Reel meaning

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A cylindrical device attached to a fishing rod to let out or wind up the line.
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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.
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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.

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The quantity of wire, film, or other material wound on one reel.
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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.
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To recover by winding on a reel.

Reel in a large fish.

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To be thrown off balance or fall back.

Reeled from the sharp blow.

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To stagger, lurch, or sway, as from drunkenness.

Reeled down the alley.

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To go round and round in a whirling motion.

Gulls reeling and diving.

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To feel dizzy.

My head reeled with the facts and figures.

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To cause to reel.
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To wind on or let out from a reel.
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A staggering, swaying, or whirling movement.
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A handheld hammer used in a quarry for shaping granite blocks.
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To give way or fall back; sway, waver, or stagger as from being struck.
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To lurch or stagger about, as from drunkenness or dizziness.
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To go around and around; whirl.
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To feel dizzy; have a sensation of spinning or whirling.
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To cause to reel.
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A reeling motion; whirl, stagger, etc.
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Music for either of these.
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A frame or spool on which thread, wire, tape, film, a net, etc. is wound.
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Such a frame set on the handle of a fishing rod, to wind up or let out the line.
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The quantity of wire, thread, film, tape, etc. usually wound on one reel.
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In some lawn mowers, a set of spiral steel blades rotating on a horizontal bar set between wheels.
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To wind on a reel.
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A lively dance of the Highlanders of Scotland; also, the music to the dance; -- often called Scotch reel.
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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.

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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.

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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.
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A short compilation of sample film work used as a demonstrative resume in the entertainment industry.
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To wind on a reel.
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To spin or revolve repeatedly.
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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.

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To walk shakily or unsteadily; to stagger; move as if drunk or not in control of oneself.
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(reel back) To back off or step away unsteadily and quickly.

He reeled back from the punch.

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To make or cause to reel.
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To have a whirling sensation; to be giddy.
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To be in shock.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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reel in
  • To wind on a reel.
  • To pull in (a fish) by winding a line on a reel.
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reel off
  • To tell, write, produce, etc. easily and quickly.
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reel out
  • To unwind from a reel.
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(right) off the reel
  • Without hesitation or pause.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

(right) off the reel

Origin of reel

  • Middle English relen to whirl about probably from reel spool reel1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English hrēol

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition