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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a cylindrical object or device on which something is wound, typically having a rim at each end and a hole for a spindle running lengthwise through the center.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Textiles

  2. the material or quantity of material wound on such a device.

  3. a bobbin or reel.

  4. the cylindrical drum in a fishing reel that bears the line.

    Category: Sport

  5. (v.t.)to wind on a spool.

  6. to unwind from a spool (usu. fol. by off or out).

  7. (v.i.)to wind.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  8. to unwind.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of spool:

1275–1325; ME spole < MD spoele or MLG spōle


Princeton's WordNet

  1. bobbin, spool, reel(verb)

    a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound

  2. spool(verb)

    transfer data intended for a peripheral device (usually a printer) into temporary storage

  3. spool(verb)

    wind onto a spool or a reel

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. spool(noun)spul

    a cylinder you wind thread, wire, etc. around

    a spool of thread


  1. spool(Noun)

    A device around which thread, wire or cable is wound, especially a cylinder or spindle.

  2. spool(Noun)

    A temporary storage area for electronic mail, etc.

  3. spool(Verb)

    To wind on a spool or spools.

  4. spool(Verb)

    To send files to a device or a program (a spooler or a daemon that puts them in a queue for processing at a later time.

  5. spool(Noun)

    A small swimming pool that can be used also as a spa.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spool(noun)

    a piece of cane or red with a knot at each end, or a hollow cylinder of wood with a ridge at each end, used to wind thread or yarn upon

  2. Spool(verb)

    to wind on a spool or spools

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. spool

    [from early IBM ‘Simultaneous Peripheral Operation On-Line’, but is widely thought to be a backronym] To send files to some device or program (a spooler) that queues them up and does something useful with them later. Without qualification, the spooler is the print spooler controlling output of jobs to a printer; but the term has been used in connection with other peripherals (especially plotters and graphics devices) and occasionally even for input devices. See also demon.

Anagrams of SPOOL

  1. Polos

Translations for SPOOL

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a type of cylindrical holder

How can I wind this film back on to its spool?

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