- The definition of a reel is a turning mechanism to wind something up.
An example of a reel is the winder for fishing line on a pole.
- A reel is defined as a spool where things are wound.
An example of a reel is a metal holder on which a film is stored.
- Reel means to go around and around.
An example of to reel is turning the handle on fishing pole to bring the fishing line back.
- To reel is defined as to fall backwards with a dizzy feeling.
An example of to reel is to respond to very upsetting news by stumbling in confusion.
A man uses a fishing reel.
reel definition by Webster's New World
- to give way or fall back; sway, waver, or stagger as from being struck
- to lurch or stagger about, as from drunkenness or dizziness
- to go around and around; whirl
- to feel dizzy; have a sensation of spinning or whirling
Origin: Middle English relen ; from the noun : from the sensation of whirling
Origin: ME rele < OE hreol: see reel
- a lively Scottish dance
- Virginia reel
- music for either of these
Origin: probably ; from reel, noun
- a frame or spool on which thread, wire, tape, film, a net, etc. is wound
- such a frame set on the handle of a fishing rod, to wind up or let out the line
- the quantity of wire, thread, film, tape, etc. usually wound on one reel
- in some lawn mowers, a set of spiral steel blades rotating on a horizontal bar set between wheels
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English hreol ; from Germanic an unverified form hrehulaz ; from Indo-European base an unverified form krek-, to strike, make a weaving motion from source Classical Greek krekein, to weave, Latvian krekls, shirt
reel definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A device, such as a cylinder, spool, or frame, that turns on an axis and is used for winding and storing rope, tape, film, or other flexible materials.
- A cylindrical device attached to a fishing rod to let out or wind up the line.
- The quantity of wire, film, or other material wound on one reel.
- A set of curved lawn-mower blades that rotate around a bar parallel to the ground, cutting grass while moving against a stationary straight blade.
- To wind on or let out from a reel.
- To recover by winding on a reel: reel in a large fish.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English hrēol.
- reelˈa·ble adjective
verb reeled, reel·ing, reels verb, intransitive
- To be thrown off balance or fall back: reeled from the sharp blow.
- To stagger, lurch, or sway, as from drunkenness: reeled down the alley.
- To go round and round in a whirling motion: gulls reeling and diving.
- To feel dizzy: My head reeled with the facts and figures.
- A staggering, swaying, or whirling movement.
- a. A moderately fast dance of Scottish origin.b. The Virginia reel.c. The music for one of these dances.
Origin: Middle English relen, to whirl about, probably from reel, spool; see reel1.
- reelˈer noun
Origin: Origin unknown.
reel - Phrases/Idioms
- to wind on a reel
- to pull in (a fish) by winding a line on a reel
(right) off the reelâ