General English


  • verb to move displayed text vertically up or down the screen, one line or pixel at a time


  • In a GUI, to move up, down, left, or right within a screen to proceed to different locations within that displayed, or to go to other sections which do not fit on the screen at a given moment. scrolling may be accomplished, for instance, by pressing arrow keys, or using a mouse to move a scroll bar. Used, for example, to access the content of a Web page exceeding that which can be displayed at any given moment.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a roll of paper or parchment containing writing

Origin & History of “scroll”

Scroll has no family connection with roll, although roll is largely responsible for its present-day form. Etymologically it is actually the same word as shred. both go back to a prehistoric Germanic *skrautha ‘something cut’. this evolved in a straight line to give English shred, but it was also borrowed through medieval Latin scrōda into Old French as escroe, where its meaning ‘cut piece, strip’ narrowed to ‘strip of parchment’. Its Anglo-Norman version escrowe was acquired by English, where it split in two. It survives in full as escrow (16th c.), a legal term for a sort of deed, but a shortened form, scrow, also emerged, and association with roll (in the sense ‘roll of parchment’) led to its being altered to scrowle or scroll.