I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hrēol; akin to Old Norse hræll weaver's reed, Greek krekein to weave Date: before 12th century 1. a revolvable device on which something flexible is wound: as a. a small windlass at the butt of a fishing rod for the line b. chiefly British a spool or bobbin for sewing thread c. a flanged spool for photographic film; especially one for motion pictures 2. a quantity of something wound on a reel II. verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to wind on or as if on a reel 2. to draw by reeling a line <
reel a fish in
intransitive verb to turn a reel • reelable adjective III. verb Etymology: Middle English relen, probably from reel, noun Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. a. to turn or move round and round b. to be in a whirl 2. to behave in a violent disorderly manner 3. to waver or fall back (as from a blow) 4. to walk or move unsteadily transitive verb to cause to reel IV. noun Date: 1572 a reeling motion V. noun Etymology: probably from 4reel Date: circa 1585 1. a lively Scottish-Highland dance; also the music for this dance 2. Virginia reel

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  • Reel — bezeichnet sowohl einen schottischen und irischen Volkstanz als auch die zugrundeliegende Melodie in einem schnellen 2/2 Takt (Alla breve). Das Tempo beträgt etwa 100−120 bpm (halbe Noten je Minute), also 50–60 Takte pro Minute. Reels werden… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • réel — réel, elle (ré èl, è l ) adj. 1°   Qui est effectivement. •   Reconnaissez ici le monde, reconnaissez ses maux toujours plus réels que ses biens, BOSSUET Anne de Gonz.. •   Ni l accident n est plus réel que l être même...., BOSSUET Duch. d Orl..… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • reel — reel1 [rēl] vi. [ME relen < the n.: from the sensation of whirling] 1. to give way or fall back; sway, waver, or stagger as from being struck 2. to lurch or stagger about, as from drunkenness or dizziness 3. to go around and around; whirl 4.… …   English World dictionary

  • Reel — (r[=e]l), n. [AS. hre[ o]l: cf. Icel. hr[ae]ll a weaver s reed or sley.] 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; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reel — reel·able; reel·er; reel; reel·ing·ly; un·reel; reel·rall; …   English syllables

  • Reel —   [englisch, ri:l], Bezeichnung für einen alten englischen Volkstanz in geradem, meist 4/4 , seltener 2/4 oder 6/4 Takt mit lebhaftem Charakter. Das jeweils erste Viertel im Takt ist betont. Verbreitung fand er auch in Schottland und Irland. Eine …   Universal-Lexikon

  • reel — vb Reel, whirl, stagger, totter are comparable when they mean to move or seem to move uncertainly or un controllably (as in weakness, in giddiness, or in intoxication). Reel usually implies a turning round and round, or a sensation of so turning… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • reel — REEL, [re]elle. adj. Qui est veritablement, effectivement, sans fiction ni figure. Un estre réel. une existence réelle. la presence réelle du Corps de Jesus Christ au saint Sacrement de l Autel. ce que je vous dis est réel. un payement réel. ce… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • reel — ► NOUN 1) a cylinder on which film, wire, thread, etc. can be wound. 2) a part of a film. 3) a lively Scottish or Irish folk dance with music in simple or duple time. ► VERB 1) (reel in) wind on or bring towards one by turning a reel. 2) ( …   English terms dictionary

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