reel (n.)

  1. a roll of photographic film holding a series of frames to be projected by a movie projector

  2. music composed for dancing a reel

  3. winder consisting of a revolving spool with a handle; attached to a fishing rod

  4. a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound

    [ Syn: bobbin , spool ]

  5. a lively dance of Scottish Highlanders; marked by circular moves and gliding steps

    [ Syn: scottish reel ]

  6. an American country dance which starts with the couples facing each other in two lines

    [ Syn: virginia reel ]

    reel (v.)

  1. walk as if unable to control ones movements; The drunken man staggered into the room

    [ Syn: stagger , keel , lurch , swag , careen ]

  2. revolve quickly and repeatedly around ones own axis; The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy

    [ Syn: spin , spin around , whirl , gyrate ]

  3. wind onto or off a reel

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