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

The Pro Intellimouse is a five-button mouse, with left- and right-click, a clickable scroll wheel, and two clickable buttons on the left side of the mouse. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Pro Intellimouse for gaming puts a sassy taillight on an otherwise sober design," 28 May 2019 Now, scroll on for the ultimate Mother's Day beauty gift guide. Teen Vogue, "Mother’s Day 2019 Beauty Gift Ideas," 3 May 2019 Below, scroll through a gallery of every person that attended the 2019 Met Gala. Teen Vogue, "Every Single Met Gala 2019 Red Carpet Look," 6 May 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Join us Friday at 6 p.m. and then scroll down this story for live scoring, news and in-game analysis as the Warriors look to even the NBA Finals in Game 4 at Oracle Arena. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Live NBA Finals updates: Warriors vs. Raptors, Game 4, Friday," 7 June 2019 Eyes scan, and fingers scroll their phone’s tantalizing menu. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: Mothers and fathers, put down your phones," 6 June 2019 CICs are boxy, gloomy, windowless rooms with sailors sitting at banks of consoles, data scrolling down screens in front of them. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Frigate's Combat Information Center Is Straight Out of 'Star Trek'," 29 May 2019 But spending too long scrolling on the couch (or in bed) can result in calories that aren’t burned off and brains that haven’t received endorphin boosts from movement. Shelby Deering, Good Housekeeping, "5 Surprising Ways Your Phone Can Get You Off the Couch," 15 May 2019 For a look at our favorites, just keep on scrolling. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "The Dramatic False Eyelash Trend Proves the Beauty World Is Ready to Bold Again," 7 May 2019 During Mariah's performance at the Billboard Music Awards in 2015, J-Lo was seen scrolling through her phone and checking Instagram. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "8 Celeb Feuds that Will Never, Ever Go Away," 6 Mar. 2019 The images were also long rectangles that got cut off by standard Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram framing, so users had to make the conscious effort to click on them instead of passively scrolling by. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The best memes of 2018, according to The Verge staff," 27 Dec. 2018 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

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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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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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