spool

noun
\ ˈspül How to pronounce spool (audio) \

Definition of spool

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

spool

verb
spooled; spooling; spools

Definition of spool (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to wind on a spool
2 : wind entry 3 spool the thread off the bobbin
3 : to regulate the transmission of by means of a spooler spool data

intransitive verb

1 : to wind itself on a spool
2 : to be wound or unwound
3 : to regulate data flow by means of a spooler

Examples of spool in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In suburban Pittsburgh, Jane Fogel has been watching the Griner case spool out and wondered whether her husband has been forgotten. Manuel Roig-franzia, Anchorage Daily News, 28 July 2022 In suburban Pittsburgh, Jane Fogel has been watching the Griner case spool out and wondered whether her husband has been forgotten. Manuel Roig-franzia, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 Its list of notable advantages includes advanced Multimatic spool-valve dampers, electronic locking front and rear diffs, and 11.1 inches of ground clearance. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 28 July 2022 Residents called police at 8:14 a.m. June 17 to report finding a trailer with a large wooden spool of wire parked on their property near Hemlock Point Road. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 22 June 2022 Make a little spool of it for your keychain using paracord. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 8 May 2017 Using a piece of electrical tape to secure the wire to the spool does the same job, if less elegantly. Aleta Burchyski, Outside Online, 20 May 2020 For its part, the AT4X has added underbody protection, electronic locking front and rear diffs, greater suspension travel, and ingenious Multimatic spool-valve dampers that aren't offered on the regular AT4. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 10 May 2022 Each spool was covered in either brown, orange, yellow or gray sheathing. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There's no need to wait for a transmission to shift into a lower gear, turbochargers to spool up, or even the motors to warm up as the AMG EQE is always ready – immediately – to produce instantaneous thrust. Michael Harley, Forbes, 5 July 2022 As that vehicle required 33 Raptor rocket engines, the company had work to do in terms of production to spool up that kind of capability. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 24 June 2022 Re-spool his custom Shimano 400B reel with fresh line. Steven E. Banks, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 Doctrinal disputes and intrigues within the Eastern Orthodox Church often spool out over decades, if not centuries. New York Times, 18 Apr. 2022 After spending the night in the lab, watching the genetic testing results spool out hour by hour, UCSF scientists confirmed the nation’s first omicron variant. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Dec. 2021 Watching a reporter follow bum leads, spool out her own thinking, and otherwise externalize her shoeleather fact-finding turns this from a Shadowy Conspiracy saga to something somehow far more satisfying: a process story. Peter Rubin, Longreads, 30 Oct. 2021 This gives the Navy the ability to test weapons in their entirety, from the moment the rocket motors or turbine engines spool up to the moment the high explosive warhead tears into the target ship. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 16 Sep. 2021 Gurty can understand what people say to him, but his sentences spool out in jumbles of seemingly disconnected words, a kind of private language Mike has become adept at decoding. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 25 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of spool

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1603, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for spool

Noun

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

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spool

noun
\ ˈspül How to pronounce spool (audio) \

Kids Definition of spool

: 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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