Reel Definition

rēl
reeled, reeling, reels
noun
reels
A reeling motion; whirl, stagger, etc.
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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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A lively Scottish dance.
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verb
reeled, reeling, reels
To give way or fall back; sway, waver, or stagger as from being struck.
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To wind on or let out from a reel.
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To recover by winding on a reel.
Reel in a large fish.
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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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idiom
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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Other Word Forms of Reel

Noun

Singular:
reel
Plural:
reels

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to 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

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