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Rolled vs Crawled - What's the difference?

rolled | crawled |

As verbs the difference between rolled and crawled

is that rolled is past tense of roll while crawled is past tense of crawl.




  • (roll)

  • roll



    (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, [http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061121/NEWS/611210321].
  • "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




  • (crawl)
  • Anagrams




    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) crawlen, (m), ‘to scratch, scrape’. More at (l).


    (en verb)
  • To creep; to move slowly on hands and knees, or by dragging the body along the ground.
  • * Grew
  • A worm finds what it searches after only by feeling, as it crawls from one thing to another.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=7 citation , passage=‘Children crawled over each other like little grey worms in the gutters,’ he said. ‘The only red things about them were their buttocks and they were raw. Their faces looked as if snails had slimed on them and their mothers were like great sick beasts whose byres had never been cleared. […]’}}
  • To move forward slowly, with frequent stops.
  • To act in a servile manner.
  • * Shakespeare
  • hath crawled into the favour of the king
  • See crawl with.
  • To feel a ing sensation.
  • To swim using the crawl stroke.
  • To move over an area on hands and knees.
  • To visit while becoming inebriated.
  • To visit files or web sites in order to index them for searching.
  • Derived terms
    * crawler
    * German:


    (en noun)
  • The act of moving slowly on hands and knees etc, or with frequent stops
  • A rapid swimming stroke with alternate overarm strokes and a fluttering kick
  • (television, film) A piece of horizontally scrolling text overlaid on the main image.
  • * 22 March 2012 , Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games [http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-hunger-games,71293/]
  • The opening crawl (and a stirring propaganda movie) informs us that “The Hunger Games” are an annual event in Panem, a North American nation divided into 12 different districts, each in service to the Capitol, a wealthy metropolis that owes its creature comforts to an oppressive dictatorship.
    Derived terms
    * front crawl * pub crawl * urban crawl

    Etymology 2

    Compare kraal.


    (en noun)
  • A pen or enclosure of stakes and hurdles for holding fish.
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