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: a roll (as of papyrus, leather, or parchment) for writing a document
archaic : a written message
: a riband with rolled ends often inscribed with a motto
: 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
: the curved head of a bowed stringed musical instrument see violin illustration
scrolled adjective

Illustration of scroll

Illustration of scroll
  • scroll 1a


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scrolled; scrolling; scrolls

intransitive verb

: to move text or graphics up or down or across a display screen as if by unrolling a scroll
: to progress, move, or be revealed as if by the unrolling of a scroll
watch scenery scroll by large picture windowsDavid Yeadon

transitive verb

: to cause (text or graphics on a display screen) to move in scrolling

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


1973, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Scroll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a roll of paper or animal skin that has been prepared as a writing surface
especially : one on which something is written or engraved
: an ornament resembling a loosely or partly rolled scroll


2 of 2 verb
: to move (as text or graphics) up or down or across a display screen as if by unrolling a scroll

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