\ 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


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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scroll 1a

In the meaning defined above

Other Words from scroll


scrolled \ ˈskrōld How to pronounce scroll (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 Devoid of insight and ricocheting between dull vulgarity and vacuous hero worship, the show, which had its official opening Wednesday at the Longacre Theatre, is less edifying than a scroll through the archives of the tabloids. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 While there is no resident rabbi, the synagogue does keep a kosher Torah scroll in its ark. Cnaan Liphshiz,, 17 Nov. 2021 Webtoons may also be easy to visualize as films and dramas because of their unique scroll-down vertical format that is similar to storyboards made for a film or drama production. Joan Macdonald, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 Some attendees took turns cradling the scroll and carrying it beneath a tallit, or prayer shawl. Rachel Román,, 10 Nov. 2021 Instead, a scroll through social platforms like Douban suggests economic uncertainty and the pandemic have underscored the value of having a thrifty lifestyle. Jane Li, Quartz, 15 Oct. 2021 But, as any scroll through Instagram will prove, sartorial flexes are very much a part of modern life. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, 12 Oct. 2021 Rather than employing the traditional feed layout, an unpredictable never-ending scroll, instead takes away the surprise factor and gives users control of the curation of their feed. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 3 Nov. 2021 The president of George Washington University is speaking out after a fraternity house was vandalized and a Torah scroll was desecrated. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 1 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With your finger still on the original photo, use your other finger to scroll and select additional photos. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 26 Nov. 2021 Use the links below to jump to a specific deals section, or scroll to your hearts content. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 Nov. 2021 Nordstrom is also offering discounts on full-size bottles of a variety of Maison Margiela's other fragrances, so scroll through, read some of the brand's evocative descriptions of their scents, and pick up the one that speaks to you. Sarah Hoffmann, Allure, 25 Nov. 2021 The long Thanksgiving weekend provides an opportunity for awards voters to get through the first pile of screeners — or in the case of the Academy Awards and BAFTA groups, scroll through their streaming room platforms. Clayton Davis, Variety, 24 Nov. 2021 When the sun sets at 4:45 p.m., there’s not much else to do but scroll aimlessly through Instagram for a few hours. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 13 Nov. 2021 In the meantime, scroll down for hints and highlights of the movie making so far. Globe Staff,, 12 Nov. 2021 Searches for the term skyrocketed on Google, reflecting a collective compulsion to endlessly scroll feeds of ominous news on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and other social media. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 11 Nov. 2021 Check this by going to Settings then About, scroll down to AirPods Pro, for instance, and check the firmware version. David Phelan, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of scroll


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


1973, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for scroll


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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“Scroll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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



English Language Learners Definition of scroll (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


\ 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


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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