a cylinder, frame, or other device that turns on an axis and is used to wind up or pay out something.
a rotatory device attached to a fishing rod at the butt, for winding up or letting out the line.
a spool on which film, especially motion-picture film, is wound.
a roll of motion-picture film.
a holder for roll film in a developing tank.
a quantity of something wound on a reel.
Chiefly British. a spool of sewing thread; a roller or bobbin of sewing thread.
verb (used with object)
to wind on a reel, as thread, yarn, etc.
to unwind (silk filaments) from a cocoon.
to pull or draw by winding a line on a reel:
to reel a fish in.
reel off, to say, write, or produce quickly and easily:
The old sailor reeled off one story after another.
off the reel,
without pause; continuously.
without delay or hesitation; immediately.
Also, right off the reel.
verb (used without object)
to sway or rock under a blow, shock, etc.:
The boxer reeled and fell.
to waver or fall back:
The troops reeled and then ran.
to sway about in standing or walking, as from dizziness, intoxication, etc.; stagger.
to turn round and round; whirl.
to have a sensation of whirling:
His brain reeled.
verb (used with object)
to cause to reel.
an act of reeling; a reeling or staggering movement.
any of various cylindrical objects or frames that turn on an axis and onto which film, magnetic tape, paper tape, wire, thread, etc, may be wound US equivalent spool
(angling) a device for winding, casting, etc, consisting of a revolving spool with a handle, attached to a fishing rod
a roll of celluloid exhibiting a sequence of photographs to be projected
to wind (cotton, thread, etc) onto a reel
foll by in, out etc. to wind or draw with a reel: to reel in a fish
verb (mainly intransitive)
to sway, esp under the shock of a blow or through dizziness or drunkenness
to whirl about or have the feeling of whirling about: his brain reeled
a staggering or swaying motion or sensation
any of various lively Scottish dances, such as the eightsome reel and foursome reel for a fixed number of couples who combine in square and circular formations
a piece of music having eight quavers to the bar composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
- Reel man
noun 1. (Austral & NZ) (formerly) the member of a beach life-saving team who controlled the reel on which the line was wound
- Reel of three
noun 1. (in Scottish country dancing) a figure-of-eight movement danced by three people
[reel-tuh-reel] /ˈril təˈril/ adjective 1. of or relating to an audio sound-equipment system or motion-picture camera or projector through which the tape or film must be threaded onto a take-up reel. reel-to-reel adjective 1. (of magnetic tape) wound from one reel to another in use 2. (of a tape recorder) using magnetic tape wound from […]
- Reel-to-reel tape
noun 1. open-reel tape.