Pronunciation: (rēl),[key] —n. 1. a cylinder, frame, or other device that turns on an axis and is used to wind up or pay out something.
2. a rotatory device attached to a fishing rod at the butt, for winding up or letting out the line.
3. Photog. a. a spool on which film, esp. motion-picture film, is wound.
b. a roll of motion-picture film.
c. a holder for roll film in a developing tank.
4. a quantity of something wound on a reel.
5. Chiefly Brit.a spool of sewing thread; a roller or bobbin of sewing thread.
6. off the reel, a. without pause; continuously.
b. without delay or hesitation; immediately. Also,right off the reel.
—v.t. 1. to wind on a reel, as thread, yarn, etc.
2. to unwind (silk filaments) from a cocoon.
3. to pull or draw by winding a line on a reel: to reel a fish in. 4. reel off,to say, write, or produce quickly and easily: The old sailor reeled off one story after another.
Pronunciation: (rēl),[key] —v.i. 1. to sway or rock under a blow, shock, etc.: The boxer reeled and fell. 2. to waver or fall back: The troops reeled and then ran. 3. to sway about in standing or walking, as from dizziness, intoxication, etc.; stagger.
4. to turn round and round; whirl.
5. to have a sensation of whirling: His brain reeled.
—v.t. to cause to reel.
—n. an act of reeling; a reeling or staggering movement.
Pronunciation: (rēl),[key] —n. 1. a lively Scottish dance.
2. See Virginia reel. 3. music for either of these dances.