Easton's Bible Dictionary
The common form of ancient books. The Hebrew word rendered "roll" or "volume" is meghillah, found in Ezra 6:2; Psalm 40:7; Jeremiah 36:2, 6, 23, 28, 29; Ezek. 2:9; 3:1-3; Zechariah 5:1, 2. "Rolls" (Chald. pl. of sephar, corresponding to Hebrews sepher) in Ezra 6:1 is rendered in the Revised Version "archives." In the New Testament the word "volume" (Hebrews 10:7; R.V., "roll") occurs as the rendering of the Greek kephalis, meaning the head or top of the stick or cylinder on which the manuscript was rolled, and hence the manuscript itself. (see BOOK.)
Noah Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language
1. (n.) 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.
2. (n.) 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.
3. (n.) To bind or involve by winding, as in a bandage; to enwrap; -- often with up; as, to roll up a parcel.
4. (n.) To drive or impel forward with an easy motion, as of rolling; as, a river rolls its waters to the ocean.
5. (n.) 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.
6. (n.) 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.
7. (n.) To move, or cause to be moved, upon, or by means of, rollers or small wheels.
8. (n.) To beat with rapid, continuous strokes, as a drum; to sound a roll upon.
9. (n.) 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.
10. (n.) To turn over in one's mind; to revolve.
11. (v. i.) 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.
12. (v. i.) To move on wheels; as, the carriage rolls along the street.
13. (v. i.) To be wound or formed into a cylinder or ball; as, the cloth rolls unevenly; the snow rolls well.
14. (v. i.) To fall or tumble; -- with over; as, a stream rolls over a precipice.
15. (v. i.) To perform a periodical revolution; to move onward as with a revolution; as, the rolling year; ages roll away.
16. (v. i.) To turn; to move circularly.
17. (v. i.) To move, as waves or billows, with alternate swell and depression.
18. (v. i.) 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 sense, to be tossed about.
19. (v. i.) To turn over, or from side to side, while lying down; to wallow; as, a horse rolls.
20. (v. i.) To spread under a roller or rolling-pin; as, the paste rolls well.
21. (v. i.) To beat a drum with strokes so rapid that they can scarcely be distinguished by the ear.
22. (v. i.) To make a loud or heavy rumbling noise; as, the thunder rolls.
23. (n.) The act of rolling, or state of being rolled; as, the roll of a ball; the roll of waves.
24. (v.) That which rolls; a roller.
25. (n.) A heavy cylinder used to break clods.
26. (n.) One of a set of revolving cylinders, or rollers, between which metal is pressed, formed, or smoothed, as in a rolling mill; as, to pass rails through the rolls.
27. (v.) That which is rolled up; as, a roll of fat, of wool, paper, cloth, etc.
28. (n.) A document written on a piece of parchment, paper, or other materials which may be rolled up; a scroll.
29. (v.) Hence, an official or public document; a register; a record; also, a catalogue; a list.
30. (n.) A quantity of cloth wound into a cylindrical form; as, a roll of carpeting; a roll of ribbon.
31. (n.) A cylindrical twist of tobacco.
32. (n.) A kind of shortened raised biscuit or bread, often rolled or doubled upon itself.
33. (n.) 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.
34. (n.) A heavy, reverberatory sound; as, the roll of cannon, or of thunder.
35. (n.) The uniform beating of a drum with strokes so rapid as scarcely to be distinguished by the ear.
36. (v.) Part; office; duty; role.