- The definition of a spool is a cylinder with a hole through the middle around which something is wound.
An example of a spool is what thread is wound around for use with a sewing machine.
- Spool is defined as to wind or unwind something on or off a cylinder, or to store data which has been sent to a printer.
An example of spool is to wind newly-made yarn onto a bobbin.
- a cylinder or roller, usually with a hole for a spindle from end to end and a rim at either end, upon which thread, wire, etc. is wound
- something like a spool, as a bobbin, reel, etc.
- the material wound on a spool
Origin of spoolMiddle English spole ; from Middle French espole ; from Middle Dutch spoele, akin to German spule ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)p(h)el-, to split, split off from source spall, spill, spoil
- a. A cylinder of wood, plastic, cardboard, or other material on which wire, thread, or string is wound.b. The amount of wire, thread, or string wound on such a cylinder.c. Something similar to such a cylinder in shape or function.
- A reel for magnetic tape.
tr. & intr.v.spooled, spool·ing, spools
- To wind or be wound on or off a spool.
- To store (data sent to a printer) in a buffer, allowing the program that sent the data to the printer to resume its normal operation.
Origin of spoolMiddle English spole, from Old North French espole and from Middle Dutch and Middle Low German spoele (Old North French, from Middle Dutch).
(third-person singular simple present spools, present participle spooling, simple past and past participle spooled)
- A small swimming pool that can be used also as a spa.