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

This is how Ms Shafak’s book gets its title, and its conceit, as the dead-but-not-dead Leila scrolls back through the story of her life. The Economist, "Elif Shafak’s new novel is powerful and unflinching," 15 June 2019 The most recent project is a scroll of the 176 pages of Robert S. Mueller III’s report that were partly redacted. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Cold War ignites inspiration for Culture House DC artist," 14 June 2019 Before the models stepped out from backstage, the designer appeared with a long scroll of paper. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Emilie Helmstedt Is Writing Her Own Danish Fairy Tale With Whimsical Clothes," 22 Mar. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But for every woman who feels seen by Duff's essay-length captions on pumping, or less alone when scrolling past a photo of Duff cradling her sick infant, there are those who object to her candor. Glamour, "Hilary Duff Will Feed Her Daughter Any Damn Way She Wants, Thanks," 12 June 2019 Keep scrolling for the most genius outfit hacks for curvy girls. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "12 Curvy Girl Fashion Hacks to Get You Through Summer," 23 May 2019 In March 2017, Pagé, 32, discovered Pauly while scrolling on her search feed. Amber Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "‘We’re the only ones who understand our situation’: Wives and girlfriends of men in wheelchairs form unique sisterhood," 10 Sep. 2018 In recent months, Facebook admitted that passive use of Facebook — aimless scrolling through the news feed — can be bad for mental health. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Are people really deleting their Facebook accounts? It's complicated," 28 Mar. 2018 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

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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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