Definition of scroll in US English:

scroll

noun

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

    • ‘Tamara nervously fidgeted as he approached her holding a scroll in his left hand.’
    • ‘A special commemorative scroll containing the preview and Nationalist report of that junior final was presented to each team member.’
    • ‘Her present proved to be a scroll of parchment, or rather several bundled together.’
    • ‘He reached into his shirt and pulled out a long scroll of paper.’
    • ‘He reached under the table and pulled out a rolled up scroll.’
    • ‘Then with sudden animation, he unfurled his scroll.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Monks scribbled personal details in bound volumes or unfurled wispy scrolls.’
    • ‘A few sums scratched on a papyrus scroll would do the trick.’
    • ‘I'd already discovered poems of his hanging like little scrolls on the wall of a new friend's room.’
    • ‘He holds up a small scroll in his hands.’
    • ‘He produced a scroll of parchment from inside his clothing and held it open in front of Huw.’
    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.?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The library is said to have contained hundreds of thousands of papyrus and vellum scrolls.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Books and scrolls are nearby, as are servants attending him with a wine pitcher and bringing a large covered jar.’
    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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Amongst the furniture is a large chaise longue, with hugely over-sized ram's horn scrolls.’
      • ‘Acanthus scrolls of identical composition are also found on several decanters.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3Art Heraldry 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.

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

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’
    • ‘Keep clicking and scrolling to see the record over the past few years.’
    • ‘If you scroll down the page a little, you can see my pictures.’
    • ‘I keep scrolling down the page to look at my box of blue eggs.’
    • ‘After scrolling down to the bottom, she dates her entry and begins.’
    • ‘In short, the proprietary targeted ad platform cannot be deleted, clicked-through or scrolled away, according to company officials.’
    • ‘Apparently an ETA is displayed by scrolling across although I didn't manage to find this.’
    • ‘Intrigued, I scrolled to see what music they recommended for me.’
    • ‘You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a number 9.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Turning back to the page, Melanie scrolled down to the bottom.’
    • ‘If you scroll down a bit, you'll see he reckons I'm having doubts.’
    • ‘Use the wheel to scroll up and down the page - quickly and easily.’
    • ‘I scrolled back to the top of the list and looked at the first name and saw " Aaron".’
    • ‘You probably should then scroll up and read all the rest of the page.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Seth looked back to the screen and scrolled down a bit.’
    • ‘But not being able to scroll horizontally is unfortunate.’
    • ‘Andrew scrolled quickly through Leo's message, then hit Reply.’
    1. 1.1 (of displayed text or graphics) move up, down, or across a computer screen.
      • ‘His grid suddenly turned to a screen and several characters were scrolling across at a rapid pace.’
      • ‘Lines of black text emerged from the bottom of the screen and scrolled up and away toward a vanishing point somewhere near the top.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All advertisements will consist of text scrolling at the maximum visible speed accompanied by modem connection tones.’
      • ‘Song titles and artist information scroll across the screen.’
      • ‘Local stations broadcast information on curfew times scrolled across the screens.’
      • ‘The computer screen before him had a small bit of green text scrolled across it.’
      • ‘Colored dots scroll across your screen and tell you which bongo to hit to keep time with the music.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Graphics spun all over the screen as testimonials from happy clients scrolled up and down.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 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

/skrōl//skroʊl/