from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Full of sediment; muddy or cloudy.
- adj. Turbulent; agitated.
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- adj. muddy, cloudy (having lots of sediment)
- adj. turbulent
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Turbid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Muddy; turbid: as, roily water.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of a liquid) agitated vigorously; in a state of turbulence
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It's roily from the muddy banks and cold from recent rains or snowmelt, and you think: Finally, spring.
I had started the day feeling so good and full of well-meaning intentions and now I felt all roily inside.
If so, this gives credence to the comment from the senior author of the Chatham report, quoted in The New York Times article cited above, despite its pouring gasoline on the fire rather than oil on the roily waters.
KANEKTOK RIVER Anglers willing to take a gamble on possible high and roily conditions may hit the jackpot for huge rainbows when Bristol Bay streams open June 8.
The sky is low and gray, the roily gray of sliding surf.
Also bring Glo Bug imitations, nymphs in various hues, black Bivisibles, Woolly Worms, and bulky, gaudy flies for roily water conditions.
That's Henderson: The intensity is always there; things get roily when he's around.
Fishing in high, roily water; in low, clear streams; and in trout ponds and lakes each requires a different approach.
The roily, rushing water of the river would aid Chambriss 'quest.
It would be easy for him to swim the thick brownish water, still roily from the storm, but he knew that Lura would not willingly venture in and he was certainly not going to leave her behind.