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
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 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

The Harem Conspiracy July 15, 2019•23 min Murder, succession, and a 18-foot scroll of papyrus that reads like an ancient Egyptian episode of Law and Order. National Geographic, "Episode 6: Harem Conspiracy Papyrus," 16 July 2019 But, a click on the hashtag #rainbowhouse and a quick scroll will reveal that the San Francisco facade is far from the only rainbow home out there. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "These Rainbow Houses Are Our Favorite Way to Celebrate Pride," 25 June 2019 The advent of Western philosophy is a great excuse to get out a scroll and start journaling! Graham Techler, The New Yorker, "Self-Care Through the Ages," 5 June 2019 But, in an omen of what would happen to the entire world, later versions of the iPod had the screen overtake the dial, and the circular scroll became the downward or upward swipe. Nikil Saval, The New Yorker, "For Better and Worse, We Live in Jony Ive’s World," 2 July 2019 Find all of this year’s trips down memory lane below as SI rolls them out, and scroll on to read the best stories from the ’18, ’17 and ’16 issues. SI.com, "Sports Illustrated's Where Are They Now? Stories," 23 June 2019 Oh is documenting the most stylish editors, models, and world-famous athletes outside the shows; scroll through his latest photos here, and check back all week for his daily updates. Vogue, "Phil Oh’s Best Street Style Photos From the Spring 2020 Menswear Shows in Paris," 21 June 2019 This is how Ms Shafak’s book gets its title, and its conceit, as the dead-but-not-dead Leila scrolls back through the story of her life. The Economist, "Elif Shafak’s new novel is powerful and unflinching," 15 June 2019 The most recent project is a scroll of the 176 pages of Robert S. Mueller III’s report that were partly redacted. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Cold War ignites inspiration for Culture House DC artist," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This is the definitive side-scrolling Mario experience for the Switch, offering the potential for infinite crowdsourced enjoyment. —E.L. Nick Romano, EW.com, "10 best videogames of 2019 (so far)," 27 June 2019 Check out the five top soft coolers below or keep scrolling for longer reviews and even more great options, plus tips on how to choose the right one. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Soft Coolers for Any Outing," 25 June 2019 Keep scrolling for a 10-minute makeup tutorial for women who consider time a luxury (*raises hand*). Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "I Tried Sir John's New Lion King Collection," 21 June 2019 For more details on the shades, just keep scrolling. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Physicians Formula Just Added Gorgeous Rose-Shaped Highlighters to Its Rosé Collection [Update]," 14 June 2019 Those are just a few ideas — keep scrolling to discover more than 20 graduation hairstyles that are perfect for your walk across the stage! Teen Vogue, "20+ Graduation Hairstyles That Won't Give You Cap Hair," 20 May 2019 Keep scrolling to get the calendar, and links to every workout below that! SELF, "Spring Fitness Challenge Calendar," 28 Apr. 2019 But for every woman who feels seen by Duff's essay-length captions on pumping, or less alone when scrolling past a photo of Duff cradling her sick infant, there are those who object to her candor. Glamour, "Hilary Duff Will Feed Her Daughter Any Damn Way She Wants, Thanks," 12 June 2019 Keep scrolling for the most genius outfit hacks for curvy girls. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "12 Curvy Girl Fashion Hacks to Get You Through Summer," 23 May 2019

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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 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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