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

Unlike plate food, which demands cutting, bowl food can be eaten one-handed, leaving the other hand free to flick through a book or scroll through Twitter . Bee Wilson, WSJ, "The Comfort of Bowl Food," 13 July 2018 Innovations like infinite scroll are the reason Facebook feeds have no bottom. William Wan, chicagotribune.com, "I had a bit of an app addiction. Until these apps saved me.," 5 July 2018 Stream the video in full below, and scroll on for Milosh's thoughts on reconnecting with nature for Blood, life on the road, getting recognized in public and more. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Rhye Reflects on His 'Rebirth,' Talks Directing 'Phoenix' Video With His Girlfriend/Creative Partner," 5 June 2018 To shop for a bargain on Apple gear, scroll to the bottom of a page on the Apple website and click the Refurbished and Clearance link. Bob Levitus, Houston Chronicle, "Pay less for your next Apple product," 13 July 2018 For more, scroll down to see the past year's worth of previous avgeek galleries. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "July's #avgeek gallery: 40 cool aviation photos," 12 July 2018 Tap the Menu button in the upper-left corner and scroll down to Settings. New York Times, "Taking a Vacation From Email," 25 June 2018 On Sunday, members of Beth Ahm and of Temple Beth Hillel in South Windsor, who will merge together, will participate in a symbolic Torah walk, carrying a scroll 10 miles from its old home to its new one. Steven Goode, Courant Community, "End of An Era for Windsor Synagogue," 24 June 2018 Further scrolls were found in subsequent years, up to 1956. James Rogers, Fox News, "Dead Sea Scrolls discovery: Tech reveals hidden script," 2 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Those willing to scroll up to the top of the article would also notice that the ± 0.7 seconds isn't a whole lot better than the previous precision record, ± 0.8 seconds. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "How long can a neutron survive outside an atom?," 14 May 2018 People can use the service to scroll through a list of their past activities going back to a day or even weeks. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "4 Interesting New Features From Microsoft's Latest Windows 10 Update," 10 Apr. 2018 How many of us are going to take the time to scroll through the new policies and change our data settings, though? Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "Why Do We Care So Much About Privacy?," 22 Sep. 2014 For more details on all four Prime Day launches, keep scrolling and remember that this is only the beginning. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Amazon Is Launching Exclusive Beauty Products for Prime Day 2018," 10 July 2018 Keep scrolling for answers to some common questions about Pride and the LGBTQ community. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "What does LGBTQIA mean? And more answers to your Pride Month questions," 11 June 2018 Without their contributions, the company has little to incentivize people to keep scrolling and spending time on the platform. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Facebook Bug Made Up to 14 Million Users' Posts Public For Days," 7 June 2018 Sliding the pill home button to the right triggers a scrolling recent app screen, and sliding left and right kind of actions like a scroll bar. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android P Preview 4 tweaks gesture navigation, revamps system icons," 3 July 2018 With her dog nearby, and a pot of coffee handy, Ms. Shaw scrolled for hours at her computer and forged friendships with survivors. J.m. Lawrence, BostonGlobe.com, "Kathy Shaw, who tirelessly tracked clergy sex abuse for blog, dies at 72," 29 June 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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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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