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Definitions of reel

  1. a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis; "The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. an American country dance which starts with the couples facing each other in two lines Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a lively dance of Scottish highlanders; marked by circular moves and gliding steps Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. winder consisting of a revolving spool with a handle; attached to a fishing rod Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a roll of photographic film holding a series of frames to be projected by a movie projector Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. music composed for dancing a reel Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. wind onto or off a reel Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. move unsteadily or with a weaving or rolling motion Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. walk as if unable to control one's movements; "The drunken man staggered into the room" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. A frame with radial arms, or a kind of spool, turning on an axis, on which yarn, threads, lines, or the like, are wound; as, a log reel, used by seamen; an angler's reel; a garden reel. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To roll. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To wind upon a reel, as yarn or thread. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To incline, in walking, from one side to the other; to stagger. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To have a whirling sensation; to be giddy. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. The act or motion of reeling or staggering; as, a drunken reel. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. A lively dance of the Highlanders of Scotland; also, the music to the dance; - often called Scotch reel. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. A turning frame for winding yarn, rope, cord, etc.; a staggering movement; a lively country dance; as, the Virginia reel; the music for such a dance. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. To wind on a frame or bobbin; to draw in by winding; as, to reel fish in. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. To stagger or sway from side to side; feel dizzy; as, his head reeled. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  23. A lively Scottish dance. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  24. A rolling or turning frame for winding yarn, etc. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  25. To wind on a reel. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. To stagger: to vacillate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  27. Revolving frame for winding yarn, &c.; a Scotch dance. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  28. To wind on a reel; staggerl roil about. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  29. A rotary device for winding rope, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. To stagger; dance the reel. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. A lively dance, or its music. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. A frame on which yarn, thread, lines, &c., are wound; a bobbin. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  33. A lively Scotch dance, describing the figures. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  34. To wind upon a reel. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  35. To perform a reel. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  36. To stagger; to incline or move in walking first to one side and then to the other. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  37. To move unsteadily like a drunken man. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  38. In Scot.,a dance in which three or four dancers in a row twist in and out and round each other. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  39. A frame turning on an axis on which yarn, thread, &c., are wound. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  40. To gather yarn off the spin-lie. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  41. A lively dance of the Highlanders of Scotland; also, the music to the dance; -- often called Scotch reel. mso.anu.edu.au
  42. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  43. A lively dance of the Highlanders of Scotland; also, the music to the dance; often called Scotch reel. dictgcide_fs
  44. 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. dictgcide_fs
  45. r[=e]l, n. a lively Scottish dance for two couples or more, its music generally written in common time of four crotchets in a measure, but sometimes in jig time of six quavers: music for such a dance.--v.i. to dance a reel. [Gael. righil.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  46. r[=e]l, n. a rolling or turning frame for winding yarn, &c.--v.t. to wind on a reel.--adj. REEL'ABLE, capable of being reeled.--ns. REEL'-CLICK, an attachment to an angler's reel, which checks the line from running out too freely; REEL'-COTT'ON, sewing cotton thread wound on reels or spools; REEL'ER, one who reels: the grasshopper-warbler; REEL'-HOLD'ER, a rotatory frame to hold spools or reels of thread used in sewing: one of the watch in a man-of-war who hauls in the line when the log is heaved to ascertain the ship's speed; REEL'ING-MACHINE', a machine for winding thread on spools or reels: a machine which winds into hanks the cotton yarn received from the bobbins of the spinning-frames; REEL'-LINE, a fishing-line used on a reel by anglers, esp. the part reeled, as distinguished from that cast; REEL'-PLATE, the metal plate of a fishing-reel that fits into the reel-seat; REEL'-SEAT, the groove on an angler's rod which receives the reel.--REEL OFF, to give out with rapidity or fluency. [A.S. reól, hreól.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  47. r[=e]l, v.i. to stagger: to vacillate.--n. giddiness.--adv. REEL'-RALL (Scot.), topsy-turvy. [Conn. with preceding word.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  48. Kinds of rotatory apparatus on which thread, silk, yarn, paper, wire, &c., are wound at some stage of manufacture; contrivance for winding up& unwinding cord as required, esp. in cod-fishing (off the r. fig., straight off, without hitch or pause, in rapid succession); small cylinder on which sewing-cotton &c. are wound for convenience; revolving part in various machines. (Vb) wind (thread, fishing-line, &c.) on r.; take (cocoon silk &c.) off, draw (fish, logline, &c.) in or up, by use of r.; rattle (story, list, verses) off without pause or apparent effort; (of grasshopper &c.) make clicking noise like r. in motion. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  49. (Of eyes, mind, head) be in a whirl, be dizzy, swim; sway, stagger, stand or walk or run unsteadily, be shaken physically or mentally, rock from side to side, swing violently, (his mind, the front rank, the ship, the tower, reeled under the shock; r. to& fro like a drunken man; went reeling down the street; the State was reeling to its foundations); seem to shake (the mountains r. before his eyes); hence reelingly adv. (N.) reeling motion lit. or fig. (without a r. or a stagger; the r. of vice& folly around us). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  50. Lively esp. Scotch dance, usu. of two couples facing& describing figures of 8; (vb) dance r. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  51. n. [Anglo-Saxon] A frame on which yarn, thread, lines, &c., are wound; also, a cylinder turning on an axis on which seamen wind the log-lines, and anglers their fishing line;-a lively dance characterized by a reeling or whirling movement also the music played to the dance. Cabinet Dictionary

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