Sustained noise, as from hammering: “Hark that reeling, now, you'll wake the baby!” (Anonymous).Regional Note:
In the granite quarries of Maine, stones for paving were once shaped by men using small hammers called reels.
Crews of 30 men at a time would use these hammers. The resulting “shattering noise as the pieces of the granite were shaped… gave Mainers a word for any sustained hubbub—reelin'
” (John Gould). Reeling
can denote noise made by humans as well: She told the children to hush their reeling.