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scroll

[skrohl] /skroʊl/
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.
verb (used with object)
7.
to cut into a curved form with a narrow-bladed saw.
8.
Computers. to move (text) up, down, or across a display screen, with new text appearing on the screen as old text disappears.
verb (used without object)
9.
Computers. to move text vertically or horizontally on a display screen in searching for a particular section, line, etc.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English scrowle; blend of scrow, aphetic variant of escrow and rowle roll
Related forms
scroll-like, adjective
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Examples for scroll
  • Once your eyes take over, you no longer have to physically scroll down a page.
  • Using your fingers, scroll down to continue reading an article.
  • Your only option is to painstakingly scroll through your favorites and extract any relevant information from them manually.
  • scroll down to see the data sliced and diced in various different ways.
  • scroll down to view a larger version of this diagram.
  • The transcript will automatically scroll as the audio is played.
  • And if you scroll down the study it shows this sample compared to the study sample and there are significant differences.
  • The iconic white headphones, round scroll wheel, etc.
  • The site is wider than my screen, forcing me to scroll horizontally.
  • Tap an item to hear it, double tap to activate it, swipe three fingers to scroll.
British Dictionary definitions for scroll

scroll

/skrəʊl/
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
3.
  1. a decorative carving or moulding resembling a scroll
  2. (as modifier) a scroll saw
  3. (in combination) scrollwork
verb
4.
(transitive) to saw into scrolls
5.
to roll up like a scroll
6.
(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
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.

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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scroll in Technology


String and Character Recording Oriented Logogrammatic Language.
["SCROLL - A Pattern Recording Language", M. Sargent, Proc SJCC 36 (1970)].
(1994-12-01)

interface
(From a scroll of paper) To change the portion of a document displayed in a window or on a VDU screen. In a graphical user interface, scrolling is usually controlled by the user via scroll bars, whereas on a VDU the text scrolls up automatically as lines of data are output at the bottom of the screen.
(2001-04-27)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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