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scroll

[skrohl]
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noun
  1. a roll of parchment, paper, copper, or other material, especially one with writing on it: a scroll containing the entire Old Testament.
  2. something, especially an ornament, resembling a partly unrolled sheet of paper or having a spiral or coiled form.
  3. a list, roll, roster, or schedule.
  4. (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.
  5. the curved head of a violin or other bowed instrument.
  6. a note, message, or other piece of writing.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cut into a curved form with a narrow-bladed saw.
  2. Computers. to move (text) up, down, or across a display screen, with new text appearing on the screen as old text disappears.
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verb (used without object)
  1. Computers. to move text vertically or horizontally on a display screen in searching for a particular section, line, etc.
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Origin of scroll

1350–1400; Middle English scrowle; blend of scrow, aphetic variant of escrow and rowle roll
Related formsscroll-like, adjective
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Related Words

manuscript, streamer, paper, document, parchment, scripture, schedule, list, writing, scrawl, roll, volute, papyrus

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British Dictionary definitions for scroll

scroll

noun
  1. a roll of parchment, paper, etc, usually inscribed with writing
  2. an ancient book in the form of a roll of parchment, papyrus, etc
    1. a decorative carving or moulding resembling a scroll
    2. (as modifier)a scroll saw
    3. (in combination)scrollwork
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verb
  1. (tr) to saw into scrolls
  2. to roll up like a scroll
  3. 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
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Word Origin

C15 scrowle, from scrowe, from Old French escroe scrap of parchment, but also influenced by roll
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Word Origin and History for scroll

n.

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.

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v.

"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.

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