reel

noun (1)
\ ˈrēl \

Definition of reel 

(Entry 1 of 5)

1 : a revolvable device on which something flexible is wound: such 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

reel

verb (1)
reeled; reeling; reels

Definition of reel (Entry 2 of 5)

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

verb (2)
reeled; reeling; reels

Definition of reel (Entry 3 of 5)

intransitive verb

1a : 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

reel

noun (2)

Definition of reel (Entry 4 of 5)

: a reeling motion

reel

noun (3)

Definition of reel (Entry 5 of 5)

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

Other words from reel

Verb (1)

reelable \ˈrē-lə-bəl \ adjective

First Known Use of reel

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun (2)

1572, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

circa 1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for reel

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English hrēol; akin to Old Norse hræll weaver's reed, Greek krekein to weave

Verb (2)

Middle English relen, probably from reel, noun

Noun (3)

probably from reel entry 4

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reel

noun
\ ˈrēl \

Kids Definition of reel

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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

reel

verb
reeled; reeling

Kids Definition of reel (Entry 2 of 4)

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.

reel

verb
reeled; reeling

Kids Definition of reel (Entry 3 of 4)

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

reel

noun

Kids Definition of reel (Entry 4 of 4)

: a lively folk dance

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