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

  Roll \Roll\, n. [F. r[^o]le a roll (in sense 3), fr. L. rotulus
     ? little wheel, LL., a roll, dim. of L. rota a wheel. See
     Roll, v., and cf. R[^o]le, Rouleau, Roulette.]
     1. The act of rolling, or state of being rolled; as, the roll
        of a ball; the roll of waves.
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     2. That which rolls; a roller. Specifically:
        (a) A heavy cylinder used to break clods. --Mortimer.
        (b) 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
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     3. That which is rolled up; as, a roll of fat, of wool,
        paper, cloth, etc. Specifically:
        (a) A document written on a piece of parchment, paper, or
            other materials which may be rolled up; a scroll.
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                  Busy angels spread
                  The lasting roll, recording what we say.
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        (b) Hence, an official or public document; a register; a
            record; also, a catalogue; a list.
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                  The rolls of Parliament, the entry of the
                  petitions, answers, and transactions in
                  Parliament, are extant.           --Sir M. Hale.
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                  The roll and list of that army doth remain.
                                                    --Sir J.
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        (c) A quantity of cloth wound into a cylindrical form; as,
            a roll of carpeting; a roll of ribbon.
        (d) A cylindrical twist of tobacco.
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     4. A kind of shortened raised biscuit or bread, often rolled
        or doubled upon itself.
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     5. (Naut.) 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.
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     6. A heavy, reverberatory sound; as, the roll of cannon, or
        of thunder.
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     7. The uniform beating of a drum with strokes so rapid as
        scarcely to be distinguished by the ear.
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     8. Part; office; duty; role. [Obs.] --L'Estrange.
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     Long roll (Mil.), a prolonged roll of the drums, as the
        signal of an attack by the enemy, and for the troops to
        arrange themselves in line.
     Master of the rolls. See under Master.
     Roll call, the act, or the time, of calling over a list
        names, as among soldiers.
     Rolls of court, of parliament (or of any public body),
        the parchments or rolls on which the acts and proceedings
        of that body are engrossed by the proper officer, and
        which constitute the records of such public body.
     To call the roll, to call off or recite a list or roll of
        names of persons belonging to an organization, in order to
        ascertain who are present or to obtain responses from
        those present.
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     Syn: List; schedule; catalogue; register; inventory. See
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