spool

Fishing line, thread, and wire are usually wound around a special cylinder called a spool. If you enjoy sewing, you might buy spools of colored thread at the crafts store.

Back in the days of cassette tapes, the magnetic tape would occasionally get tangled in the tape player and have to be wound back on its spool. You can use this word as a verb, too: "Will you spool that loose thread back on the bobbin for me?" Computer experts use spool to mean "store data temporarily," so they might spool computer files to a desktop folder, for example.

Definitions of spool
  1. noun
    a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound
    synonyms: bobbin, reel
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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. verb
    wind onto a spool or a reel
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    types:
    cheese
    wind onto a cheese
    type of:
    roll, twine, wind, wrap
    arrange or or coil around
  3. verb
    transfer data intended for a peripheral device (usually a printer) into temporary storage
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    type of:
    transfer
    move from one place to another
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