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[reel-tuh-reel] /ˈril təˈril/
of or relating to an audio sound-equipment system or motion-picture camera or projector through which the tape or film must be threaded onto a take-up reel.
Origin of reel-to-reel
1960-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for reel-to-reel
  • Two-inch, reel-to-reel videotape used to be the broadcast standard for television.
  • Our shared world was not books, but rather, my father's collection of reel-to-reel movies.
  • He pioneered recording on tape, creating dozens of layers of sound with an early reel-to-reel tape machines.
  • He pioneered recording on tape, creating dozens of layers of sound with an early reel-to-reel tape machine.
  • The reel-to-reel tapes were made with a variety of recorders.
  • The film deposition process can be easily adapted to reel-to-reel fabrication processes that are in common use in the industry.
  • Use squeegee rolls in continuous or reel-to-reel plating tanks.
  • Most entries are available on reel-to-reel reference tapes.
  • There are nine reel-to-reel original tapes and corresponding copies on compact disk and three preservation tapes.
  • reel-to-reel tape boxes should be labeled and a length of identifying leader attached to each tape if possible.
British Dictionary definitions for reel-to-reel


(of magnetic tape) wound from one reel to another in use
(of a tape recorder) using magnetic tape wound from one reel to another, as opposed to cassettes
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