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spool

[spool] /spul/
noun
1.
any cylindrical piece or device on which something is wound.
2.
a small cylindrical piece of wood or other material on which yarn is wound in spinning, for use in weaving; a bobbin.
3.
a small cylinder of wood or other material on which thread, wire, or tape is wound, typically expanded or with a rim at each end and having a hole lengthwise through the center.
4.
the material or quantity of material wound on such a device.
5.
Angling. the cylindrical drum in a reel that bears the line.
verb (used with object)
6.
to wind on a spool.
7.
to unwind from a spool (usually followed by off or out).
8.
Computers. to operate (an input/output device) by using buffers in main and secondary storage.
verb (used without object)
9.
to wind.
10.
to unwind.
Origin of spool
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English spole < Middle Dutch spoele or Middle Low German spōle; cognate with German Spule
Related forms
spooler, noun
spoollike, adjective
unspool, verb (used with object)
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  • In a trice half a dozen girls have left their spooling and cluster around me.

    The Woman Who Toils Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
  • It is useless to advance the plea that spooling is not difficult.

    The Woman Who Toils Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
  • At the further twisting and plying of the cotton, the processes succeeding the spooling, men are employed.

    Making Both Ends Meet Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
  • Uniform circular into uniform rectilinear motion; used in spooling frames for leading or guiding the thread on to the spools.

  • I told him that I was tired of spooling and knew I could make more by something else.

    The Woman Who Toils Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
  • The little girl who teaches me spooling is fresh and cheerful and jolly; I grant her all this.

    The Woman Who Toils Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
  • spooling is not disagreeable, and the room is the quietest part of the mill—noisy enough, but calm compared to the others.

    The Woman Who Toils Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
  • The children employed at spooling and hemming usually suffer grave injuries to the health and constitution.

  • But minutes after she had gone Steve looked up from a line he was spooling.

British Dictionary definitions for spooling

spool

/spuːl/
noun
1.
a device around which magnetic tape, film, cotton, etc, can be automatically wound, with plates at top and bottom to prevent it from slipping off
2.
anything round which other materials, esp thread, are wound
verb
3.
(sometimes foll by up) to wind or be wound onto a spool or reel
Word Origin
C14: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German spuolo, Middle Dutch spoele
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Word Origin and History for spooling

spool

n.

early 14c., from Old North French spole, espole "a spool" (13c.), from Middle Dutch spoele "a spool," from Proto-Germanic *spolon (cf. Norwegian and Swedish spole, Old High German spuola, German Spule), from PIE root *spel- "to cleave, split" (see spoil).

v.

c.1600, from spool (n.). Related: Spooled; spooling.

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spooling in Science
spool
  (spl)   
To store data that is sent to a device, such as a printer, in a buffer that the device reads. This procedure allows the program that sent the data to the device to resume its normal operation without waiting for the device to process the data.
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Related Abbreviations for spooling

spool

simultaneous peripheral operation online
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