reel

A reel is a cylinder that can be wound with flexible material like film or fishing line. If you found dozens of reels of old home movies in your grandparents' attic, you'd search for a projector.

You might find an old movie reel, a reel of copper wire, or a fishing reel. Use the reel on your fishing pole to reel in your fish! Yes, it’s a verb, too. And it’s a lively folk dance — or the music for it — from Scotland (Highland reel), or America (Virginia reel). As a verb, reel also means to sway from dizziness. If an ear infection messes with your balance, you might reel down the hall like you were drunk.

Primary Meanings of reel

1.
nv
a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound
wind onto or off a reel
2.
vn
revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis
a lively dance of Scottish Highlanders; marked by circular moves and gliding steps
Full Definitions of reel
1

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

Synonyms:
bobbin, spool
Types:
filature
a bobbin used in spinning silk into thread
shuttle
bobbin that passes the weft thread between the warp threads
Type of:
winder
mechanical device around which something can be wound

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

Type of:
winder
mechanical device around which something can be wound

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

Type of:
film, photographic film
photographic material consisting of a base of celluloid covered with a photographic emulsion; used to make negatives or transparencies

v wind onto or off a reel

Types:
reel off, unreel
unwind from or as if from a reel
Type of:
roll, twine, wind, wrap
arrange or or coil around
2

v revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis

Synonyms:
gyrate, spin, spin around, whirl
Types:
whirligig
whirl or spin like a whirligig
Type of:
go around, revolve, rotate
turn on or around an axis or a center

v walk as if unable to control one's movements

Synonyms:
careen, keel, lurch, stagger, swag
Type of:
walk
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

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

Synonyms:
Scottish reel
Types:
highland fling
a vigorous Scottish reel
eightsome
a Scottish reel for eight dancers
Type of:
square dance, square dancing
American country dancing in which couples form squares

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

Synonyms:
Virginia reel
Type of:
longways, longways dance
country dancing performed with couples in two long lines facing each other

n music composed for dancing a reel

Type of:
dance music
music to dance to

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