Reel - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |riːl|  American pronunciation of the word reel
Brit.  |riːl|  British pronunciation of the word reel


- a roll of photographic film holding a series of frames to be projected by a movie projector
- music composed for dancing a reel
- winder consisting of a revolving spool with a handle; attached to a fishing rod
- a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound (syn: bobbin, spool)
- a lively dance of Scottish Highlanders; marked by circular moves and gliding steps
- an American country dance which starts with the couples facing each other in two lines


- walk as if unable to control one's movements (syn: careen, keel, lurch, stagger, swag)
- revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis (syn: gyrate, spin, whirl)
- wind onto or off a reel


My head reels, doctor.

The street reeled before her eyes.

The fighter reeled back when the heavy blow landed unexpectedly on his chin.

His mind reeled when he heard the news.

We felt the ship shake and reel.

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

Norman's brain was reeling, but he did his best to appear calm.

The party is still reeling from its recent election defeat.

Diane reeled back in amazement.

The force of the punch sent him reeling against the wall.

Andy reeled away from the bar and knocked over his stool.

The room reeled before my eyes and I fainted.

Reel out more line, the fish is getting away and may break it!'ll need to use your writing tablet to record all the information that the real estate agent is likely to reel off...

...if audiences ever got the literalism they claim they want in movies, they'd be fast asleep by the second reel...

Word forms

I/you/we/they: reel
he/she/it: reels
present participle: reeling
past tense: reeled
past participle: reeled
singular: reel
plural: reels
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