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reel
WordNet 2.0
  • an American country dance which starts with the couples facing each other in two lines
  • a lively dance of Scottish highlanders
  • marked by circular moves and gliding steps
  • a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound
  • winder consisting of a revolving spool with a handle
  • attached to a fishing rod
  • a roll of photographic film holding a series of frames to be projected by a movie projector
  • music composed for dancing a reel
  • wind onto or off a reel
  • walk as if unable to control one''s movements
  • "The drunken man staggered into the room"
  • revolve quickly and repeatedly around one''s own axis
  • "The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy"
reel
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. A lively dance of the Highlanders of Scotland; also, the music to the dance; -- often called Scotch reel.

    Virginia reel
    the common name throughout the United States for the old English "country dance," or contradance (contredanse). Bartlett.

  • 1. 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.

    2. 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. McElrath.

    3. (Agric.) 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.

    Reel oven
    a baker's oven in which bread pans hang suspended from the arms of a kind of reel revolving on a horizontal axis. Knight.

  • 1. To roll. [Obs.]

    "And Sisyphus an huge round stone did reel." -- Spenser.

    2. To wind upon a reel, as yarn or thread.

  • 1. To incline, in walking, from one side to the other; to stagger.

    "They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man." -- Ps. cvii. 27.

    "He, with heavy fumes oppressed, Reeled from the palace, and retired to rest." -- Pope.

    "The wagons reeling under the yellow sheaves." -- Macaulay.

    2. To have a whirling sensation; to be giddy.

    "In these lengthened vigils his brain often reeled." -- Hawthorne.

  • 1. The act or motion of reeling or staggering; as, a drunken reel. Shak.

 

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