scroll

noun
\ ˈskrōl How to pronounce scroll (audio) \

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
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 How to pronounce scrolled (audio) \ 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 This morning, while most of the content urged everyone to get out and vote, some went above and beyond, offering a scroll-stopping statement worthy of note. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Lizzo’s Election Day Post Makes a Powerful Statement," 3 Nov. 2020 Gender isn’t one of the categories listed in Utah’s scroll of people who have voted so far, but there’s a sneaky way of estimating gender turnout anyway: by using people’s first names. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s early vote: Younger voters are turning out and the GOP is catching up," 29 Oct. 2020 The eight-minute applause track contains surely the longest, and most moving, cast scroll, with the names of all 1,400 performers. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Miss the ecstasy and extravagance of Mahler’s Eighth? You’re not alone," 28 Oct. 2020 Or how about a 14-foot scroll for a New York City Democratic primary that Cheng uncovered at the New York Public Library. Ed O'keefe, CBS News, "Examining the process and history behind the way ballots look," 24 Oct. 2020 The Torah scroll is the most sacred object of Jewish life and the centerpiece of its Sabbath service. Meir Soloveichik, WSJ, "A Former Catholic Dances With the Torah," 8 Oct. 2020 Today, people carry human history around in their pockets, unlocked with a few taps and a scroll. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, "New Spirits Rise in Old, Repurposed Churches," 8 Sep. 2020 Indexed a scroll of crisscrossed ankles, wrists, brown paper dolls intertwined by headlines, ending in a campaign ad. Marcus Wicker, The Atlantic, "Blursday Blues," 18 Oct. 2020 The man who cut the scroll in two reportedly purchased it for just $65. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Stolen Mao Zedong Scroll Was Found Cut in Half," 9 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His pain was from a repetitive stress injury from holding his phone one-handed and using his thumb to scroll through more and more stories about the election. Lily Janiak, SFChronicle.com, "Biden won the election, but doomscrolling is here to stay," 14 Nov. 2020 The map is interactive, so users can zoom in and out and scroll across the U.S. to find the location an event will take place. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, "Should you go to an event or travel? This COVID-19 risk assessment map can help you decide," 13 Nov. 2020 For stress relief, Adams, who lives in Bedford, Va., likes to scroll through social media looking at woodworking projects, and one of his favorites places is Reddit, where there’s a community dedicated to woodworking. Washington Post, "Why this Virginia man spent days making an Alzheimer’s ‘busy box’ for a stranger," 12 Nov. 2020 Go to the library’s website, then to the databases tab at the top of the page, and then scroll down until Consumer Reports appears on the left-hand side of the page. Chris Smith | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "In-person computer classes are again offered at Jefferson Parish Library," 11 Nov. 2020 Like other social media apps, Parler has a feed of posts to scroll through. NBC News, "A Twitter for conservatives? Parler surges amid election misinformation crackdown," 10 Nov. 2020 For the latest menu, go the school website mcjvs.edu/ and scroll down to the Center Café restaurant tab. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Voters turn out in the fall -- and so do beautiful birds: Whit & Whimsey," 6 Nov. 2020 The app has emerged as a national pastime, with some using it to research where their dates live or provide an escape from the pandemic blues, or as something to scroll through during bouts of insomnia. Daria Solovieva, Fortune, "Behind real estate’s surprise 2020 boom and what comes next," 20 Oct. 2020 For some, the historic event is going to be an irresistible chance to scroll through Twitter, light up group chats and leave the news humming in the background on a TV. Heather Kelly, Washington Post, "Yurts, meditation and medication: Getting through election night by tuning it out," 31 Oct. 2020

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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 entry 1

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The first known use of scroll was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

15 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Scroll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scroll. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for scroll

scroll

noun
How to pronounce scroll (audio)

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 How to pronounce scroll (audio) \

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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