Meaning of REEL in English


I. ˈrēl noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hrēol; akin to Old Norse hræll weaver's reed, Greek krekein to weave

Date: before 12th century

1. : a revolvable device on which something flexible is wound: as

a. : a small windlass at the butt of a fishing rod for the line

b. chiefly British : a spool or bobbin for sewing thread

c. : a flanged spool for photographic film ; especially : one for motion pictures

2. : a quantity of something wound on a reel

II. verb

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

1. : to wind on or as if on a reel

2. : to draw by reeling a line

reel a fish in

intransitive verb

: to turn a reel

• reel·able ˈrē-lə-bəl adjective

III. verb

Etymology: Middle English relen, probably from reel, noun

Date: 14th century

intransitive verb


a. : to turn or move round and round

b. : to be in a whirl

2. : to behave in a violent disorderly manner

3. : to waver or fall back (as from a blow)

4. : to walk or move unsteadily

transitive verb

: to cause to reel

IV. noun

Date: 1572

: a reeling motion

V. noun

Etymology: probably from reel (IV)

Date: circa 1585

1. : a lively Scottish-Highland dance ; also : the music for this dance

2. : Virginia reel

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.