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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Roil \Roil\, verb (used with an object) [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.

2. To disturb, as the temper; to ruffle the temper of; to rouse the passion of resentment in; to perplex.

That his friends should believe it, was what roiled him [Judge Jeffreys] exceedingly. --R. North.

Note: Provincial in England and colloquial in the United States. A commoner, but less approved, form is rile.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Roil \Roil\, verb (used without an object)

1. To wander; to roam. [Obs.]

2. To romp. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

roil

verb

1: be agitated; "the sea was churning in the storm" [syn: {churn}, {boil}, {moil}, {roil}]

2: make turbid by stirring up the sediments of [syn: {roil}, {rile}]


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