Reel

Definition of Reel

Pronunciation: rēl
n.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.
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.
v. t.1.To roll.
[imp. & p. p. Reeled (r?ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Reeling. ]
And Sisyphus an huge round stone did reel.
- Spenser.
2.To wind upon a reel, as yarn or thread.
v. i.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.
n.1.The act or motion of reeling or staggering; as, a drunken reel.

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