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

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 Just scroll to the right screen to check your progress. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google’s huge Wear OS revamp makes the OS work more like Android," 29 Aug. 2018 Or at least that was the first adage that came to mind upon a quick scroll through Instagram yesterday, which found the icon sharing a throwback capture of herself in the buff, the snap accompanied by a timeless message of empowerment. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Madonna’s Nude Throwback Instagram Proves She Is the Original Sex Positive Girl," 20 Dec. 2018 And with a quick scroll through Cameron's Insta, the couple does seem to be going strong. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Justin Bieber is Probably NOT Dating Hailee Steinfeld, Okay?," 2 May 2017 Below, scroll through some of the holiday celebrations that your fave celebs shared in. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "How Celebrities Including Demi Lovato, BTS, Ariana Grande, and Kylie Jenner Spent Christmas," 26 Dec. 2018 For proof, just take a scroll through Gwen Berry’s Instagram. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Olympic Hammer Thrower Gwen Berry Shares Her Intense Training Regimen," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The second photo in his post, when scrolled right, depicts a curly-haired baby Jack, with his smiling pop. Kaitlin Menza, Woman's Day, "Luke Perry's Children Posted Tributes to Their Dad on Instagram," 6 Mar. 2019 Instagram has quietly started testing a horizontal feed for some users, a huge sideways shift from the vertically-scrolling user experience that’s been the norm since the app launched. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Instagram is testing a new horizontal feed," 27 Dec. 2018 Check out the full video tour below, then scroll down farther for a glimpse at the rest of Kylie's house, which — spoiler — is also pretty freaking envy-inducing. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "Kylie Jenner Has An Entire Closet For Purses, And It Is Epic," 17 Aug. 2018 Then, click Settings and Privacy and scroll down to the button that says Request your archive. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Delete All Your Tweets," 2 Aug. 2018 Keep scrolling for a primer on jute rugs, including tips on incorporating them into your design scheme and a selection of our favorite designs available for purchase right now. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "What is a Jute Rug?," 20 Feb. 2019 Then, keep scrolling for the first photos from the episode ahead: Mohawk tribe members Kaheroton, Satehoronies, and Chief Tehwahsehkwe in their village, Shadow Lake. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Sneak Peek: Jamie Attempts to Rescue Roger in the Season 4 Finale," 25 Jan. 2019 Instead of throwing them in a random bin — or worse — in the trash, keep scrolling for what to do. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "What You Should Do With All Your Clothes That Don't “Spark Joy"," 11 Jan. 2019 Keep scrolling to find out which sheet mask, face mist, toner, cleansing water, and more got their seal of approval. Devon Abelman, Allure, "11 Korean Skin-Care Products That Allure Korea's Editors Actually Use," 15 Oct. 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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