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
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 Just like TikTok, Reels lets users shoot and edit videos, add music and scroll through a feed of others’ clips. Rachel Lerman, Washington Post, "Instagram’s new copycat video tool will have TikTok reeling," 5 Aug. 2020 His bedroom gallery shelving mixes a Chinese scroll-carrying case and wooden food vessels from India with African handwoven baskets. Maria C. Hunt, House Beautiful, "How We Can Learn From Appropriation in Design," 29 July 2020 The MagSpeed scroll wheel took a few days to adjust to, but it’s definitely a highlight. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "Logitech has updated the MX Keys, MX Master 3 and K380 keyboard specifically for the Mac," 7 July 2020 He’s known on TikTok for hoop dancing, which captures your attention mid-scroll. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "James Jones Is Bringing Indigenous Style and Dancing to TikTok," 12 July 2020 Both cars share the same base twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8, but the Alpina adds larger twin-scroll turbos, additional cooling, and a freer-flowing exhaust with switchable acoustic flaps. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "2021 Alpina XB7 Throws a Three-Ton Haymaker," 10 July 2020 JavaScript timers often track user interaction with a webpage, checking things like the scroll position and ad interaction while a tab is open. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "New Chrome experiment promises up to 28% more battery life," 7 July 2020 From the early days of Destiny's Child to the arrival of Lizzo, get ready to take a scroll through memory lane. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "BET Awards: The Most Iconic Looks from the Past Two Decades," 28 June 2020 If animal videos are taking up too much space, either in your news feed or your psyche, scroll past them for a while. Elizabeth Heath, Washington Post, "Go ahead and watch. Cute or funny animal videos can be good for you.," 26 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For the full list of the best hotels in Spain and Portugal, scroll on. Peter Terzian, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 5 Resort Hotels in Spain and Portugal," 8 July 2020 To see the questionnaire and detailed results, click here and scroll down to download the PDF. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Poll of North Texans shows big concern about jobs lost to coronavirus but also about safety," 23 June 2020 Tablets may have started out as luxury items — something people would break out to stream videos and scroll social media when their phones didn’t suffice and laptops were too bulky to take on the go. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "The best tablets of 2020," 9 July 2020 Listen to the episode by clicking on the player above, and scroll down to read a transcript of Ho's full conversation with Hassan. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Hawa Hassan will put Somali food in the spotlight — on her own terms," 6 July 2020 Then, scroll on for job opportunities from Amazon, HBO Max, Wellpath, and more. Kristine Gill, Fortune, "How to get promoted while working remotely," 26 June 2020 Even the multifunction display on each car's steering wheel accurately reflects the data that a real racing driver would be presented with (complete with multiple pages of data to scroll through). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Assetto Corsa Competizione," 23 June 2020 From a short and shapely crop to the perfect restorative mid-length lob, scroll through for a peek at the budding styles poised to be in high demand post-quarantine. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "The 5 Biggest Post-Quarantine Haircut Trends," 22 June 2020 For the Dad who is always in suits to the sweatsuit lover, scroll through stylish selects below perfect for Father’s Day. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Father's Day Gifts For The Dad Who Loves Fashion," 9 June 2020

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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 entry 1

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The first known use of scroll was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

11 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Scroll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scroll. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for scroll

scroll

noun
How to pronounce scroll (audio)

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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