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scroll

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noun \ˈskrōl\

Definition of scroll

  1. 1a :  a roll (as of papyrus, leather, or parchment) for writing a documentb archaic :  a written messagec :  roster, listd :  a riband with rolled ends often inscribed with a motto

  2. 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 scrollb :  the curved head of a bowed stringed musical instrument — see violin illustration

scrolled

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Examples of scroll in a sentence

  1. He read from the scroll.

  2. a scarf with lovely green scrolls on it

Illustration of scroll

Origin and Etymology of scroll

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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scroll

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Definition of scroll

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move text or graphics up or down or across a display screen as if by unrolling a scroll

  3. 2 :  to progress, move, or be revealed as if by the unrolling of a scroll watch scenery scroll by large picture windows — David Yeadon

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to cause (text or graphics on a display screen) to move in scrolling

Examples of scroll in a sentence

  1. You have to scroll the screen to see the bottom of the Web page.

1973

First Known Use of scroll

1973



SCROLL Defined for English Language Learners

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scroll

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noun \ˈskrōl\

Definition of scroll for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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scroll

verb

Definition of scroll for English Language Learners

  • 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 Defined for Kids

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scroll

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noun \ˈskrōl\

Definition of scroll for Students

  1. :  a roll of paper or parchment on which something is written or engraved


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scroll

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Definition of scroll for Students

scrolled

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scrolling

  1. :  to move words or images up or down a display screen as if by unrolling a scroll



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