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spool

noun \ ˈspül \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

Definition of spool

1 : a cylindrical device which has a rim or ridge at each end and an axial hole for a pin or spindle and on which material (such as thread, wire, or tape) is wound
2 : material or the amount of material wound on a spool

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Origin and Etymology of spool

Middle English spole, from Middle Dutch spoele; akin to Old High German spuola spool


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spool

verb

Definition of spool

1 : to wind on a spool
2 : wind
  • spool the thread off the bobbin
3 : to regulate the transmission of by means of a spooler
  • spool data
1 : to wind itself on a spool
2 : to be wound or unwound
3 : to regulate data flow by means of a spooler

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First Known Use of spool

1603

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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SPOOL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of spool for English Language Learners

  • : a round object that is made to have something (such as thread, wire, or tape) wrapped around it


SPOOL Defined for Kids

spool

noun \ ˈspül \

Definition of spool for Students

: a small cylinder which has a rim or ridge at each end and a hole from end to end for a pin or spindle and on which material (as thread, wire, or tape) is wound


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