Definition of ROLL


ROLL

A schedule of parchment which may be turned up with the
hand in the form of a pipe or tube. Jacob, L. D. h. t.


2. In carly times, before paper came in common use, parchment was the
substance employed for making records, and, as the art of bookbinding was but
little used, economy suggested as the most convenient mode of adding sheet to
sheet, as were found requisite, and they were tacked together in such manner
that the whole length might be wound up together in the form of spiral
rolls.


3. Figuratively it signifies the records of a court or office. In
Pennsylvania the master of the rolls was an officer in whose office were
recorded the acts of the legislature. 1 Smith s Laws, 46.




Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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