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reel         

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      n  
1    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,   (U.S. equivalent)    spool  
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   tr  
4    to wind (cotton, thread, etc.) onto a reel  
5    foll by: in, out etc   to wind or draw with a reel  
to reel in a fish     
     (Old English hreol; related to Old Norse hræll weaver's rod, Greek krekein to weave)  
  reelable      adj  
  reeler      n  
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reel          [2]  
      vb   mainly intr  
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)  

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reel          [3]  
      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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reel

  
1    falter, lurch, pitch, rock, roll, stagger, stumble, sway, totter, waver, wobble  
2    go round and round, revolve, spin, swim, swirl, twirl, whirl  

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