role and roll - the difference
The Quick AnswerA role is an actor's portrayal of a character or a job or function
A roll is a list (usually of names) or a piece of bread.
To roll usually means to gather by rolling or to move by rotating.
Role and RollWriters often confuse the words role and roll.
RoleThe noun role means an actor's portrayal of a character or a job or function (of a person or thing).
- Teddy was totally convincing in the role of Shylock.
- What's your role onboard this aircraft?
- The thermostat's role is to keep the temperature below 200 degrees so the casing does not melt.
RollThe word roll has several meanings:
To move by rotating or gather by rolling.
- Roll the hay bale down the hill.
- Roll over a bit. You're hogging the bed.
- Roll your sleeves up and roll me the best cigar ever.
- The skateboarders rolled past the park attendant, and he did not say a word.
- Please check the nominal roll to ensure we're all present.
- Roll the cameras.
- Roll the credits.
- Would you like butter on your roll?
Quick TestSelect the correct version:
Roll the BallThe word roll usually has a circular, spherical, or cylindrical connotation. For example:
- Roll a cigar
- Roll the film
- Roll away.
Let the last two letters of ball bring roll to mind.