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 Courtesy of Michaels Deputy editor Rachel Weber stocks up on spools of fabric ribbon by the spool on every Michaels run. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 Items Our Editors Buy Every Time We Go to Michaels," 26 Mar. 2021 With ropeless or pop-up gear, crabbers attach a spool of rope to each trap, then leave them at the bottom to allow crabs to wander inside. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, "War breaking out between crab fishers and environmentalists over ropeless traps meant to save whales," 24 Mar. 2021 Under the hood, Big Oly is equipped with a Ford Windsor V-8 capable of making 390 horses, along with extreme shock absorbers, a big wing on top, a split windshield to reduce dust in the cockpit and a spool rear end for better traction on the dunes. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "This Legendary ’69 Ford Bronco Won the Baja 1000 Twice. Now It’s up for Auction.," 22 Mar. 2021 Turbos spool, intakes whoosh, and the exhaust roars. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport Goes to Extremes," 5 Mar. 2021 The powerplant uses a 1.7-liter four-lobe Eaton supercharger with small-diameter rotors for both high capacity and quick spool-up. Jack R. Nerad, Forbes, "Hot & Ready: 4 Born-To-Thrill Luxury Cars On The Way Now," 27 Feb. 2021 The low gear ratio (number of times the spool rotates with a single turn of the handle) of two-speed reels allow for greater cranking leverage. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things To Know Before You Buy A Conventional Fishing Reel," 3 Sep. 2019 Shaheer bears a heavy load, trying to contain the spool of fear, pain and upheaval that unfolds with each bullet. Maya Rao Star Tribune Staff, Star Tribune, "Next Step goes to the front lines of gun violence in Minneapolis, starting with the shooting victims," 30 Jan. 2021 Another year, another spool: While 2020 was a year marked by the pandemic and tragedies across the United States, none were more significant than the death of former Houstonian George Floyd, a Black man killed by Minneapolis police. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, "Here's what we didn't expect on Houston freeways in 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It’s one of the first games to incorporate comic-book-like interludes in between its chapters — rudimentary cutscenes, essentially — which would be co-opted by every designer searching for the ideal way to spool out a narrative in a video game. Luke Winkie, Vulture, "The 20 Best Games on Nintendo Switch Online," 30 Mar. 2021 In addition, the Chinese government in late August unveiled new regulations that restrict exports of technology, likely including the artificial intelligence system TikTok uses to choose which videos to spool up to its users. Matt O'brien And Tali Arbel, The Christian Science Monitor, "Long road ahead as TikTok selects Oracle to be US partner," 15 Sep. 2020 In addition, the Chinese government in late August unveiled new regulations that restrict exports of technology, likely including the artificial intelligence system TikTok uses to choose which videos to spool up to its users. Matt O'brien And Tali Arbel, The Christian Science Monitor, "Long road ahead as TikTok selects Oracle to be US partner," 15 Sep. 2020 In addition, the Chinese government in late August unveiled new regulations that restrict exports of technology, likely including the artificial intelligence system TikTok uses to choose which videos to spool up to its users. Matt O'brien And Tali Arbel, The Christian Science Monitor, "Long road ahead as TikTok selects Oracle to be US partner," 15 Sep. 2020 In addition, the Chinese government in late August unveiled new regulations that restrict exports of technology, likely including the artificial intelligence system TikTok uses to choose which videos to spool up to its users. Matt O'brien And Tali Arbel, The Christian Science Monitor, "Long road ahead as TikTok selects Oracle to be US partner," 15 Sep. 2020 In addition, the Chinese government in late August unveiled new regulations that restrict exports of technology, likely including the artificial intelligence system TikTok uses to choose which videos to spool up to its users. Matt O'brien And Tali Arbel, The Christian Science Monitor, "Long road ahead as TikTok selects Oracle to be US partner," 15 Sep. 2020 In addition, the Chinese government in late August unveiled new regulations that restrict exports of technology, likely including the artificial intelligence system TikTok uses to choose which videos to spool up to its users. Matt O'brien And Tali Arbel, The Christian Science Monitor, "Long road ahead as TikTok selects Oracle to be US partner," 15 Sep. 2020 In addition, the Chinese government in late August unveiled new regulations that restrict exports of technology, likely including the artificial intelligence system TikTok uses to choose which videos to spool up to its users. Matt O'brien And Tali Arbel, The Christian Science Monitor, "Long road ahead as TikTok selects Oracle to be US partner," 15 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of spool was in the 14th century

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2 Apr 2021

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“Spool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spool. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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spool

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spool

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

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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