turning on an axis, on which yarn, threads, lines, or the like, are wound.
A log reel, used by seamen
An angler's reel
A garden reel
Nudge the fruit machine reel
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Roll

To take the shape of a ball or cylinder
Yarn rolls easily.
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Reel

(agriculture) A device consisting of radial arms with horizontal stats, connected with a harvesting machine, for holding the stalks of grain in position to be cut by the knives.
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Roll

To become flattened by pressure applied by a roller.
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Reel

(film) A short compilation of sample film work used as a demonstrative resume in the entertainment industry.
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Roll

To make a deep, prolonged, surging sound
Thunder rolled in the distance.
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Reel

To wind on a reel.
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Roll

To make a sustained trilling sound, as certain birds do.
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Reel

To spin or revolve repeatedly.
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Roll

To beat a drum in a continuous series of short blows.
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Reel

To unwind, to bring or acquire something by spinning or winding something else.
He reeled off some tape from the roll and sealed the package.
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Roll

To pour, flow, or move in a continual stream
Tourists rolling into the city.
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Reel

To walk shakily or unsteadily; to stagger; move as if drunk or not in control of oneself.
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Roll

To enjoy ample amounts
Rolled in the money.
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Reel

To back off, step away, or sway backwards unsteadily and suddenly.
He reeled back from the punch.
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Roll

To cause to move forward along a surface by revolving on an axis or by repeatedly turning over.
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Reel

To make or cause to reel.
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Roll

To move or push along on wheels or rollers
Rolled the plane out of the hangar.
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Reel

To have a whirling sensation; to be giddy.
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Roll

To impel or send onward in a steady, swelling motion
The sea rolls its waves onto the sand.
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Reel

To be in shock.
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Roll

To impart a swaying, rocking motion to
Heavy seas rolled the ship.
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Reel

To produce a mechanical insect-like song, as in grass warblers.
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Roll

To turn around or partly turn around; rotate
Rolled his head toward the door.
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Reel

(obsolete) To roll.
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Roll

To cause to begin moving or operating
Roll the cameras.
Roll the presses.
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Reel

A lively dance of the Highlanders of Scotland; also, the music to the dance; - often called Scotch reel.
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Roll

To extend or lay out
Rolled out a long rope.
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Reel

A frame with radial arms, or a kind of spool, turning on an axis, on which yarn, threads, lines, or the like, are wound; as, a log reel, used by seamen; an angler's reel; a garden reel.
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Roll

To pronounce or utter with a trill
You must roll your r's in Spanish.
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Reel

A machine on which yarn is wound and measured into lays and hanks, - for cotton or linen it is fifty-four inches in circuit; for worsted, thirty inches.
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Roll

To utter or emit in full, swelling tones.
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Reel

A device consisting of radial arms with horizontal stats, connected with a harvesting machine, for holding the stalks of grain in position to be cut by the knives.
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Roll

To beat (a drum) with a continuous series of short blows.
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Reel

The act or motion of reeling or staggering; as, a drunken reel.
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Roll

To wrap (something) round and round upon itself or around something else. Often used with up
Roll up a poster.
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Reel

To roll.
And Sisyphus an huge round stone did reel.
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Roll

To envelop or enfold in a covering
Roll dirty laundry in a sheet.
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Reel

To wind upon a reel, as yarn or thread.
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Roll

To make by shaping into a ball or cylinder
Roll a cigarette.
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Reel

To incline, in walking, from one side to the other; to stagger.
They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man.
He, with heavy fumes oppressed,Reeled from the palace, and retired to rest.
The wagons reeling under the yellow sheaves.
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Roll

To spread, compress, or flatten by applying pressure with a roller
Roll pastry dough.
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Reel

To have a whirling sensation; to be giddy.
In these lengthened vigils his brain often reeled.
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Roll

(Printing) To apply ink to (type) with a roller or rollers.
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Reel

A roll of photographic film holding a series of frames to be projected by a movie projector
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Roll

(Games) To throw (dice), as in craps.
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Reel

Music composed for dancing a reel
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Roll

(Slang) To rob (a drunken, sleeping, or otherwise helpless person).
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Reel

Winder consisting of a revolving spool with a handle; attached to a fishing rod
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Roll

The act or an instance of rolling.
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Reel

A winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound
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Roll

Something rolled up
A roll of tape.
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Reel

A lively dance of Scottish highlanders; marked by circular moves and gliding steps
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Roll

A quantity, as of cloth or wallpaper, rolled into a cylinder and often considered as a unit of measure.
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Reel

An American country dance which starts with the couples facing each other in two lines
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Roll

A piece of parchment or paper that may be or is rolled up; a scroll.
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Reel

Walk as if unable to control one's movements;
The drunken man staggered into the room
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Roll

A register or a catalogue.
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Reel

Revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis;
The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy
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Roll

A list of names of persons belonging to a group.
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Reel

Wind onto or off a reel
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Roll

A mass in cylindrical or rounded form
A roll of tobacco.
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Reel

To be thrown off balance or feel dizzy.
She reeled from the shocking news.
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Roll

A small loaf of bread, portioned for one individual and often served as a side dish or appetizer or used to make a sandwich.
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Reel

A device for winding fishing line.
He attached a new reel to his fishing rod.
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Roll

A portion of food wrapped around a filling
Cinnamon roll.
Sushi roll.
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Reel

To feel overwhelmed or disoriented.
He reeled under the weight of responsibility.
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Roll

A rolling, swaying, or rocking motion.
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Roll

A gentle swell or undulation of a surface
The roll of the plains.
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Roll

A deep reverberation or rumble
The roll of thunder.
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Roll

A rapid succession of short sounds
The roll of a drum.
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Roll

A trill
The roll of his r's.
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Roll

A resonant, rhythmical flow of words.
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Roll

A roller, especially a cylinder on which to roll something up or with which to flatten something.
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Roll

An amount of rotation around a longitudinal axis, as of an aircraft or boat.
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Roll

A maneuver in which an airplane makes a single complete rotation about its longitudinal axis without changing direction or losing altitude.
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Roll

(Slang) Money, especially a wad of paper money.
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Roll

(transitive) To cause to revolve by turning over and over; to move by turning on an axis; to impel forward by causing to turn over and over on a supporting surface.
To roll a wheel, a ball, or a barrel.
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Roll

(intransitive) To turn over and over.
The child will roll on the floor.
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Roll

(intransitive) To tumble in gymnastics; to do a somersault.
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Roll

(transitive) To wrap (something) round on itself; to form into a spherical or cylindrical body by causing to turn over and over.
To roll a sheet of paper; to roll clay or putty into a ball.
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Roll

(transitive) To bind or involve by winding, as in a bandage; to enwrap; often with up.
To roll up the map for shipping.
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Roll

(intransitive) To be wound or formed into a cylinder or ball.
The cloth rolls unevenly; the snow rolls well.
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Roll

(ergative) To drive or impel forward with an easy motion, as of rolling.
This river will roll its waters to the ocean.
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Roll

(ergative) To utter copiously, especially with sounding words; to utter with a deep sound; — often with forth, or out.
To roll forth someone's praises; to roll out sentences.
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(transitive) To press or level with a roller; to spread or form with a roll, roller, or rollers.
To roll a field;
To roll paste;
To roll steel rails.
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Roll

(intransitive) To spread itself under a roller or rolling-pin.
The pastry rolls well.
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Roll

(ergative) To move, or cause to be moved, upon, or by means of, rollers or small wheels.
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Roll

To leave or begin a journey.
I want to get there early; let's roll.
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Roll

To compete, especially with vigor.
OK guys, we're only down by two points. Let's roll!
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Roll

(transitive) To beat with rapid, continuous strokes, as a drum; to sound a roll upon.
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Roll

(geometry) To apply (one line or surface) to another without slipping; to bring all the parts of (one line or surface) into successive contact with another, in such a manner that at every instant the parts that have been in contact are equal.
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(transitive) To turn over in one's mind; to revolve.
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Roll

To behave in a certain way; to adopt a general disposition toward a situation.
I was going to kick his ass, but he wasn't worth getting all worked up over; I don't roll like that.
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Roll

To throw dice.
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Roll

To roll dice such that they form a given pattern or total.
If you roll doubles, you get an extra turn.
With two dice, you're more likely to roll seven than ten.
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Roll

(RPG) To create a new character in a role-playing game, especially by using dice to determine properties.
I'm gonna go and roll a new shaman tonight.
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Roll

To generate a random number.
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Roll

To rotate about the fore-and-aft axis, causing its sides to go up and down. Compare pitch.
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Roll

To travel by sailing.
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Roll

(transitive) To beat up; to assault.
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Roll

To cause to betray secrets or to testify for the prosecution.
The feds rolled him by giving him a free pass for most of what he'd done.
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Roll

To betray secrets.
He rolled on those guys after being in jail two days.
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Roll

To be under the influence of MDMA (a psychedelic stimulant, also known as ecstasy).
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Roll

To (cause to) film.
The cameras are rolling.
It's time to roll the cameras.
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Roll

To slip past (a defender) with the ball.
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Roll

(intransitive) To have a rolling aspect.
The hills rolled on
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Roll

To perform a periodical revolution; to move onward as with a revolution.
The years roll on.
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Roll

(intransitive) To move, like waves or billows, with alternate swell and depression.
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To move and cause an effect on someone
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(intransitive) To make a loud or heavy rumbling noise.
The thunder rolled and the lightning flashed.
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Roll

(transitive) To utter with an alveolar trill.
Many languages roll their r's.
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To enrobe in toilet-paper (as a prank or spectacle).
The kids rolled the principal's house and yard.
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Roll

(transitive) To create a customized version of.
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Roll

2010, page 208, [https://books.google.com/books?id=Io7hHlVN3qQC&pg=PA208&dq=%22roll%22]
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Roll

To engage in sparring in the context of jujitsu or other grappling disciplines.
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To load ocean freight cargo onto a vessel other than the one it was meant to sail on.
Containers will be rolled to another mother vessel.
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Roll

The act or result of rolling, or state of being rolled.
The roll of a ball
Look at the roll of the waves.
The roll of her eyes
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A forward or backward roll in gymnastics; going head over heels. A tumble.
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Roll

Something which rolls.
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Roll

A heavy cylinder used to break clods.
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One of a set of revolving cylinders, or rollers, between which metal is pressed, formed, or smoothed, as in a rolling mill.
To pass rails through the rolls
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A swagger or rolling gait.
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A heavy, reverberatory sound.
Hear the roll of cannon.
There was a roll of thunder and the rain began to pour down.
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The uniform beating of a drum with strokes so rapid as scarcely to be distinguished by the ear.
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The oscillating movement of a nautical vessel as it rotates from side to side, about its fore-and-aft axis, causing its sides to go up and down, as distinguished from the alternate rise and fall of bow and stern called pitching; or the equivalent in an aircraft.
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(nautical) The measure or extent to which a vessel rotates from side to side, about its fore-and-aft axis.
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The rotation angle about the longitudinal axis.
Calculate the roll of that aircraft.
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Roll

An instance of the act of rolling an aircraft through one or more complete rotations about its longitudinal axis.
The pilots entertained the spectators at the airshow by doing multiple rolls.
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Roll

The act of, or total resulting from, rolling one or more dice.
Make your roll.
Whoever gets the highest roll moves first.
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Roll

A winning streak of continuing luck, especially at gambling and especially in the phrase on a roll.
He is on a roll tonight.
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Roll

A training match for a fighting dog.
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An instance of the act of righting a canoe or kayak which has capsized, without exiting the watercraft, or being assisted.
That was a good roll.
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(paddlesport) The skill of righting a canoe or kayak which has capsized, without exiting the watercraft, or being assisted.
She has a bombproof roll.
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Roll

(finance) Any of various financial instruments or transactions that involve opposite positions at different expiries, "rolling" a position from one expiry to another.
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Roll

That which is rolled up.
A roll of fat, of wool, paper, cloth, etc.
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A document written on a piece of parchment, paper, or other materials which may be rolled up; a scroll.
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An official or public document; a register; a record.
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A catalogue or list, (especially) one kept for official purposes.
Several people sued the state after finding out that they'd been removed from the voter rolls for having died, despite their not actually being dead.
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Roll

A quantity of cloth wound into a cylindrical form.
A roll of carpeting; a roll of ribbon
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Roll

A cylindrical twist of tobacco.
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A kind of shortened raised biscuit or bread, often rolled or doubled upon itself; see also bread roll.
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Roll

(obsolete) A part; an office; a duty; a role.
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A measure of parchments, containing five dozen.
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Roll

To cause to revolve by turning over and over; to move by turning on an axis; to impel forward by causing to turn over and over on a supporting surface; as, to roll a wheel, a ball, or a barrel.
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To wrap round on itself; to form into a spherical or cylindrical body by causing to turn over and over; as, to roll a sheet of paper; to roll parchment; to roll clay or putty into a ball.
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Roll

To bind or involve by winding, as in a bandage; to inwrap; - often with up; as, to roll up a parcel.
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To drive or impel forward with an easy motion, as of rolling; as, a river rolls its waters to the ocean.
The flood of Catholic reaction was rolled over Europe.
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To utter copiously, esp. with sounding words; to utter with a deep sound; - often with forth, or out; as, to roll forth some one's praises; to roll out sentences.
Who roll'd the psalm to wintry skies.
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Roll

To press or level with a roller; to spread or form with a roll, roller, or rollers; as, to roll a field; to roll paste; to roll steel rails, etc.
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Roll

To move, or cause to be moved, upon, or by means of, rollers or small wheels.
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Roll

To beat with rapid, continuous strokes, as a drum; to sound a roll upon.
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Roll

To apply (one line or surface) to another without slipping; to bring all the parts of (one line or surface) into successive contact with another, in suck manner that at every instant the parts that have been in contact are equal.
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Roll

To turn over in one's mind; to revolve.
Full oft in heart he rolleth up and downThe beauty of these florins new and bright.
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To move, as a curved object may, along a surface by rotation without sliding; to revolve upon an axis; to turn over and over; as, a ball or wheel rolls on the earth; a body rolls on an inclined plane.
And her foot, look you, is fixed upon a spherical stone, which rolls, and rolls, and rolls.
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Roll

To move on wheels; as, the carriage rolls along the street.
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Roll

To be wound or formed into a cylinder or ball; as, the cloth rolls unevenly; the snow rolls well.
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Roll

To fall or tumble; - with over; as, a stream rolls over a precipice.
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To perform a periodical revolution; to move onward as with a revolution; as, the rolling year; ages roll away.
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To turn; to move circularly.
And his red eyeballs roll with living fire.
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To move, as waves or billows, with alternate swell and depression.
What different sorrows did within thee roll.
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Roll

To incline first to one side, then to the other; to rock; as, there is a great difference in ships about rolling; in a general semse, to be tossed about.
Twice ten tempestuous nights I rolled.
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Roll

To turn over, or from side to side, while lying down; to wallow; as, a horse rolls.
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To spread under a roller or rolling-pin; as, the paste rolls well.
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To beat a drum with strokes so rapid that they can scarcely be distinguished by the ear.
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To make a loud or heavy rumbling noise; as, the thunder rolls.
Man shall not suffer his wife go roll about.
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Roll

The act of rolling, or state of being rolled; as, the roll of a ball; the roll of waves.
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Roll

That which rolls; a roller.
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Roll

That which is rolled up; as, a roll of fat, of wool, paper, cloth, etc.
Busy angels spreadThe lasting roll, recording what we say.
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Roll

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.
The roll and list of that army doth remain.
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Roll

A kind of shortened raised biscuit or bread, often rolled or doubled upon itself.
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A quantity of cloth wound into a cylindrical form; as, a roll of carpeting; a roll of ribbon.
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Roll

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.
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Roll

A heavy, reverberatory sound; as, the roll of cannon, or of thunder.
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The uniform beating of a drum with strokes so rapid as scarcely to be distinguished by the ear.
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Roll

Part; office; duty; rôle.
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Roll

Rotary motion of an object around its own axis;
Wheels in axial rotation
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Roll

A list of names;
His name was struck off the rolls
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Roll

A long heavy sea wave as it advances towards the shore
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Photographic film rolled up inside a container to protect it from light
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Roll

A round shape formed by a series of concentric circles
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A roll of currency notes (often taken as the resources of a person or business etc.);
He shot his roll on a bob-tailed nag
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Roll

Small rounded bread either plain or sweet
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Roll

A deep prolonged sound (as of thunder or large bells)
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Roll

The sound of a drum (especially a snare drum) beaten rapidly and continuously
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A document that can be rolled up (as for storage)
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Anything rolled up in cylindrical form
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The act of throwing dice
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Walking with a rolling gait
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A flight maneuver; aircraft rotates about its longitudinal axis without changing direction or losing altitude
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The act of rolling something (as the ball in bowling)
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Roll

Move by turning over or rotating;
The child rolled down the hill
Turn over on your left side
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Roll

Move along on or as if on wheels or a wheeled vehicle;
The President's convoy rolled past the crowds
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Roll

Occur in soft rounded shapes;
The hills rolled past
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Roll

Flatten or spread with a roller;
Roll out the paper
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Roll

Emit, produce, or utter with a deep prolonged reverberating sound;
The thunder rolled
Rolling drums
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Roll

Wrap or coil around;
Roll your hair around your finger
Twine the thread around the spool
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Roll

Begin operating or running;
The cameras were rolling
The presses are already rolling
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Roll

Shape by rolling;
Roll a cigarette
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Roll

Execute a roll, in tumbling;
The gymnasts rolled and jumped
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Roll

Sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity
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Move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion;
The curtains undulated
The waves rolled towards the beach
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Roll

Move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment;
The gypsies roamed the woods
Roving vagabonds
The wandering Jew
The cattle roam across the prairie
The laborers drift from one town to the next
They rolled from town to town
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Roll

Move, rock, or sway from side to side;
The ship rolled on the heavy seas
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Roll

Cause to move by turning over or in a circular manner of as if on an axis;
She rolled the ball
They rolled their eyes at his words
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Roll

Pronounce with a roll, of the phoneme /r/;
She rolls her r's
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Roll

Boil vigorously;
The liquid was seething
The water rolled
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Roll

Take the shape of a roll or cylinder;
The carpet rolled out
Yarn rolls well
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Roll

Show certain properties when being rolled;
The carpet rolls unevenly
Dried-out tobacco rolls badly
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Roll

A type of small, usually round bread.
He had a ham sandwich on a roll for lunch.
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A rapid succession of drumbeats.
The drummer played a roll on the snare drum.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Can reel be used in fishing?

Yes, a reel is a device used in fishing to wind and unwind line.
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What does it mean to feel reeled?

It means to feel dizzy or overwhelmed.
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What does roll mean in cooking?

In cooking, a roll is a small, round piece of bread.
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Can roll be used in music?

Yes, particularly in drumming, it refers to a rapid succession of beats.
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What does it mean to roll in dough?

It's a colloquial expression meaning to have a lot of money.
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What does a drum roll signify?

It often signals anticipation or a dramatic moment.
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Is rolling always a physical movement?

Mostly, but it can also be used metaphorically to mean 'to start'.
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What does it mean to be on a roll?

It means to be experiencing a continuous period of success or good fortune.
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Can reel be related to dancing?

Yes, in some cultures, a reel is a type of folk dance.
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How is roll used in sports?

It can refer to the action of a ball or object moving in a rolling motion.
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What is a film reel?

A film reel is a spool that holds the film in place for projection or storage.
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Can reel mean to stagger?

Yes, to reel can mean to stagger or walk unsteadily.
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Can roll be used to describe a list?

Yes, as in a 'roll call', where names are listed and read out.
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Is reel used in photography?

Yes, it refers to a spool that holds photographic film.
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Can reel be a verb?

Yes, it can be a verb meaning to wind or to stagger.
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Is roll used in the phrase 'let's roll'?

Yes, it's a colloquial way of saying 'let's get started' or 'let's go'.
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Can reel imply a feeling of confusion?

Yes, it can imply feeling disoriented or confused.
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What does it mean to reel in something?

It means to wind or draw in, often used in the context of fishing.
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What does it mean to roll with the punches?

It's an idiom meaning to adapt to difficulties or challenges.
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Is roll used in transportation?

Yes, it can describe the movement of vehicles, especially on wheels.
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NDM vs. FTPNDM vs. FTP
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NDM (Network Data Mover) automates and secures data transfers across networks, while FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a standard network protocol for transferring files between computers.
Traditional Trade vs. Modern TradeTraditional Trade vs. Modern Trade
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Traditional trade involves local, small-scale, often personalized commerce; modern trade is characterized by large-scale, technology-driven, and impersonal retail environments.
Crane vs. HeronCrane vs. Heron
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Cranes are large, long-legged and long-necked birds known for their elaborate dances, while herons are typically more solitary, stealth hunters with a distinctive S-shaped neck.
Explain vs. DefineExplain vs. Define
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Explaining involves detailing or clarifying a concept, often including context and examples, whereas defining means stating the exact meaning of a word or phrase, typically in a concise manner.

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