Definition of scroll in English:

scroll

noun

  • 1A roll of parchment or paper for writing on.

    • ‘A few sums scratched on a papyrus scroll would do the trick.’
    • ‘Monks scribbled personal details in bound volumes or unfurled wispy scrolls.’
    • ‘A special commemorative scroll containing the preview and Nationalist report of that junior final was presented to each team member.’
    • ‘Then with sudden animation, he unfurled his scroll.’
    • ‘He produced a scroll of parchment from inside his clothing and held it open in front of Huw.’
    • ‘He reached into his shirt and pulled out a long scroll of paper.’
    • ‘I'd already discovered poems of his hanging like little scrolls on the wall of a new friend's room.’
    • ‘He held out a papyrus scroll, bound with papyrus reeds.’
    • ‘The king unrolled the scroll and read it with a concerned look on his face.’
    • ‘Her present proved to be a scroll of parchment, or rather several bundled together.’
    • ‘He holds up a small scroll in his hands.’
    • ‘Tamara nervously fidgeted as he approached her holding a scroll in his left hand.’
    • ‘He reached under the table and pulled out a rolled up scroll.’
    cylinder, tube
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    1. 1.1 An ancient book or document written on a scroll.
      • ‘And what about papyrus scrolls from the first century B.C.?’
      • ‘Books and scrolls are nearby, as are servants attending him with a wine pitcher and bringing a large covered jar.’
      • ‘In the RA exhibition, the scrolls are displayed opened out.’
      • ‘She was into all things mysterious, be it ancient scrolls, foreign scriptures, alien mysteries or cryptic rhymes.’
      • ‘It is in part from these scrolls that Euro-Americans have learned of the significance of bears and other animals in the rituals of the midewiwin.’
      • ‘The library is said to have contained hundreds of thousands of papyrus and vellum scrolls.’
    2. 1.2 An ornamental design or carving resembling a partly unrolled scroll of parchment, e.g. on the capital of a column, or at the end of a stringed instrument.
      • ‘Of all the carving operations associated with stringed musical instruments carving the scroll of violin family instruments seems to be one of the most difficult to grasp.’
      • ‘Amongst the furniture is a large chaise longue, with hugely over-sized ram's horn scrolls.’
      • ‘The remaining wall is covered with a wallpaper-like series of repeated images in ink, ornamented by scrolls in red and featuring drawings of hanged witches, palmistry and physiognomy studies.’
      • ‘Acanthus scrolls of identical composition are also found on several decanters.’
      • ‘On its back, he shaped shells and cartouches, or fanciful scrolls, which communicated that this chair was not meant to stiffly line the wall but rather to be moved about for impromptu use.’
    3. 1.3Heraldry Art A depiction of a narrow ribbon bearing a motto or inscription.
      • ‘Over his head a sky azure environed with a scroll gules with the motto ‘E Pluribus Unum’ argent.’
      • ‘Sir James Galloway (later 1st Lord Dunkeld) petitioned in 1631 for a crest, scroll and motto to be assigned ‘unto his ancient coat-armour’, suggesting that he was of armigerous descent.’
  • 2mass noun, usually as modifier The facility which moves a display on a computer screen in order to view new material.

    ‘if scroll is enabled, the window scrolls down’
    ‘switch the scroll lock off’
    • ‘One downside with this mouse is the fact it only has 2 buttons (plus the scroll wheel button).’
    • ‘Use the Scroll tab of the Options dialog to change scroll behavior.’
    • ‘The number of lines comes from the scroll option (default: half a screen).’
    • ‘How do I disable my scroll?’
    • ‘As your scroll bar is telling you, this document alone is large enough.’

verb

  • 1no object, with adverbial Move displayed text or graphics in a particular direction on a computer screen in order to view different parts of them.

    ‘she scrolled through her file’
    • ‘He scrolled through all the names in his card file and eventually assembled a staff of ‘personal friends and business brothers’ to support his efforts at gathering additional resources.’
    • ‘I scrolled back to the top of the list and looked at the first name and saw " Aaron".’
    • ‘But not being able to scroll horizontally is unfortunate.’
    • ‘I keep scrolling down the page to look at my box of blue eggs.’
    • ‘Turning back to the page, Melanie scrolled down to the bottom.’
    • ‘Keep clicking and scrolling to see the record over the past few years.’
    • ‘You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a number 9.’
    • ‘If you scroll down a bit, you'll see he reckons I'm having doubts.’
    • ‘Julian scrolled down to the bottom in bewilderment and read the last sentence.’
    • ‘He scrolled down the list of his numerous messages, glancing over the titles.’
    • ‘Use the wheel to scroll up and down the page - quickly and easily.’
    • ‘After scrolling down to the bottom, she dates her entry and begins.’
    • ‘If you scroll down the page a little, you can see my pictures.’
    • ‘Seth looked back to the screen and scrolled down a bit.’
    • ‘Intrigued, I scrolled to see what music they recommended for me.’
    • ‘You probably should then scroll up and read all the rest of the page.’
    • ‘In short, the proprietary targeted ad platform cannot be deleted, clicked-through or scrolled away, according to company officials.’
    • ‘Andrew scrolled quickly through Leo's message, then hit Reply.’
    • ‘Apparently an ETA is displayed by scrolling across although I didn't manage to find this.’
    1. 1.1 (of displayed text or graphics) move up, down, or across a computer screen.
      ‘the words of the story begin scrolling up the screen’
      • ‘Local stations broadcast information on curfew times scrolled across the screens.’
      • ‘Graphics spun all over the screen as testimonials from happy clients scrolled up and down.’
      • ‘Her sight was in shades of turquoise and numbers scrolled endlessly in the corners of her vision.’
      • ‘He presses a sequence of buttons and information starts to scroll across the screen.’
      • ‘Colored dots scroll across your screen and tell you which bongo to hit to keep time with the music.’
      • ‘All advertisements will consist of text scrolling at the maximum visible speed accompanied by modem connection tones.’
      • ‘The computer screen before him had a small bit of green text scrolled across it.’
      • ‘His grid suddenly turned to a screen and several characters were scrolling across at a rapid pace.’
      • ‘Maybe his ultimate quest, really, is about the boy who didn't want to leave the cineplex until every last frame - every last line of credits - had scrolled.’
      • ‘Lines of black text emerged from the bottom of the screen and scrolled up and away toward a vanishing point somewhere near the top.’
      • ‘I remember playing this game to the end and expected some spectacular bravado ending, but all I got were the words ‘The End’, and then the credits scrolled up.’
      • ‘Song titles and artist information scroll across the screen.’
  • 2with object Cause to move like paper rolling or unrolling.

    ‘the wind scrolled back the uppermost layer of loose dust’

Origin

Late Middle English: alteration of obsolete scrow ‘roll’, shortening of escrow.

Pronunciation

scroll

/skrəʊl/