noun \ˈskrōl\

: a long piece of paper that rolls around one or two cylinders and that usually has something written or drawn on it

: a decoration that looks like the curled ends of a scroll

Full Definition of SCROLL

a :  a roll (as of papyrus, leather, or parchment) for writing a document
b archaic :  a written message
c :  roster, list
d :  a riband with rolled ends often inscribed with a motto
a :  something resembling a scroll in shape; especially :  a spiral or convoluted form in ornamental design derived from the curves of a loosely or partly rolled parchment scroll
b :  the curved head of a bowed stringed musical instrument — see violin illustration
scrolled \ˈskrōld\ adjective

Examples of SCROLL

  1. He read from the scroll.
  2. a scarf with lovely green scrolls on it

Illustration of SCROLL

Origin of SCROLL

Middle English scrowle, blend of rolle roll and scrowe scrap, scroll (from Anglo-French escrowe, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch schrode piece cut off, Old High German scrōt) — more at shred
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Printing Terms

epigraph, errata, leader, mechanical, notch, tittle, underscore, widow



computers : to move text or images of a Web page, document, etc., up, down, or to the side on a computer screen so that you can see all of it

Full Definition of SCROLL

intransitive verb
:  to move text or graphics up or down or across a display screen as if by unrolling a scroll
:  to progress, move, or be revealed as if by the unrolling of a scroll <watch scenery scroll by large picture windows — David Yeadon>
transitive verb
:  to cause (text or graphics on a display screen) to move in scrolling

Examples of SCROLL

  1. You have to scroll the screen to see the bottom of the Web page.

First Known Use of SCROLL

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a noisy boisterous band or parade
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