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.

Primary Meanings of spool

1.
nv
a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound
wind onto a spool or a reel
2.
v
transfer data intended for a peripheral device (usually a printer) into temporary storage
Full Definitions of spool
1

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

Synonyms:
bobbin, reel
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

v wind onto a spool or a reel

Types:
cheese
wind onto a cheese
Type of:
roll, twine, wind, wrap
arrange or or coil around
2

v transfer data intended for a peripheral device (usually a printer) into temporary storage

Type of:
transfer
move from one place to another

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