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.

Definitions of reel
  1. noun
    a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound
    synonyms: bobbin, spool
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    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
  2. noun
    winder consisting of a revolving spool with a handle; attached to a fishing rod
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    type of:
    winder
    mechanical device around which something can be wound
  3. noun
    a roll of photographic film holding a series of frames to be projected by a movie projector
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    type of:
    film, photographic film
    photographic material consisting of a base of celluloid covered with a photographic emulsion; used to make negatives or transparencies
  4. verb
    wind onto or off a reel
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    types:
    reel off, unreel
    unwind from or as if from a reel
    type of:
    roll, twine, wind, wrap
    arrange or or coil around
  5. verb
    revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis
    synonyms: gyrate, spin, spin around, whirl
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    types:
    whirligig
    whirl or spin like a whirligig
    type of:
    go around, revolve, rotate
    turn on or around an axis or a center
  6. verb
    walk as if unable to control one's movements
    synonyms: careen, keel, lurch, stagger, swag
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    type of:
    walk
    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  7. verb
    be dizzy or giddy
    synonyms: swim
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    type of:
    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  8. noun
    a lively dance of Scottish Highlanders; marked by circular moves and gliding steps
    synonyms: Scottish reel
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    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
  9. noun
    an American country dance which starts with the couples facing each other in two lines
    synonyms: Virginia reel
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    type of:
    longways, longways dance
    country dancing performed with couples in two long lines facing each other
  10. noun
    music composed for dancing a reel
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    type of:
    dance music
    music to dance to
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