Roll vs Cant - What's the difference?

roll | cant |

As nouns the difference between roll and cant

is that roll is role while cant is , a hundred.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en verb)
  • (ergative) 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.
  • * Shakespeare
  • And her foot, look you, is fixed upon a spherical stone, which rolls', and '''rolls''', and ' rolls .
  • * 1922 , (James Joyce), Chapter 13
  • The gentleman aimed the ball once or twice and then threw it up the strand towards Cissy Caffrey but it rolled down the slope and stopped right under Gerty's skirt near the little pool by the rock.
  • To wrap (something) round on itself; to form into a spherical or cylindrical body by causing to turn over and over.
  • To bind or involve by winding, as in a bandage; to enwrap; often with up .
  • To be wound or formed into a cylinder or ball.
  • The cloth rolls''' unevenly; the snow '''rolls well.
  • (ergative) To drive or impel forward with an easy motion, as of rolling.
  • (ergative) To utter copiously, especially with sounding words; to utter with a deep sound; — often with forth, or out.
  • To press or level with a roller; to spread or form with a roll, roller, or rollers.
  • To spread itself under a roller or rolling-pin.
  • The pastry rolls well.
  • (ergative) To move, or cause to be moved, upon, or by means of, rollers or small wheels.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=5 , passage=We expressed our readiness, and in ten minutes were in the station wagon, rolling rapidly down the long drive, for it was then after nine. We passed on the way the van of the guests from Asquith.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838
  • , page=13 (Technology Quarterly), magazine=(The Economist) , title= Ideas coming down the track , passage=A “moving platform” scheme
  • (chiefly, US, Canada, colloquial) To leave or begin a journey.
  • (chiefly, US, Canada, colloquial) To compete, especially with vigor.
  • To beat with rapid, continuous strokes, as a drum; to sound a roll upon.
  • (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.
  • To turn over in one's mind; to revolve.
  • (US, slang) To behave in a certain way; to adopt a general disposition toward a situation.
  • * 2006 , Chris McKenna, "Kids at party chant as police sergeant is beaten by angry teens", Times Herald-Record (Middletown, NY), Tuesday, November 21, [].
  • "This is how we roll in Spring Valley," one teen reportedly boasted.
  • (gaming, transitive, intransitive) To throw dice.
  • (gaming) To roll dice such that they form a given pattern or total.
  • To have a rolling aspect.
  • (gaming) To create a new character in a role-playing game.
  • (computing) To generate a random number.
  • To turn over and over.
  • To tumble in gymnastics.
  • (nautical, of a vessel) To rotate on its fore-and-aft axis, causing its sides to go up and down. Compare with pitch.
  • To beat up.
  • *
  • (slang) To cause to betray secrets or to testify for the prosecution.
  • (slang) To betray secrets.
  • (informal) To act.
  • * 2001 September 11, (Todd Beamer):
  • Let's roll !
  • (slang) To be under the influence of MDMA (a psychedelic stimulant, also known as ecstasy).
  • * 2000 , Michael Sunstar, Underground Rave Dance , Writers Club Press, ISBN 9780595156115, page 15:
  • Cindy replied, “Wow, that’s great. Did you try E at those parties?” Steel said, “Oh yeah. I was rolling hard at the Willy Wonka party.”
  • * 2003 , Karin Slaughter, A Faint Cold Fear (novel), HarperCollins, ISBN 978-0-688-17458-3, page 169:
  • The crowd was rolling' on Ecstasy, and the lights enhanced the experience. He would use it to keep his teeth from chattering while he was ' rolling .
  • * unidentified Internet user quoted in Joseph A. Kotarba, “Music as a Feature of the Online Discussion of Illegal Drugs”, in Edward Murguía et al. (editors), Real Drugs in a Virtual World: Drug Discourse and Community Online , Lexington Books (2007), ISBN 978-0-7391-1455-1
  • So the quesion is When you are rolling' what gets you in that “ecstasy” state more: hard pounding energetic music or smoother and gentler music? Personally for me its gentler music because when I’m ' rolling my mind can’t really keep up with all the hard pounding intriquet sounds
  • (of a camera) To film.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=April 15, author=Phil McNulty, work=BBC
  • , title= Tottenham 1-5 Chelsea , passage=So it was against the run of play that their London rivals took the lead two minutes before the interval through Drogba. He rolled William Gallas inside the area before flashing a stunning finish high past keeper Carlo Cudicini.}}
  • To perform a periodical revolution; to move onward as with a revolution.
  • The years roll on.
  • To move, like waves or billows, with alternate swell and depression.
  • * Prior
  • what different sorrows did within thee roll
  • To make a loud or heavy rumbling noise.
  • The thunder rolled and the lightning flashed.
  • * 2014 , Jacob Steinberg, " Wigan shock Manchester City in FA Cup again to reach semi-finals", The Guardian , 9 March 2014:
  • Rolled far too easily by Marc-Antoine Fortuné, Demichelis compounded his error by standing on the striker's foot. In the absence of the injured Watson, Gómez converted the penalty.

    Derived terms

    * let's roll * rollable * roller * roll in the aisles * roll off * roll off the tongue * roll on * roll out * roll-out * roll-over * roll over * roll the dice * roll up


    (en noun)
  • The act of rolling, or state of being rolled.
  • the roll of a ball
    Look at the roll of the waves.
  • That which rolls; a roller.
  • # A heavy cylinder used to break clods.
  • # 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
  • # That which is rolled up.
  • a roll of fat, of wool, paper, cloth, etc.
  • # A document written on a piece of parchment, paper, or other materials which may be rolled up; a scroll.
  • #* Prior
  • Busy angels spread / The lasting roll , recording what we say.
  • # Hence, an official or public document; a register; a record; also, a catalogue; a list.
  • #* Sir M. Hale
  • The rolls of Parliament, the entry of the petitions, answers, and transactions in Parliament, are extant.
  • #* Sir J. Davies
  • The roll and list of that army doth remain.
  • # A quantity of cloth wound into a cylindrical form.
  • a roll''' of carpeting; a '''roll of ribbon
  • # A cylindrical twist of tobacco.
  • A kind of shortened raised biscuit or bread, often rolled or doubled upon itself.
  • (nautical, aviation) The oscillating movement of a nautical vessel as it rotates from side to side, on 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.
  • (nautical) The measure or extent to which a vessel rotates from side to side, on its fore-and-aft axis.
  • A heavy, reverberatory sound.
  • Hear the roll of cannon.
    Hear the roll of thunder.
  • The uniform beating of a drum with strokes so rapid as scarcely to be distinguished by the ear.
  • (obsolete) Part; office; duty; rôle.
  • (rfquotek, L'Estrange)
  • A measure of parchments, containing five dozen.
  • * 1882 , James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England , Volume 4, p. 594:
  • Parchement is sold by the dozen, and by the roll of five dozens.
  • the rotation angle about the longitudinal axis
  • Calculate the roll of that aircraft.
  • The act of, or total resulting from, rolling one or more dice.
  • Make your roll.
    Whoever gets the highest roll moves first.
  • A winning streak of continuing luck, especially at gambling .
  • He is on a roll tonight.
  • A training match for a fighting dog.
  • Derived terms

    * bread roll * enrol, enroll * roll cage * roll call * roll-to-roll * sausage roll * Swiss roll

    See also

    * Rolls



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) , cognate with chant.


  • (countable) An argot, the jargon of a particular class or subgroup.
  • He had the look of a prince, but the cant of a fishmonger.
  • * 1836 , Three discourses preached before the Congregational Society in Watertown, page 65
  • I am aware that the phrase free inquiry has become too much a cant phrase soiled by the handling of the ignorant and the reckless by those who fall into the mistake of supposing that religion has its root in the understanding and by those who can see just far enough to doubt and no further.
  • (countable, uncountable) A private or secret language used by a religious sect, gang, or other group.
  • Shelta.
  • (uncountable, pejorative) Empty, hypocritical talk.
  • People claim to care about the poor of Africa, but it is largely cant .
  • * 1749 , , Book IV ch iv
  • He is too well grounded for all your philosophical cant to hurt.
  • * 1759-1770 ,
  • Of all the cants' which are canted in this canting world — though the '''cant''' of hypocrites may be the worst — the ' cant of criticism is the most tormenting!
  • (uncountable) Whining speech, such as that used by beggars.
  • (countable, heraldry) A blazon of a coat of arms that makes a pun upon the name of the bearer, canting arms.
  • (obsolete) A call for bidders at a public fair; an auction.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • To sell their leases by cant .
    * (private or secret language) argot, jargon, slang * (musical singing) chant, singsong


    (en verb)
  • To speak with the jargon of a class or subgroup.
  • * Ben Jonson
  • The doctor here, / When he discourseth of dissection, / Of vena cava and of vena porta, / The meseraeum and the mesentericum, / What does he else but cant ?
  • * Bishop Sanderson
  • that uncouth affected garb of speech, or canting language, if I may so call it
  • To speak in set phrases.
  • To preach in a singsong fashion, especially in a false or empty manner.
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • the rankest rogue that ever canted
  • (heraldry) Of a blazon, to make a pun that references the bearer of a coat of arms.
  • (obsolete) To sell by auction, or bid at an auction.
  • (Jonathan Swift)
    (Webster 1913)

    Etymology 2


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) corner, niche
  • * Ben Jonson
  • The first and principal person in the temple was Irene, or Peace; she was placed aloft in a cant .
  • slope, the angle at which something is set.
  • *
  • Owing to the cant of the vessel, the masts hung far out over the water, and from my perch on the cross-trees I had nothing below me but the surface of the bay.
  • An outer or external angle.
  • An inclination from a horizontal or vertical line; a slope or bevel; a tilt.
  • (Totten)
  • A movement or throw that overturns something.
  • * 1830 , The Edinburgh Encyclopedia, volume 3, page 621
  • It is not only of great service in keeping the boat in her due position on the sea, but also in creating a tendency immediately to recover from any sudden cant , or lurch, from a heavy wave; and it is besides beneficial in diminishing the violence of beating against the sides of the vessel which she may go to relieve.
  • A sudden thrust, push, kick, or other impulse, producing a bias or change of direction; also, the bias or turn so give.
  • to give a ball a cant
  • (coopering) A segment forming a side piece in the head of a cask.
  • (Knight)
  • A segment of the rim of a wooden cogwheel.
  • (Knight)
  • (nautical) A piece of wood laid upon the deck of a vessel to support the bulkheads.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To set (something) at an angle.
  • to cant''' a cask; to '''cant a ship
  • To give a sudden turn or new direction to.
  • to cant''' round a stick of timber; to '''cant a football
  • To bevel an edge or corner.
  • To overturn so that the contents are emptied.
  • Etymology 3


    (en verb)
  • To divide or parcel out.
  • Etymology 4

    From (etyl), presumably from (etyl) *

    Alternative forms

    * kant


  • (British, dialect) lively, lusty.
  • Anagrams

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