- See under scroll(def 5).
- a roll of parchment, paper, copper, or other material, especially one with writing on it: a scroll containing the entire Old Testament.
- something, especially an ornament, resembling a partly unrolled sheet of paper or having a spiral or coiled form.
- a list, roll, roster, or schedule.
- (in Japanese and Chinese art) a painting or text on silk or paper that is either displayed on a wall (hanging scroll) or held by the viewer (hand scroll) and is rolled up when not in use.Compare kakemono, makimono.
- the curved head of a violin or other bowed instrument.
- a note, message, or other piece of writing.
- to cut into a curved form with a narrow-bladed saw.
- Computers. to move (text) up, down, or across a display screen, with new text appearing on the screen as old text disappears.
- Computers. to move text vertically or horizontally on a display screen in searching for a particular section, line, etc.
Origin of scroll
- a roll of parchment, paper, etc, usually inscribed with writing
- an ancient book in the form of a roll of parchment, papyrus, etc
- a decorative carving or moulding resembling a scroll
- (as modifier)a scroll saw
- (in combination)scrollwork
- (tr) to saw into scrolls
- to roll up like a scroll
- computing to move (text) from right to left or up and down on a screen in order to view text that cannot be contained within a single display image
Word Origin and History for hand scroll
c.1400, "roll of parchment or paper," altered (by association with rolle "roll") from scrowe (c.1200), from Anglo-French escrowe, Old French escroe "scrap, roll of parchment," from Frankish *skroda "shred" or a similar Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *skrauth- (cf. Old English screada "piece cut off, cutting, scrap;" see shred (n.)). As an ornament on furniture or in architecture, from 1610s.
"to write down in a scroll," c.1600, from scroll (n.). Sense of "show a few lines at a time" (on a computer or TV screen) first recorded 1981. Related: Scrolled; scrolling.