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Definition of reel:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. A lively dance of the Highlanders of Scotland; also, the music to the dance; - often called Scotch reel.
  4. 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.
  5. The act or motion of reeling or staggering; as, a drunken reel.
  6. To have a whirling sensation; to be giddy.
  7. To incline, in walking, from one side to the other; to stagger.
  8. To roll.
  9. To wind upon a reel, as yarn or thread.

Synonyms:

waver, waggle, dragnet, bobbin, boogie, whirl, brazier, wamble, roll of film, coffer, fishing line, pirouette, swag, eddy, spin out, bag, box, cartridge, spool, repetition, falter, be taken aback, fluctuate, tumble, sag, birl, purl, wave, sway, developer, weave, jounce, celluloid, pull away, twirl, aperture, joggle, fishing rod, prowl, quiver, do a double take, bucket, revolution, dessertspoon, boxful, roll, creel, wonder, flounder, wound strip, drum, tilt, totter, shiver, gyrate, whirl around, skunk, canister, toddle, back, cartload, agitate, jar, basket, part, cancan, boom, stand aside, lurch, digicam, camera, not know what hit you, barb, coil, quake, wheel, drifter, shrink, marvel, darkroom, spiral, limp, quaver, spin, keel, move, draw back, belly dance, rock, shake, bladder, shift, rotation, decoy, bucketful, pitch, stagger, retreat, camcorder, scatter, teeter, bossa nova, distribute, swing, Virginia Reel, crate, boggle, armful, thrill, cylinder, Scottish Reel, shudder at, flap, spindle, back away, cuspidor, cockpit, backtrack, ASA, whirlpool, dancing, shudder, brandish, twiddle, flutter, tremble, boatload, bait, begging bowl, drift net, catch your breath, careen, start, gyration, wobble, windlass, flag, stumble, jolt, swirl, birl, hobble, droop, swim, casket, spin around, oscillate, vibrate.

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