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: a roll (as of papyrus, leather, or parchment) for writing a document
archaic : a written message
: a riband with rolled ends often inscribed with a motto
: 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
: the curved head of a bowed stringed musical instrument see violin illustration
scrolled adjective

Illustration of scroll

Illustration of scroll
  • scroll 1a


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scrolled; scrolling; scrolls

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 windowsDavid Yeadon

transitive verb

: to cause (text or graphics on a display screen) to move in scrolling

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
One of the central, and first, installations that the visitor encounters is, in fact, a magnification of the illustration that appeared on the scroll—a glorious tidal wave of phalaenopsis that looms over the visitor. Chloe Schama, Vogue, 17 Feb. 2023 In the centuries prior to its writing there were only portions or sections of biblical texts in scroll form -- which came to be known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, 15 Feb. 2023 Under the games is an infinite scroll feed designed to keep users browsing and buying. Emily Mason, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2023 And then Kerouac’s typewriter scroll, and a bunch of other stuff. Bart Bull, SPIN, 10 Feb. 2023 The 37-year-old English actor came out publicly back in 2020, self-identifying as gay through a simplistic, scroll-and-you’d-miss it, four-sentence post. Sean Abrams, Men's Health, 3 Feb. 2023 He's made a single-location potboiler that echoes the rapid proliferation of crackpot conspiracy theories and the powerful urge to doom scroll. A.a. Dowd, Chron, 1 Feb. 2023 Names of Jungfernhof prisoners scroll throughout the video. Cate Mcquaid,, 29 Jan. 2023 Google has been adding more visual features—and an infinite scroll effect—to search, an obvious ploy to pull in more users from Generation TikTok. Lauren Goode, WIRED, 26 Jan. 2023
Some of you will scroll through, press play on seven seconds of a new record, and form an opinion. Maria Sherman, SPIN, 28 Feb. 2023 Tap or click here and scroll to No. 5 for steps on creating new email addresses on the fly. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 17 Nov. 2022 To manage your notifications, go to the Watch app and scroll to each individual app. Adrienne So, WIRED, 5 Sep. 2022 The feature instantly started playing a television show or movie without making users scroll through Netflix’s library to find something to watch. Katie Deighton, WSJ, 14 Feb. 2023 There’s a drop-down menu for various contest categories, or just scroll or search down the whole main list. Pat Myers, Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2022 As readers scroll through the article online, the animation shifts from Ecuador to Peru to Argentina. Terence Mcginley, New York Times, 9 Oct. 2022 Just scroll down on the download page to find the QR. Mythili Devarakonda, USA TODAY, 4 Sep. 2022 People get invested in the game, leave the room, scroll through their phones, chat with their friends. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, 12 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


1973, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near scroll

Cite this Entry

“Scroll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a roll of paper or animal skin that has been prepared as a writing surface
especially : one on which something is written or engraved
: an ornament resembling a loosely or partly rolled scroll


2 of 2 verb
: to move (as text or graphics) up or down or across a display screen as if by unrolling a scroll

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