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

Not to mention an endless scroll of Pinterest boards dedicated to Ramadan planning. refinery29.com, "How Pinterest Changed The Way We Celebrate Ramadan," 15 May 2018 Check out quick reviews below of our top-five compact cameras, or scroll deeper for helpful buying info and full reviews of those models plus other high-ranking options. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Compact Digital Cameras for Capturing Your Adventures," 17 Apr. 2019 Inevitably French provincial in style, with swooping scrolls meeting in the middle, these classic designs had been co-opted as entertainment centers. Hannah Lavine, WSJ, "Combat Clutter the Most Elegant Way: An Armoire’s Timeless Appeal," 29 Mar. 2019 Other scrolls are covered with paintings of iconic scenes. Emily Ferguson, WSJ, "The Legacy of a Japanese Classic," 22 Feb. 2019 That’s what Instagram users wanted to know Thursday morning when some people got a new version of the app that required them to tap through posts instead of scroll through them. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Instagram got rid of the scrolling feed for some users and people freaked out," 27 Dec. 2018 After that, scroll to Your Information, then tap Review and Manage Your Categories. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "‘Beto for Texas’? ‘Team Nunes’? How to Get Political Ads Off Your Facebook Feed," 29 Oct. 2018 Then scroll through a list of emojis—there’s the cool sunglasses emoji, the happy-and-blushing face, and the laugh-crying emoji, and, of course, the poop emoji. Jeffrey Van Camp, WIRED, "Want Animoji, but Not the iPhone X? Try These Apps Instead," 9 Mar. 2018 Today, it’s once again favored by the design world, and Miss Piggy (scroll down). Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Is This the Original SAD Lamp? The Best Tropical Light Fixtures to Ward Off Seasonal Blues," 12 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Besides scrolling through tweets or taking selfies with fans in public, Chrissy also appreciates all the wonderfully odd (and sometimes spot-on) fan theories the internet has to offer — even the ones that suggest doom in Kate's future. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Chrissy Metz Says This Is Us Fans Have Kate All Wrong," 19 Mar. 2019 EBay has been working for years to redefine itself as shoppers increasingly turn to their phones, showing little patience for scrolling through thousands of listings. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Starboard, Elliott Management Call on eBay to Shed StubHub, Classifieds," 22 Jan. 2019 Like it or not, nothing inspires a vacation in the year of our Lord 2018 quite like scrolling through Instagram. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Hotel Will Make All The Fashion Girls Flock to Amsterdam," 15 Nov. 2018 The advantages of a short album are obvious: it can be completed and released quicker, with fans being able to listen on-the-go without scrolling through boring filler tracks. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Drake’s Cryptic Billboards Hint At A Double Release — But Should He Bother?," 23 June 2018 Understanding the world, can’t be done by scrolling through a screen of snaps and tweets. NBC News, "Tim Russert: Loss and lessons a decade later," 13 June 2018 Reading this book is as addictive as scrolling through your Instagram or Twitter feed, and certainly as binge-worthy as any reality TV marathon. Sophie Dodd, PEOPLE.com, "Bestselling Author Jessica Knoll Is Back with a Real Housewives-Inspired Page-Turner,The Favorite Sister," 16 May 2018 Check out our photos from the event and see what New Orleanians were saying about the race on social media by scrolling below. NOLA.com, "New Orleanians share their Crescent City Classic triumphs," 31 Mar. 2018 Get your nose in there and give it a good whiff, and take a couple concentrated sips without scrolling through your feed. Marissa A. Ross, Bon Appetit, "A Beginner’s Guide to Wine Faults and Flaws," 16 Jan. 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 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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