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Reel vs. Jig

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Reelnoun

A lively dance originating in Scotland; also, the music of this dance; often called a Scottish (or Scotch) reel.

Jignoun

(music) A light, brisk musical movement; a gigue.

Reelnoun

A kind of spool, turning on an axis, on which yarn, threads, lines, or the like, are wound.

‘a log reel, used by seamen’; ‘an angler's reel’; ‘a garden reel’; ‘nudge the fruit machine reel’;

Jignoun

A lively dance in 6/8 (double jig), 9/8 (slip jig) or 12/8 (single jig) time; a tune suitable for such a dance. By extension, a lively traditional tune in any of these time signatures. Unqualified, the term is usually taken to refer to a double (6/8) jig.

‘They danced a jig.’;

Reelnoun

(textiles) A machine on which yarn is wound and measured into lays and hanks, —-- for cotton or linen it is fifty-four inches in circuit; for worsted, thirty inches.

Jignoun

A dance performed by one or sometimes two individual dancers, as opposed to a dance performed by a set or team.

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Reelnoun

(agriculture) A device consisting of radial arms with horizontal stats, connected with a harvesting machine, for holding the stalks of grain in position to be cut by the knives.

Jignoun

(fishing) A type of lure consisting of a hook molded into a weight, usually with a bright or colorful body.

Reelnoun

(film) A short compilation of sample film work used as a demonstrative resume in the entertainment industry.

Jignoun

A device in manufacturing, woodworking, or other creative endeavors for controlling the location, path of movement, or both of either a workpiece or the tool that is operating upon it. Subsets of this general class include machining jigs, woodworking jigs, welders' jigs, jewelers' jigs, and many others.

‘Cutting circles out of pinewood is best done with a compass-style jig.’;

Reelverb

To wind on a reel.

Jignoun

(mining) An apparatus or machine for jigging ore.

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Reelverb

To spin or revolve repeatedly.

Jignoun

(obsolete) A light, humorous piece of writing, especially in rhyme; a farce in verse; a ballad.

Reelverb

To unwind, to bring or acquire something by spinning or winding something else.

‘He reeled off some tape from the roll and sealed the package.’;

Jignoun

(obsolete) A trick; a prank.

Reelverb

To walk shakily or unsteadily; to stagger; move as if drunk or not in control of oneself.

Jignoun

A black person.

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Reelverb

(reel back) To back off or step away unsteadily and quickly.

‘He reeled back from the punch.’;

Jigverb

To move briskly, especially as a dance.

‘The guests were jigging around on the dance floor.’;

Reelverb

To make or cause to reel.

Jigverb

To move with a skip or rhythm; to move with vibrations or jerks.

Reelverb

To have a whirling sensation; to be giddy.

Jigverb

(fishing) To fish with a jig.

Reelverb

To be in shock.

Jigverb

To sing to the tune of a jig.

Reelverb

(obsolete) To roll.

Jigverb

To trick or cheat; to cajole; to delude.

Reelnoun

A lively dance of the Highlanders of Scotland; also, the music to the dance; - often called Scotch reel.

Jigverb

(mining) To sort or separate, as ore in a jigger or sieve.

Reelnoun

A frame with radial arms, or a kind of spool, turning on an axis, on which yarn, threads, lines, or the like, are wound; as, a log reel, used by seamen; an angler's reel; a garden reel.

Jigverb

To cut or form, as a piece of metal, in a jigging machine.

Reelnoun

A machine on which yarn is wound and measured into lays and hanks, - for cotton or linen it is fifty-four inches in circuit; for worsted, thirty inches.

Jignoun

A light, brisk musical movement.

‘Hot and hasty, like a Scotch jig.’;

Reelnoun

A device consisting of radial arms with horizontal stats, connected with a harvesting machine, for holding the stalks of grain in position to be cut by the knives.

Jignoun

A light, humorous piece of writing, esp. in rhyme; a farce in verse; a ballad.

‘A jig shall be clapped at, and every rhymePraised and applauded.’;

Reelnoun

The act or motion of reeling or staggering; as, a drunken reel.

Jignoun

A piece of sport; a trick; a prank.

‘Is't not a fine jig,A precious cunning, in the late Protector?’;

Reelverb

To roll.

‘And Sisyphus an huge round stone did reel.’;

Jignoun

A trolling bait, consisting of a bright spoon and a hook attached.

Reelverb

To wind upon a reel, as yarn or thread.

Jignoun

A small machine or handy tool

Reelverb

To incline, in walking, from one side to the other; to stagger.

‘They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man.’; ‘He, with heavy fumes oppressed,Reeled from the palace, and retired to rest.’; ‘The wagons reeling under the yellow sheaves.’;

Jigverb

To sing to the tune of a jig.

‘Jig off a tune at the tongue's end.’;

Reelverb

To have a whirling sensation; to be giddy.

‘In these lengthened vigils his brain often reeled.’;

Jigverb

To trick or cheat; to cajole; to delude.

Reelnoun

a roll of photographic film holding a series of frames to be projected by a movie projector

Jigverb

To sort or separate, as ore in a jigger or sieve. See Jigging, n.

Reelnoun

music composed for dancing a reel

Jigverb

To cut or form, as a piece of metal, in a jigging machine.

Reelnoun

winder consisting of a revolving spool with a handle; attached to a fishing rod

Jigverb

To dance a jig; to skip about.

‘You jig, you amble, and you lisp.’;

Reelnoun

a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound

Jigverb

To move with a skip or rhythm; to move with vibrations or jerks.

‘The fin would jig off slowly, as if it were looking for nothing at all.’;

Reelnoun

a lively dance of Scottish highlanders; marked by circular moves and gliding steps

Jignoun

music in three-four time for dancing a jig

Reelnoun

an American country dance which starts with the couples facing each other in two lines

Jignoun

any of various old rustic dances involving kicking and leaping

Reelverb

walk as if unable to control one's movements;

‘The drunken man staggered into the room’;

Jigverb

dance a quick dance with leaping and kicking motions

Reelverb

revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis;

‘The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy’;

Jig

The jig (Irish: port, Scottish Gaelic: port-cruinn) is a form of lively folk dance in compound metre, as well as the accompanying dance tune. It first gained popularity in 16th-century Scotland and Northern England, and was quickly adopted on mainland Europe where it eventually became the final movement of the mature Baroque dance suite (the French gigue; Italian and Spanish giga).

Reelverb

wind onto or off a reel

Reel

A reel is an object around which a length of another material (usually long and flexible) is wound for storage. Generally a reel has a cylindrical core and walls on the sides to retain the material wound around the core.

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