scroll

noun
\ˈskrōl \

Definition of scroll 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

2a : 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

scroll

verb
scrolled; scrolling; scrolls

Definition of scroll (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to move text or graphics up or down or across a display screen as if by unrolling a scroll

2 : 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

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Noun

scroll 1a

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from scroll

Noun

scrolled \ˈskrōld \ adjective

Examples of scroll in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

You have to scroll the screen to see the bottom of the Web page.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The app’s never-ending scroll of photos lets users dip in anytime and quickly snack on visual delight. Seth Stevenson, WSJ, "Instagram’s Kevin Systrom on the Platform He Built for One Billion Users," 25 Sep. 2018 Once that’s been checked, scroll down and save changes. Kim Komando, Fox News, "10 useful Gmail settings you'll wish you knew sooner," 4 Aug. 2018 Here, scroll through Tenold’s best photos, then catch up on all of our VS coverage on Vogue.com. Corey Tenold, Vogue, "Go Backstage at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York City," 9 Nov. 2018 For working mothers and women, Idaho must not be a ‘scroll-down’ state Idaho ranks last among states on conditions for working mothers. Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "Idaho's one of the worst states in the country for working moms. What about for dads?," 12 June 2018 On your own contact page, scroll down and tap Share My Location. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "12 texting tricks you didn’t know the iPhone could do," 23 Feb. 2018 Above, scroll through her top picks, plus the coordinating piece to put on your Valentine’s Day wish list. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Seeking Love (and Good Vibes) This Valentine’s Day? Try Jacquie Aiche’s New Ruby, Quartz, and Tourmaline Jewelry," 10 Feb. 2018 If that makes your mouth water, scroll down to the end of this post for an easy, delicious recipe. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "It’s a June thing: Cherries, blueberries and raspberries are all ripe right now," 28 June 2018 For the latest news, intel and pick projections, scroll down. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Mock Draft 11.0: Trade Rumors and Final Picks for Both Rounds," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Then scroll down to the Maximum connected Bluetooth audio devices option, and pick a lower number. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Android 9 Pie is here: What's new, what's awesome, and how to get it now," 6 Aug. 2018 Facebook executives have said users were embracing the Stories feature, which allows users to post photo and video montages that disappear after 24 hours, and that activity would eclipse time spent just scrolling through feeds next year. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why Twitter should ignore the phony outrage over “shadow banning”," 27 July 2018 Facebook executives have said users were embracing the Stories feature, which allows users to post photo and video montages that disappear after 24 hours, and that activity would eclipse time spent just scrolling through feeds next year. Deepa Seetharaman, WSJ, "The Conference Call That Shook Investor Faith in Facebook," 26 July 2018 After scrolling through the swarm of responses that have been flooding social media since the plaque's unveiling, one thing becomes abundantly clear: almost none of the reactions have been positive and almost all of the comparisons have been male. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Brandi Chastain's Hall of Fame plaque looks nothing like her and the internet is having a field day," 22 May 2018 Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw her kids scrolling through life with rapid-fire thumbs and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. Beaverton City Library, OregonLive.com, "Beaverton City Library Screening of 'Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age'," 9 Mar. 2018 This, combined with physical dials on either end that can be used to scroll the device while in cylinder mode makes for a devices that, while nowhere near practice, is certainly unique. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Finally, a Cylindrical Smartphone," 17 Sep. 2018 That adds up to 2,710 gigatons of ice turned into water between 1992 and 2017 (get ready to scroll). Umair Irfan, Vox, "Antarctica has lost 2.71 trillion tons of ice. Here’s what that looks like.," 12 Sep. 2018 This summer, it's been impossible to scroll through Instagram without seeing yet another chin-length bob. Andrea Park, Allure, "Emily Ratajkowski Debuted a Gorgeous Bob Hairstyle While Teasing a Mysterious New Project on Instagram," 17 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of scroll

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1973, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for scroll

Noun

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

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More Definitions for scroll

scroll

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scroll

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

scroll

verb

English Language Learners Definition of scroll (Entry 2 of 2)

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

scroll

noun
\ˈskrōl \

Kids Definition of scroll

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a roll of paper or parchment on which something is written or engraved

scroll

verb
scrolled; scrolling

Kids Definition of scroll (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move words or images up or down a display screen as if by unrolling a scroll

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