Meaning of REEL in English


reel 1

— reelable , adj.

/reel/ , n.

1. a cylinder, frame, or other device that turns on an axis and is used to wind up or pay out something.

2. a rotatory device attached to a fishing rod at the butt, for winding up or letting out the line.

3. Photog.

a. a spool on which film, esp. motion-picture film, is wound.

b. a roll of motion-picture film.

c. a holder for roll film in a developing tank.

4. a quantity of something wound on a reel.

5. Chiefly Brit. a spool of sewing thread; a roller or bobbin of sewing thread.

6. off the reel ,

a. without pause; continuously.

b. without delay or hesitation; immediately. Also, right off the reel .


7. to wind on a reel, as thread, yarn, etc.

8. to unwind (silk filaments) from a cocoon.

9. to pull or draw by winding a line on a reel: to reel a fish in.

10. reel off , to say, write, or produce quickly and easily: The old sailor reeled off one story after another.

[ bef. 1050; (n.) ME rele, OE hreol; c. ON hraell weaver's rod; (v.) ME relen, deriv. of rele ]

reel 2

/reel/ , v.i.

1. to sway or rock under a blow, shock, etc.: The boxer reeled and fell.

2. to waver or fall back: The troops reeled and then ran.

3. to sway about in standing or walking, as from dizziness, intoxication, etc.; stagger.

4. to turn round and round; whirl.

5. to have a sensation of whirling: His brain reeled.


6. to cause to reel.


7. an act of reeling; a reeling or staggering movement.

[ 1300-50; ME relen, appar. deriv. of rele REEL 1 ]

Syn. 3. See stagger .

reel 3

/reel/ , n.

1. a lively Scottish dance.

2. See Virginia reel .

3. music for either of these dances.

[ 1575-85; special use of REEL 2 ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .