reeling off

reel

1 [reel]
noun
1.
a cylinder, frame, or other device that turns on an axis and is used to wind up or pay out something.
2.
a rotatory device attached to a fishing rod at the butt, for winding up or letting out the line.
3.
Photography.
a.
a spool on which film, especially motion-picture film, is wound.
b.
a roll of motion-picture film.
c.
a holder for roll film in a developing tank.
4.
a quantity of something wound on a reel.
5.
Chiefly British. a spool of sewing thread; a roller or bobbin of sewing thread.
verb (used with object)
6.
to wind on a reel, as thread, yarn, etc.
7.
to unwind (silk filaments) from a cocoon.
8.
to pull or draw by winding a line on a reel: to reel a fish in.
Verb phrases
9.
reel off, to say, write, or produce quickly and easily: The old sailor reeled off one story after another.
Idioms
10.
off the reel,
a.
without pause; continuously.
b.
without delay or hesitation; immediately.
Also, right off the reel.

Origin:
before 1050; (noun) Middle English rele, Old English hrēol; cognate with Old Norse hræll weaver's rod; (v.) Middle English relen, derivative of rele

reelable, adjective
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reel1 (riːl, rɪəl)
 
n
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 etc)
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]
 
'reelable1
 
adj
 
'reeler1
 
n

reel2 (riːl, rɪəl)
 
vb
1.  to sway, esp under the shock of a blow or through dizziness or drunkenness
2.  to whirl about or have the feeling of whirling about: his brain reeled
 
n
3.  a staggering or swaying motion or sensation
 
[C14 relen, probably from reel1]

reel3 (riːl, rɪəl)
 
n
1.  any of various lively Scottish dances, such as the eightsome reel and foursome reel for a fixed number of couples who combine in square and circular formations
2.  a piece of music having eight quavers to the bar composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
 
[C18: from reel²]

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Word Origin & History

reel
"frame turning on an axis," late O.E. hreol "reel for winding thread," from P.Gmc. *khrekhulaz; probably related to hrægel "garment," and O.N. hræll "spindle." Specifically of the fishing rod attachment from 1726; of a film projector apparatus from 1896. The verb meaning "to wind on a reel"
is recorded from 1393, from the noun. To reel off "rattle off without pause or effort" is from 1837. Reel-to-reel type of tape deck is attested from 1961.

reel
"lively Highland dance," 1585, probably a special use of the verb sense of reel (n.1). Applied to the music for such a dance from 1591.

reel
"to whirl around," c.1300, probably from reel (n.1), on notion of "spinning." Of the mind, from 1796.
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