reel

[[t]ri͟ːl[/t]]
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reels, reeling, reeled
1) N-COUNT: oft N of n A reel is a cylindrical object around which you wrap something such as cinema film, magnetic tape, fishing line, or cotton thread. [mainly BRIT]

...a 30m reel of cable.

(in AM, usually use spool)
2) N-COUNT: usu with supp You can talk about a reel as a way of referring to all the scenes in a film which fit onto one reel of film.

I shall not reveal the movie's final reel.

3) VERB If someone reels, they move about in an unsteady way as if they are going to fall.

He was reeling a little. He must be very drunk...

[V adv/prep] He lost his balance and reeled back...

[V adv/prep] I stood up and almost fell, reeling against the deck rail.

4) VERB: usu cont If you are reeling from a shock, you are feeling extremely surprised or upset because of it.

[V from n] I'm still reeling from the shock of hearing of it...

[V prep] It left us reeling with disbelief.

5) VERB If you say that your brain or your mind is reeling, you mean that you are very confused because you have too many things to think about.

His mind reeled at the question.

6) N-COUNT A reel is a type of fast Scottish dance, or fast country dance.
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  • réel — réel …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • réel — réel, elle [ reɛl ] adj. et n. m. • 1380 real « qui existe effectivement »; 1283 dr.; lat. médiév. realis, de res « chose » I ♦ Adj. Qui consiste en une chose ou concerne une chose, les choses. 1 ♦ Dr. Qui concerne les choses (opposé à personnel) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 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 in — ˌreel ˈin [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they reel in he/she/it reels in present participle reeling in past tense …   Useful english 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

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