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roil

[roil] /rɔɪl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to render (water, wine, etc.) turbid by stirring up sediment.
2.
to disturb or disquiet; irritate; vex:
to be roiled by a delay.
verb (used without object)
3.
to move or proceed turbulently.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; origin uncertain
Related forms
unroiled, adjective
Can be confused
roil, royal.
Synonyms
2. annoy, fret, ruffle, exasperate, provoke, rile.
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Examples for roiled
  • Coffee so made should be served from range, as much motion causes it to become roiled.
  • After centuries of political stability, a series of military coups roiled the empire.
  • Adelies hop from one block to another and enjoy the action as the blocks are roiled by the water.
  • Today astronomers recognize the medium as a protean atmosphere roiled by supernova explosions.
  • He braved the harshest of conditions, threats of violence, and the intrigue that roiled the treasure hunting of his day.
  • The games were in the red and roiled by allegations of bribery.
  • Instant wealth has roiled the lives of lottery winners.
  • Evolution has roiled state and local school boards for years.
  • And the global population approaches seven billion in a world roiled by economic turmoil and political transition.
  • We are watching the state's tax receipts and budget projections closely as the financial markets remain roiled.
British Dictionary definitions for roiled

roil

/rɔɪl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to make (a liquid) cloudy or turbid by stirring up dregs or sediment
2.
(intransitive) (esp of a liquid) to be agitated or disturbed
3.
(intransitive) (dialect) to be noisy or boisterous
4.
(transitive) another word (now rare) for rile (sense 1)
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin; compare rile
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Word Origin and History for roiled
roil
1590, probably from M.Fr. rouiller "to rust, make muddy," from O.Fr. rouil "mud, rust," from V.L. *robicula, from L. robigo "rust" (see robust). M.E. roil meant "to roam or rove about."
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