scrolls; scrolled; scrolling

A rolled up piece of paper is a scroll. If you write a poem on a sheet of paper, roll it up, and tie it with a ribbon, you can call it a scroll.

Before books existed, people wrote stories or important information on parchment or papyrus and rolled them into scrolls for easy storage and transport. Sometimes, a scroll would serve as a work of art, a decorated tale that would occasionally be unrolled and displayed. These days, when you scroll through something, you're probably reading it on a computer, moving down the screen.

Definitions of scroll
  1. noun
    a document that can be rolled up (as for storage)
    synonyms: roll
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    Dead Sea scrolls
    (Old Testament) a collection of written scrolls (containing nearly all of the Old Testament) found in a cave near the Dead Sea in the late 1940s
    (Judaism) the scroll of parchment that contains the biblical story of Esther; traditionally read in synagogues to celebrate Purim
    (Judaism) the scroll of parchment on which the first five books of the Hebrew Scripture is written; is used in a synagogue during services
    type of:
    holograph, manuscript
    handwritten book or document
  2. noun
    a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)
    synonyms: coil, curl, curlicue, gyre, ringlet, roll, whorl
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    (botany) the whorl of petals of a flower that collectively form an inner floral envelope or layer of the perianth
    (botany) the whorl of sepals of a flower collectively forming the outer floral envelope or layer of the perianth enclosing and supporting the developing bud; usually green
    a whorl of leaves growing around a stem
    persistent enlarged calyx at base of e.g. a strawberry or raspberry
    calyx composed of scales or bristles or featherlike hairs in plants of the Compositae such as thistles and dandelions
    type of:
    round shape
    a shape that is curved and without sharp angles
  3. verb
    move through text or graphics in order to display parts that do not fit on the screen
    Scroll down to see the entire text”
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    type of:
    go or proceed from one point to another
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