A man uses a fishing reel.
- 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.
- 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 of reelMiddle English relen from the noun : from the sensation of whirling
Origin of reelME rele < OE hreol: see reel
- a lively Scottish dance
- Virginia reel
- music for either of these
Origin of reelprobably 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 of reelMiddle 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
- to wind on a reel
- to pull in (a fish) by winding a line on a reel
(right) off the reel
- 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.
transitive verbreeled, reel·ing, reels
- To wind on or let out from a reel.
- To recover by winding on a reel: reel in a large fish.
Origin of reelMiddle English from Old English hrēol
verbreeled, reel·ing, reels
- 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 of reelMiddle English relen to whirl about probably from reel spool ; see reel 1.
Origin of reelOrigin unknown
- A lively dance of the Highlanders of Scotland; also, the music to the dance; -- often called Scotch reel.
- A frame with radial arms, or a kind of spool, turning on an axis, on which yarn, threads, lines, or the like, are wound
- a log reel, used by seamen
- an angler's reel
- a garden reel
- A machine on which yarn is wound and measured into lays and hanks, -- for cotton or linen it is fifty-four inches in circuit; for worsted, thirty inches.
- A device consisting of radial arms with horizontal stats, connected with a harvesting machine, for holding the stalks of grain in position to be cut by the knives.
- A short compilation of sample film work used as a demonstrative resume in the entertainment industry.
(third-person singular simple present reels, present participle reeling, simple past and past participle reeled)
- To wind on a reel.
- To spin or revolve repeatedly.
- To unwind, to bring or acquire something by spinning or winding something else.
- He reeled off some tape from the roll and sealed the package.
- To walk shakily or unsteadily; to stagger; move as if drunk or not in control of oneself.
- (reel back) To back off or step away unsteadily and quickly.
- He reeled back from the punch.
- To make or cause to reel.
- To have a whirling sensation; to be giddy.
- To be in shock.