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 for roller
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Roller \Roll"er\ (r[=o]l"[~e]r), n.
     1. One who, or that which, rolls; especially, a cylinder,
        sometimes grooved, of wood, stone, metal, etc., used in
        husbandry and the arts.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. A bandage; a fillet; properly, a long and broad bandage
        used in surgery.
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     3. (Naut.) One of series of long, heavy waves which roll in
        upon a coast, sometimes in calm weather.
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     4. A long, belt-formed towel, to be suspended on a rolling
        cylinder; -- called also roller towel.
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     5. (Print.) A cylinder coated with a composition made
        principally of glue and molassess, with which forms of
        type are inked previously to taking an impression from
        them. --W. Savage.
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     6. A long cylinder on which something is rolled up; as, the
        roller of a map.
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     7. A small wheel, as of a caster, a roller skate, etc.
        [1913 Webster]
     8. (Zool.) Any insect whose larva rolls up leaves; a leaf
        roller. see Tortrix.
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     9. [CF. F. rollier.] (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of
        Old World picarian birds of the family Coraciadae. The
        name alludes to their habit of suddenly turning over or
        "tumbling" in flight.
        [1913 Webster]
     Note: Many of the species are brilliantly colored. The common
           European species ({Coracias garrula) has the head,
           neck, and under parts light blue varied with green, the
           scapulars chestnut brown, and the tail blue, green, and
           black. The broad-billed rollers of India and Africa
           belong to the genus Eurystomus, as the oriental
           roller ({Eurystomus orientalis), and the Australian
           roller, or dollar bird ({Eurystomus Pacificus). The
           latter is dark brown on the head and neck, sea green on
           the back, and bright blue on the throat, base of the
           tail, and parts of the wings. It has a silvery-white
           spot on the middle of each wing. The lilac-breasted
           roller of Africa is Corcia caudata caudata, a
           brightly colored bird of the family Corciidae having
           malachite green, blue, purple-lilac, brown and
           sea-green feathers from head to tail; it is a popular
           sight with tourists in Africa.
           [1913 Webster +PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a grounder that rolls along the infield
      2: a long heavy sea wave as it advances towards the shore [syn:
         roller, roll, rolling wave]
      3: a small wheel without spokes (as on a roller skate)
      4: a cylinder that revolves
      5: a mechanical device consisting of a cylindrical tube around
         which the hair is wound to curl it; "a woman with her head
         full of curlers is not a pretty sight" [syn: curler, hair
         curler, roller, crimper]
      6: Old World bird that tumbles or rolls in flight; related to
      7: pigeon that executes backward somersaults in flight or on the
         ground [syn: roller, tumbler, tumbler pigeon]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  137 Moby Thesaurus words for "roller":
     Ace bandage, Band-Aid, abradant, abrasive, adhesive tape,
     application, band, bandage, bandaging, barrel, billow, binder,
     bole, bore, brace, breaker, breakers, burnish, calender, carousel,
     cask, cast, cataplasm, cheese grater, chop, choppiness,
     chopping sea, column, comb, comber, comminutor, compress, cotton,
     court plaster, cravat, crusher, cylinder, cylindroid, dirty water,
     disk, dressing, drum, eagre, elastic bandage, epithem,
     four-tailed bandage, gauze, granulator, grater, gravity wave,
     grinder, ground swell, heave, heavy sea, heavy swell, kominuter,
     lawn-roller, levigator, lift, lint, lop, mangle, masher,
     merry-go-round, mill, millstone, mortar and pestle, nutmeg grater,
     peak, pestle, pillar, pipe, plaster, plaster cast, pledget, polish,
     popple, poultice, pulverizer, quern, quernstone, riffle, ripple,
     rise, rock crusher, roll, roller bandage, rolling stone, rotator,
     rotor, rough water, rouleau, roundabout, rubber bandage, rundle,
     scend, sea, send, shredder, sleeker, slicker, sling, smooth,
     smoother, splint, sponge, steamroller, stupe, surf, surge, swell,
     tampon, tape, tent, tidal bore, tidal wave, tide wave, top,
     tourniquet, triangular bandage, triturator, trough, trunk, tsunami,
     tube, undulation, water wave, wave, wavelet, wheel, whirlabout,
     whirler, whirligig, white horses, whitecaps, windlass, wringer

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