|to bark; yelp.|
|chat, to converse|
|reel1 (riːl, rɪəl)|
|1.||US equivalent: spool any of various cylindrical objects or frames that turn on an axis and onto which film, magnetic tape, paper tape, wire, thread, etc, may be wound|
|2.||angling a device for winding, casting, etc, consisting of a revolving spool with a handle, attached to a fishing rod|
|3.||a roll of celluloid exhibiting a sequence of photographs to be projected|
|—vb (foll by in, out |
|4.||to wind (cotton, thread, etc) onto a reel|
|5.||to wind or draw with a reel: to reel in a fish|
|[Old English hrēol; related to Old Norse hrǣll weaver's rod, Greek krekein to weave]|
in motion pictures, a light circular frame with radial arms and a central axis, originally designed to hold approximately 1,000 feet (300 m) of 35-millimetre motion-picture film. In the early days of motion pictures, each reel ran about 10 minutes, and the length of a picture was indicated by the number of its reels. A film was a "one-reeler," a "two-reeler," or longer.
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