From Middle English scrowle, scrolle, from earlier scrowe, scrouwe (influenced by Middle English rolle), from Old French escroe, escrowe, escrouwe (“scroll, strip of parchment”), from Frankish *skrōda (“a shred”). Doublet of shred.
scroll (plural scrolls)
- A roll of paper or parchment; a writing formed into a roll
- (architecture) An ornament formed of undulations giving off spirals or sprays, usually suggestive of plant form. Roman architectural ornament is largely of some scroll pattern.
- A mark or flourish added to a person's signature, intended to represent a seal, and in some States allowed as a substitute for a seal. [U.S.] Alexander Mansfield Burrill.
- (lutherie) The carved end of a violin, viola, cello or other stringed instrument, most commonly scroll-shaped but occasionally in the form of a human or animal head.
- (geometry) a skew surface.
- (cooking) A kind of sweet roll baked in a somewhat spiral shape.
- I ordered a glass of lemonade and a coffee scroll.
- (computing, transitive) To change one's view of data on a computer's display, typically using a scroll bar or a scroll wheel.
- She scrolled the offending image out of view.
- (intransitive) To move in or out of view horizontally or vertically.
- The rising credits slowly scrolled off the screen.
- (Internet, intransitive) To flood a chat system with numerous lines of text, causing legitimate messages to scroll out of view before they can be read.
- Hey, stop scrolling!
- 1998, "rOOth", Brain's chat (on newsgroup alt.music.queen)
- It's cool but i know why I prefer newsgroups : I just got banned for scrolling or summat : i was typing one word in each message so pppl[sic] could read it cos it was going so fast - geez.
- → Danish: scrolle