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Wordnet 3.0


1. (of a liquid) agitated vigorously; in a state of turbulence;
- Example: "the river's roiling current"
- Example: "turbulent rapids"
[syn: churning, roiling, roiled, roily, turbulent]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Roil \Roil\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Roiled; p. pr. & vb. n. Roiling.] [Cf. OE. roilen to wander; possibly fr. OF. roeler to roll, equiv. to F. rouler. See Roll, v., and cf. Rile.] 1. To render turbid by stirring up the dregs or sediment of; as, to roil wine, cider, etc., in casks or bottles; to roil a spring. [1913 Webster] 2. To disturb, as the temper; to ruffle the temper of; to rouse the passion of resentment in; to perplex. [1913 Webster] That his friends should believe it, was what roiled him [Judge Jeffreys] exceedingly. --R. North. [1913 Webster] Note: Provincial in England and colloquial in the United States. A commoner, but less approved, form is rile. [1913 Webster]