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a. A roll, as of parchment or papyrus, used especially for writing a document.
b. An ancient book or volume written on such a roll.
2. A list or schedule of names.
3. An ornament or ornamental design that resembles a partially rolled scroll of paper, as the volute in Ionic and Corinthian capitals.
4. Music The curved head on an instrument of the violin family.
5. Heraldry A ribbon inscribed with a motto.
v. scrolled, scroll·ing, scrolls
1. To inscribe on a scroll.
2. To roll up into a scroll.
3. To ornament with a scroll.
4. Computers To cause (displayed text or graphics) to move up, down, or across the screen so that a line of text or graphics appears at one edge of the screen for each line that moves off the opposite edge: scroll a document; scroll a page of text.
1. To cause displayed text or graphics to move up, down, or across the screen: scrolled down to the end of the document.
2. To appear onscreen and roll by: "The information scrolls so fast it's unreadable" (Creative Computing).
[Middle English scrowle, alteration (influenced by rolle, roll) of scrowe, from Old French escroue, escroe, strip of parchment, scroll, of Germanic origin.]
(Computer Science) computing the act of moving text from right to left or up and down on a screen in order to view text that cannot be contained within a single displayed image