What does reel mean?

Definitions for reel
rilreel

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word reel.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. reelnoun

    a roll of photographic film holding a series of frames to be projected by a movie projector

  2. reelnoun

    music composed for dancing a reel

  3. reelnoun

    winder consisting of a revolving spool with a handle; attached to a fishing rod

  4. bobbin, spool, reelnoun

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

  5. reel, Scottish reelnoun

    a lively dance of Scottish Highlanders; marked by circular moves and gliding steps

  6. Virginia reel, reelverb

    an American country dance which starts with the couples facing each other in two lines

  7. stagger, reel, keel, lurch, swag, careenverb

    walk as if unable to control one's movements

    "The drunken man staggered into the room"

  8. spin, spin around, whirl, reel, gyrateverb

    revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis

    "The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy"

  9. reelverb

    wind onto or off a reel

Wiktionary

  1. reelnoun

    A lively dance of the Highlanders of Scotland; also, the music to the dance; -- often called Scotch reel.

  2. reelnoun

    A frame with radial arms, or a kind of spool, turning on an axis, on which yarn, threads, lines, or the like, are wound

  3. reelnoun

    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.

  4. reelnoun

    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.

  5. reelnoun

    A short compilation of sample film work used as a demonstrative resume in the entertainment industry.

  6. reelverb

    To wind on a reel.

  7. reelverb

    To spin or revolve repeatedly.

  8. reelverb

    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.

  9. reelverb

    To walk shakily or unsteadily; to stagger; move as if drunk or not in control of one's self.

  10. reelverb

    (reel back) To back off or step away unsteadily and quickly.

    He reeled back from the punch.

  11. reelverb

    To make or cause to reel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reelnoun

    a lively dance of the Highlanders of Scotland; also, the music to the dance; -- often called Scotch reel

    Etymology: [Gael. righil.]

  2. Reelnoun

    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

    Etymology: [Gael. righil.]

  3. Reelnoun

    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

    Etymology: [Gael. righil.]

  4. Reelnoun

    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

    Etymology: [Gael. righil.]

  5. Reelverb

    to roll

    Etymology: [Gael. righil.]

  6. Reelverb

    to wind upon a reel, as yarn or thread

    Etymology: [Gael. righil.]

  7. Reelverb

    to incline, in walking, from one side to the other; to stagger

    Etymology: [Gael. righil.]

  8. Reelverb

    to have a whirling sensation; to be giddy

    Etymology: [Gael. righil.]

  9. Reelnoun

    the act or motion of reeling or staggering; as, a drunken reel

    Etymology: [Gael. righil.]

Freebase

  1. Reel

    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

  1. Reel

    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.]

  2. Reel

    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.]

  3. Reel

    rēl, v.i. to stagger: to vacillate.—n. giddiness.—adv. Reel′-rall (Scot.), topsy-turvy. [Conn. with preceding word.]

Suggested Resources

  1. reel

    Song lyrics by reel -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by reel on the Lyrics.com website.

  2. REEL

    What does REEL stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the REEL acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Reel

    A whirling dance by a single person, peculiar to the Scots, so called in allusion to the winding of cotton on a reel.

How to pronounce reel?

How to say reel in sign language?

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reel in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of reel in a Sentence

  1. Anuj Somany:

    The Mother-In-Law and the Daughter-In-Law display bonhomie with each other in their family only in reel life not real life.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    Mother-in-law and Daughter-in-law like each other only in the reel life like movie,TV serial; not actually in the real life.

  3. Sam Rubin:

    When I walked in to pick up my card [with the reel], studio people — who I assume were ordered by these same lame public-relations censors who interrupted my interview — they were editing someone else’s interview, one Ben had already given because he had made a joke in the interview about drug use, they were taking out a remark he had actually made of his own free will and cutting it out of the interview because they think you might not be able to understand it. You may not get Ben’s sense of humor.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    When a male actor plays the villainous character in reel life, he might be a relatively good person in real life; but if an actress plays a negative shade in movie , then she might have got her that role just because of someone probably the producer or director.

  5. Stacy Warner:

    It’s not going to be all about the team or your university anymore, people are going to want the ball more. People are going to want to make those big plays to get their names in the paper and get on a highlight reel somewhere, because they see the dollar signs for doing that.

Images & Illustrations of reel

  1. reelreelreelreelreel

Popularity rank by frequency of use

reel#1#8268#10000

Translations for reel

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • макараBulgarian
  • vakle, rulle, vinde, hjul, tromle, slingre, spole, trisse, reel, raveDanish
  • Spule, taumeln, HaspelGerman
  • μπομπίνα, καρούλιGreek
  • carrete, enrollarSpanish
  • horjua, kela, rulla, pyörittää, kelata, horjuttaa, keriä, horjahtaa, laonnostokela, pyöriä, rullataFinnish
  • embobiner, enrouleur, tituber, reel, bobine, enroulerFrench
  • ruidhleScottish Gaelic
  • letekerHungarian
  • կոճArmenian
  • takatakaiMāori
  • vakleNorwegian
  • руле́тка, рил, спотыка́ться, верте́ться, шпу́лька, кабеста́н, верте́ть, намота́ть, кружи́ться, кату́шка, во́рот, кружи́ть, нама́тывать, боби́на, шата́ться, [[идти́]] [[шататься, бараба́нRussian
  • spola, reel, rulla, rulle, vacklaSwedish
  • 卷轴Chinese

Get even more translations for reel »

Translation

Find a translation for the reel definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these reel definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "reel." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 1 Dec. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/reel>.

    Are we missing a good definition for reel? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    make uniform
    • A. fluster
    • B. exacerbate
    • C. abet
    • D. knead

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for reel: