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1reel

noun \ˈrēl\

Definition of REEL

1
:  a revolvable device on which something flexible is wound: as
a :  a small windlass at the butt of a fishing rod for the line
b chiefly British :  a spool or bobbin for sewing thread
c :  a flanged spool for photographic film; especially :  one for motion pictures
2
:  a quantity of something wound on a reel
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Origin of REEL

Middle English, from Old English hrēol; akin to Old Norse hræll weaver's reed, Greek krekein to weave
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, covert, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, skulk, spoor, trawl

2reel

verb

Definition of REEL

transitive verb
1
:  to wind on or as if on a reel
2
:  to draw by reeling a line <reel a fish in>
intransitive verb
:  to turn a reel
reel·able \ˈrē-lə-bəl\ adjective

First Known Use of REEL

14th century

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, covert, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, skulk, spoor, trawl

3reel

verb

Definition of REEL

intransitive verb
1
a :  to turn or move round and round
b :  to be in a whirl
2
:  to behave in a violent disorderly manner
3
:  to waver or fall back (as from a blow)
4
:  to walk or move unsteadily
transitive verb
:  to cause to reel

Origin of REEL

Middle English relen, probably from reel, noun
First Known Use: 14th century

4reel

noun

Definition of REEL

:  a reeling motion

First Known Use of REEL

1572

5reel

noun

Definition of REEL

1
:  a lively Scottish-Highland dance; also :  the music for this dance

Origin of REEL

probably from 4reel
First Known Use: circa 1585
REEL Defined for Kids

1reel

noun \ˈrēl\

Definition of REEL for Kids

1
:  a device that can be turned round and round to wind up something flexible <a fishing rod and reel>
2
:  a quantity of something wound on a reel <a reel of film>

2reel

verb
reeledreel·ing

Definition of REEL for Kids

1
:  to wind on a reel
2
:  to pull by the use of a reel <I reeled in a fish.>
reel off
:  to say or recite rapidly or easily <He can reel off the answers.>

3reel

verb
reeledreel·ing

Definition of REEL for Kids

1
:  to whirl or spin around
2
:  to be in a confused or dizzy state <Our heads were reeling with excitement.>
3
:  to fall back suddenly (as after being hit)
4
:  to walk or move unsteadily :  stagger

4reel

noun

Definition of REEL for Kids

:  a lively folk dance
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