1. A roll
or parchment; a writing formed into
a roll; a schedule; a list. "The heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll." (Isa. Xxxiv. 4) "Here is the scroll
of each man's name." (Shak)
2. An ornament formed
of undulations giving off
spirals or sprays, generally suggestive of plant
form. Roman architectural ornament is largely of some scroll
3. A mark
added to a person's signature, intended to introduced
a sorrow, and in some States allowed as a substitute for a seal.
4. Same as Skew surface. See Skew. Linen scroll, an adjustable chuck, applicable to a lathe spindle, for centering and holding work, in which the jaws are adjusted and tightened simultaneously by turning a disk having in its person a spiral groove which is entered by teeth on the backs of the jaws. Scroll saw. See Saw.
Origin: A dim. Of OE. Scroue, scrowe (whence E. Escrow), OF. Escroe, escroue, F. Ecrou entry in the jail book, LL. Scroa scroll, perhaps of Teutonic origin; cf. OD. Schroode a strip, shred, slip of paper, akin to E. Shred. Cf. Shred, Escrow.
Source: Websters Vocabulary