spool
I. noun Etymology: Middle English spole, from Middle Dutch spoele; akin to Old High German spuola spool Date: 14th century 1. a cylindrical device which has a rim or ridge at each end and an axial hole for a pin or spindle and on which material (as thread, wire, or tape) is wound 2. material or the amount of material wound on a spool II. verb Date: 1603 transitive verb 1. to wind on a spool 2. wind <
spool the thread off the bobbin
>
3. to regulate the transmission of by means of a spooler <
spool data
>
intransitive verb 1. to wind itself on a spool 2. to be wound or unwound 3. to regulate data flow by means of a spooler

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Spool — can mean one of the following: Spool, a usually low flanged or unflanged cylinder on which thread, wire, cable, paper, film, or tape is wound for distribution or use. Bobbin, a cylinder or reel on which a quantity of thread, yarn or wire is wound …   Wikipedia

  • Spool — En informatique, spool (de l acronyme anglais Simultaneous peripheral operation on line) est un fichier d édition envoyé vers une imprimante. Il regroupe l ensemble des ordres que le périphérique doit exécuter pour mener à bien l impression d un… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • spool — [spo͞ol] n. [ME spole < MFr espole < MDu spoele, akin to Ger spule < IE base * (s)p(h)el , to split, split off > SPALL, SPILL1, SPOIL] 1. a cylinder or roller, usually with a hole for a spindle from end to end and a rim at either end …   English World dictionary

  • Spool — (sp[=oo]l), n. [OE. spole, OD. spoele, D. spoel; akin to G. spule, OHG. spuola, Dan. & Sw. spole.] A piece of cane or reed with a knot at each end, or a hollow cylinder of wood with a ridge at each end, used to wind thread or yarn upon. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spool — Spool, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spooled} (sp[=oo]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Spooling}.] To wind on a spool or spools. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spool — early 14c., from O.N.Fr. spole, espole a spool (13c.), from M.Du. spoele a spool, from P.Gmc. *spolon (Cf. Norw., Swed. spole, O.H.G. spuola, Ger. Spule), from PIE root *spel to cleave, split (see SPOIL (Cf. spoil)). The verb is recorded from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • spool — spool; spool·er; …   English syllables

  • spool — ► NOUN ▪ a cylindrical device on which thread, film, fishing line, etc. can be wound. ► VERB 1) wind or be wound on to a spool. 2) Computing send (data for printing or peripheral processing) to an intermediate store. ORIGIN Old French espole or… …   English terms dictionary

  • spool — [spu:l] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: espole, from Middle Dutch spoele] an object shaped like a wheel that you wind thread, wire etc around …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • spool — I UK [spuːl] / US [spul] noun [countable] Word forms spool : singular spool plural spools 1) a round object with a hole in the middle that you put something such as string, thread, or tape around 2) computing a part of a computer s memory where… …   English dictionary

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