Etymology
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scroll (n.)

c. 1400, scroule, scrowell, "roll of parchment or paper" used for writing, an altered (by association with rolle "roll") of scrowe (c. 1200), from Anglo-French escrowe, Old French escroe, escroele "scrap, strip or roll of parchment," from Frankish *skroda "shred" or a similar Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *skrauth- (source also of Old English screada "piece cut off, cutting, scrap"), from PIE *skreu- "to cut; cutting tool," extension of root *sker- (1) "to cut." Also compare shred (v.)). As a spiral-shaped decorative device, resembling a partly unrolled scroll, by early 15c. on garments, by 1610s on furniture or in architecture.

scroll (v.)

c. 1600, "to write down in a scroll," c. 1600, from scroll (n.). Sense of "show a few lines at a time" (on a computer or other screen) is recorded by 1981. Related: Scrolled; scrolling.

updated on March 03, 2022

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Definitions of scroll from WordNet
1
scroll (n.)
a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals);
Synonyms: coil / whorl / roll / curl / curlicue / ringlet / gyre
scroll (n.)
a document that can be rolled up (as for storage);
Synonyms: roll
2
scroll (v.)
move through text or graphics in order to display parts that do not fit on the screen;
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