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[skrohl] /skroʊl/
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
Computers. to move text vertically or horizontally on a display screen in searching for a particular section, line, etc.
Origin of scroll
1350-1400; Middle English scrowle; blend of scrow, aphetic variant of escrow and rowle roll
Related forms
scroll-like, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for scroll
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  • Numbered in the celestial census, I am sure it will not be there when the constellations are rolled together as a scroll.

    The World on Wheels and Other Sketches Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin) Taylor
  • Sorcery reads backwards—and I saw him so read from that scroll of his.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • "I keep the tryste," whispered Mary, reading the motto of the scroll underneath.

    The Little Colonel's Chum: Mary Ware Annie Fellows Johnston
  • A crowd was gathered about him listening, while he read from a scroll in his hands.

    Buried Cities, Part 2 Jennie Hall
  • They have set their names on the scroll of Fame and will grave them constantly deeper as the years go.

    Fifty Years of Golf Horace G. Hutchinson
British Dictionary definitions for scroll


a roll of parchment, paper, etc, usually inscribed with writing
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
(transitive) 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
C15 scrowle, from scrowe, from Old French escroe scrap of parchment, but also influenced by roll
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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)].

(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.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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