What does REEL mean?
Definitions for REEL
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a roll of photographic film holding a series of frames to be projected by a movie projector
music composed for dancing a reel
winder consisting of a revolving spool with a handle; attached to a fishing rod
bobbin, spool, reelnoun
a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound
reel, Scottish reelnoun
a lively dance of Scottish Highlanders; marked by circular moves and gliding steps
Virginia reel, reelverb
an American country dance which starts with the couples facing each other in two lines
stagger, reel, keel, lurch, swag, careenverb
walk as if unable to control one's movements
"The drunken man staggered into the room"
spin, spin around, whirl, reel, gyrateverb
revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis
"The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy"
wind onto or off a reel
A lively dance of the Highlanders of Scotland; also, the music to the dance; -- often called Scotch reel.
A frame with radial arms, or a kind of spool, turning on an axis, on which yarn, threads, lines, or the like, are wound
A machine on which yarn is wound and measured into lays and hanks, -- for cotton or linen it is fifty-four inches in circuit; for worsted, thirty inches.
A device consisting of radial arms with horizontal stats, connected with a harvesting machine, for holding the stalks of grain in position to be cut by the knives.
A short compilation of sample film work used as a demonstrative resume in the entertainment industry.
To wind on a reel.
To spin or revolve repeatedly.
To unwind, to bring or acquire something by spinning or winding something else.
He reeled off some tape from the roll and sealed the package.
To walk shakily or unsteadily; to stagger; move as if drunk or not in control of one's self.
(reel back) To back off or step away unsteadily and quickly.
He reeled back from the punch.
To make or cause to reel.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A turning frame, upon which yarn is wound into skeins from the spindle.
Etymology: reol , Saxon.
To gather yarn off the spindle.
Etymology: from the noun.
It may be useful for the reeling of yarn. John Wilkins.
To stagger; to incline in walking, first to one side and then to the other.
Etymology: rollen, Dutch; ragla, Swedish.
Him when his mistress proud perceiv’d to fall,
While yet his feeble feet for faintness reel’d,
She ’gan call, help Orgoglio! Fairy Queen, b. i.
What news in this our tott’ring state?
—— It is a reeling world,
And I believe will never stand upright,
Till Richard wear the garland. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.
It is amiss to sit
And keep the turn of tipling with a slave,
To reel the streets at noon. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.
They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man. Ps.
Grope in the dark, and to no seat confine
Their wandring feet; but reel as drunk with wine. George Sandys.
He with heavy fumes opprest,
Reel’d from the palace, and retir’d to rest. Alexander Pope.
Should he hide his face,
Th’ extinguish’d stars would loosening reel
Wide from their spheres. James Thomson.
A reel is an object around which a length of another material (usually long and flexible) is wound for storage (usually hose are wound around a reel). Generally a reel has a cylindrical core (known as a spool) with flanges around the ends (known as the rims) to retain the material wound around the core. In most cases the core is hollow in order to pass an axle and allow the reel to rotate like a wheel, and crank or handles may exist for manually turning the reel, while others are operated by (typically electric) motors.
a lively dance of the Highlanders of Scotland; also, the music to the dance; -- often called Scotch reel
a frame with radial arms, or a kind of spool, turning on an axis, on which yarn, threads, lines, or the like, are wound; as, a log reel, used by seamen; an angler's reel; a garden reel
a machine on which yarn is wound and measured into lays and hanks, -- for cotton or linen it is fifty-four inches in circuit; for worsted, thirty inches
a device consisting of radial arms with horizontal stats, connected with a harvesting machine, for holding the stalks of grain in position to be cut by the knives
to wind upon a reel, as yarn or thread
to incline, in walking, from one side to the other; to stagger
to have a whirling sensation; to be giddy
the act or motion of reeling or staggering; as, a drunken reel
Etymology: [Gael. righil.]
A reel is an object around which lengths of another material are wound for storage. Generally a reel has a cylindrical core and walls on the sides to retain the material wound around the core. In some cases the core is hollow, although other items may be mounted on it, and grips may exist for mechanically turning the reel.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rēl, n. a lively Scottish dance for two couples or more, its music generally written in common time of four crotchets in a measure, but sometimes in jig time of six quavers: music for such a dance.—v.i. to dance a reel. [Gael. righil.]
rēl, n. a rolling or turning frame for winding yarn, &c.—v.t. to wind on a reel.—adj. Reel′able, capable of being reeled.—ns. Reel′-click, an attachment to an angler's reel, which checks the line from running out too freely; Reel′-cott′on, sewing cotton thread wound on reels or spools; Reel′er, one who reels: the grasshopper-warbler; Reel′-hold′er, a rotatory frame to hold spools or reels of thread used in sewing: one of the watch in a man-of-war who hauls in the line when the log is heaved to ascertain the ship's speed; Reel′ing-machine′, a machine for winding thread on spools or reels: a machine which winds into hanks the cotton yarn received from the bobbins of the spinning-frames; Reel′-line, a fishing-line used on a reel by anglers, esp. the part reeled, as distinguished from that cast; Reel′-plate, the metal plate of a fishing-reel that fits into the reel-seat; Reel′-seat, the groove on an angler's rod which receives the reel.—Reel off, to give out with rapidity or fluency. [A.S. reól, hreól.]
rēl, v.i. to stagger: to vacillate.—n. giddiness.—adv. Reel′-rall (Scot.), topsy-turvy. [Conn. with preceding word.]
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Etymology and Origins
A whirling dance by a single person, peculiar to the Scots, so called in allusion to the winding of cotton on a reel.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Reel is ranked #6399 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Reel surname appeared 5,316 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Reel.
88.2% or 4,691 total occurrences were White.
6.9% or 367 total occurrences were Black.
1.8% or 100 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
1.6% or 87 total occurrences were of two or more races.
0.8% or 44 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
0.5% or 27 total occurrences were Asian.
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The numerical value of REEL in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of REEL in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Examples of REEL in a Sentence
He’s incredible. He’s a career highlight reel every time, every night, we obviously have a special player on our hands and tonight, he was unbelievably efficient and difficult to defend. ... Those were really big shots he made in the second half, but overall he’s just an incredible player, shot maker.
I put hooks in the fish, and when I put hooks in the fish, it started tearing line off the reel.
[The smartphone] is an immensely enabling technology, and every technology has some sort of downside. Think of the automobile: You can reel off the pluses and minuses as well as I can.
We went around town to everyone thinking we had this beautifully written script with such layered characters, beautifully layered characters, all of them, and a director sizzle reel that really showed you what Lorene wanted to do, we went everywhere. We went to every major studio, we went to every streamer. We put it on our backs. We danced and we hustled.
I really don't believe nurses at our critical access hospitals spend their days playing cards, but I did say it, and I wish I could reel it back.
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Translations for REEL
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- vinde, trisse, spole, slingre, tromle, reel, hjul, rave, rulle, vakleDanish
- Haspel, taumeln, SpuleGerman
- μπομπίνα, καρούλιGreek
- carrete, enrollarSpanish
- laonnostokela, horjua, keriä, kela, rulla, horjahtaa, pyörittää, horjuttaa, pyöriä, rullata, kelataFinnish
- enrouler, bobine, embobiner, enrouleur, tituber, reelFrench
- ruidhleScottish Gaelic
- намота́ть, руле́тка, рил, спотыка́ться, бараба́н, верте́ть, [[идти́]] [[шататься, верте́ться, шата́ться, боби́на, шпу́лька, кабеста́н, нама́тывать, кружи́ть, кружи́ться, кату́шка, во́ротRussian
- reel, vackla, spola, rulle, rullaSwedish
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