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Definition of Reel


  1. A lively dance of the Highlanders of Scotland; also, the music to the dance; -- often called Scotch reel.
  2. A frame with radial arms, or a kind of spool, turning on an axis, on which yarn, threads, lines, or the like, are wound; as, a log reel, used by seamen; an angler's reel; a garden reel.
  3. A machine on which yarn is wound and measured into lays and hanks, -- for cotton or linen it is fifty-four inches in circuit; for worsted, thirty inches.
  4. A device consisting of radial arms with horizontal stats, connected with a harvesting machine, for holding the stalks of grain in position to be cut by the knives.
  5. To roll.
  6. To wind upon a reel, as yarn or thread.
  7. To incline, in walking, from one side to the other; to stagger.
  8. To have a whirling sensation; to be giddy.
  9. The act or motion of reeling or staggering; as, a drunken reel.

Reel Translations

reel in German is Band, Bandrolle, Bandspule
reel in Italian is fettuccia, bobina