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in aviation: see airfoilairfoil,
surface designed to develop a desired force by reaction with a fluid, especially air, that is flowing across the surface. For example, the fixed wing surfaces of an airplane produce lift, which opposes gravity.
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roll

[rōl]
(geology)
A primary sedimentary structure produced by deformation involving subaqueous slump or vertical foundering.
(mechanics)
Rotational or oscillatory movement of an aircraft or similar body about a longitudinal axis through the body; it is called roll for any degree of such rotation.
(mechanical engineering)
A cylinder mounted in bearings; used for such functions as shaping, crushing, moving, or printing work passing by it.
(mining engineering)
(textiles)
A continuous strand made by rolling, rubbing, or twisting fibers.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

roll

1. A rounded strip fastened to, and running along, the ridge of a roof.
2. In a roof covered
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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The motion of an aircraft about its longitudinal axis. The rolling motion is controlled primarily by ailerons.
An Illustrated Dictionary of Aviation Copyright © 2005 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved

roll

1. a cylinder used to flatten something; roller
2. a very rapid beating of the sticks on a drum
3. a flight manoeuvre in which an aircraft makes one complete rotation about its longitudinal axis without loss of height or change in direction
4. a throw of dice
5. a bookbinder's tool having a brass wheel, used to impress a line or repeated pattern on the cover of a book
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References in periodicals archive ?
For instance, you can try a rolled-up towel instead of a ready-made lumbar roll, or a piece of foam rather than a fancy car seat or seat wedge.
(30) The successful treatment involved neural stretches (with supine flexion exercises), lumbar extensions, and postural correction in sitting (with a lumbar roll).
If your seat provides inadequate support for your lower back, try a rolled-up towel or lumbar roll. A seat pad may also help.