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Definitions of reel

  1. a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound
  2. revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis; " The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy"
  3. an American country dance which starts with the couples facing each other in two lines
  4. a lively dance of Scottish highlanders; marked by circular moves and gliding steps
  5. a roll of photographic film holding a series of frames to be projected by a movie projector
  6. music composed for dancing a reel
  7. wind onto or off a reel
  8. move unsteadily or with a weaving or rolling motion
  9. walk as if unable to control one's movements; " The drunken man staggered into the room"
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. To roll.
  13. To wind upon a reel, as yarn or thread.
  14. To incline, in walking, from one side to the other; to stagger.
  15. To have a whirling sensation; to be giddy.
  16. The act or motion of reeling or staggering; as, a drunken reel.
  17. A lively dance of the Highlanders of Scotland; also, the music to the dance; - often called Scotch reel.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. To wind on a frame or bobbin; to draw in by winding; as, to reel fish in.
  21. To stagger or sway from side to side; feel dizzy; as, his head reeled.
  22. A lively Scottish dance.
  23. A rolling or turning frame for winding yarn, etc.
  24. To wind on a reel.
  25. To stagger: to vacillate.
  26. Revolving frame for winding yarn, & c.; a Scotch dance.
  27. To wind on a reel; staggerl roil about.
  28. A rotary device for winding rope, etc.
  29. To stagger; dance the reel.
  30. A lively dance, or its music.
  31. A frame on which yarn, thread, lines, & c., are wound; a bobbin.
  32. A lively Scotch dance, describing the figures.
  33. To wind upon a reel.
  34. To perform a reel.
  35. To stagger; to incline or move in walking first to one side and then to the other.
  36. To move unsteadily like a drunken man.
  37. In Scot., a dance in which three or four dancers in a row twist in and out and round each other.
  38. A frame turning on an axis on which yarn, thread, & c., are wound.

Usage examples for reel

  1. He had to be strong, to think and act for his sister, whose brain seemed well- nigh to reel beneath the weight of dread and suspense. – Fickle Fortune by Elisabeth Burstenbinder (AKA E. Werner)
  2. What's the reel prapasition? – A Crooked Mile by Oliver Onions
  3. It's an old forecastle yarn, my man, that you can't reel off in the cabin. – Frontier Stories by Bret Harte
  4. Quick, Captain, quick- They're throwing the reel- I must see her rate! – All Around the Moon by Jules Verne
  5. There is a reel in place and it contains background information on a problem in Cultural Engineering all set out the way we are taught to do it in Class. – The Lost Kafoozalum by Pauline Ashwell
  6. Then her next- door neighbour, the stationer's wife, called to ask after Mr. Ede and to buy a reel of cotton; and so, in evening chat, the time passed, until the fruiterer's boy came to ask if he should put up the shutters. – A Mummer's Wife by George Moore
  7. She was three or four years older than he was, and he had worshipped her from afar as she whirled up and down the line in the Virginia Reel. – Cy Whittaker's Place by Joseph C. Lincoln
  8. I tried the swiftness of one of them with our log: we had twelve knots on our reel, and she ran it all out before the half- minute glass was half out. – History of the Buccaneers of America by James Burney
  9. To finish, we danced a Virginia reel. – The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912 by Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone
  10. Play your reel again. – The Northern Iron 1907 by George A. Birmingham
  11. Two of the crew who were Scotch, commenced to dance a reel for the amusement of the blacks. – The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders by Ernest Scott
  12. Love is eternal, immortal, and though worlds reel and skies fall, what is immortal cannot perish." – Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife by Marietta Holley
  13. The three had no intention of staying up to watch it, but lingered for the first reel- and were lost. – The Flying Stingaree by Harold Leland Goodwin
  14. Every preparation had been made for a desperate fight to the death, when suddenly a shot struck the vessel, causing her to reel and shiver. – The Great War in England in 1897 by William Le Queux
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