Reel vs. Real - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Reel

    A reel is an object around which lengths of another material (usually long and flexible) are wound for storage. Generally a reel has a cylindrical core and walls on the sides to retain the material wound around the core. In some cases the core is hollow, although other items may be mounted on it, and grips may exist for mechanically turning the reel.

Wiktionary

  • Reel (noun)

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

  • Reel (noun)

    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"

  • Reel (noun)

    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.

  • Reel (noun)

    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.

  • Reel (noun)

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

  • Reel (verb)

    To wind on a reel.

  • Reel (verb)

    To spin or revolve repeatedly.

  • Reel (verb)

    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."

  • Reel (verb)

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

  • Reel (verb)

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

    "He reeled back from the punch."

  • Reel (verb)

    To make or cause to reel.

  • Reel (verb)

    To have a whirling sensation; to be giddy.

  • Reel (verb)

    To be in shock.

  • Reel (verb)

    To roll.

  • Real (adjective)

    True, genuine, not merely nominal or apparent.

  • Real (adjective)

    Genuine, not artificial, counterfeit, or fake.

    "This is real leather."

  • Real (adjective)

    Genuine, unfeigned, sincere.

    "These are real tears!"

  • Real (adjective)

    Actually being, existing, or occurring; not fictitious or imaginary.

    "a description of real life"

  • Real (adjective)

    That has objective, physical existence.

    "No one has ever seen a real unicorn."

  • Real (adjective)

    Having been adjusted to remove the effects of inflation; measured in purchasing power contrast nominal.

    "My dad calculated my family's real consumption per month."

    "What is the real GNP of this polity?"

  • Real (adjective)

    Relating to the result of the actions of rational agents; relating to neoclassical economic models as opposed to Keynesian models.

  • Real (adjective)

    Being either a rational number, or the limit of a convergent infinite sequence of rational numbers: being one of a set of numbers with a one-to-one correspondence to the points on a line.

  • Real (adjective)

    Relating to immovable tangible property.

    "real estate;"

    "real property"

  • Real (adjective)

    Absolute, complete, utter.

    "This is a real problem."

  • Real (adjective)

    Signifying meritorious qualities or actions especially as regard the enjoyment of life, prowess at sports, or success wooing potential partners.

    "I'm keeping it real."

  • Real (adverb)

    Really, very.

  • Real (noun)

    A commodity; see realty.

  • Real (noun)

    One of the three genders that the common gender can be separated into in the Scandinavian languages.

  • Real (noun)

    A real number.

  • Real (noun)

    A realist.

  • Real (noun)

    Former unit of currency of Spain and Spain's colonies.

  • Real (noun)

    A coin worth one real.

  • Real (noun)

    A unit of currency used in Portugal and its colonies from 1430 until 1911, and in Brazil from 1790 until 1942

  • Real (noun)

    A coin worth one real.

  • Real (noun)

    A unit of currency used in Brazil since 1994. Symbol: R$.

  • Real (noun)

    A coin worth one real.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Real (adjective)

    actually existing as a thing or occurring in fact; not imagined or supposed

    "Julius Caesar was a real person"

    "her many illnesses, real and imaginary"

  • Real (adjective)

    used to emphasize the significance or seriousness of a situation

    "the competitive threat from overseas is very real"

    "there is a real danger of civil war"

  • Real (adjective)

    relating to something as it is, not merely as it may be described or distinguished

    "Locke's distinction between the real and nominal essence of substances"

  • Real (adjective)

    (of a thing) not imitation or artificial; genuine

    "the earring was presumably real gold"

  • Real (adjective)

    true or actual

    "this isn't my real reason for coming"

    "his real name is James"

  • Real (adjective)

    rightly so called; proper

    "he's my idea of a real man"

  • Real (adjective)

    complete; utter (used for emphasis)

    "the tour turned out to be a real disaster"

  • Real (adjective)

    adjusted for changes in the value of money; assessed by purchasing power

    "real incomes had fallen by 30 per cent"

    "an increase in real terms of 11.6 per cent"

  • Real (adjective)

    (of a number or quantity) having no imaginary part.

  • Real (adjective)

    (of an image) of a kind in which the light that forms it actually passes through it; not virtual.

  • Real (adverb)

    really; very

    "my head hurts real bad"

  • Real (noun)

    the basic monetary unit of Brazil since 1994, equal to 100 centavos.

  • Real (noun)

    a former coin and monetary unit of various Spanish-speaking countries.

Webster Dictionary

  • Reel (noun)

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

  • Reel (noun)

    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.

  • Reel (noun)

    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.

  • Reel (noun)

    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.

  • Reel (noun)

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

  • Reel

    To roll.

  • Reel

    To wind upon a reel, as yarn or thread.

  • Reel (verb)

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

  • Reel (verb)

    To have a whirling sensation; to be giddy.

  • Real (noun)

    A former small Spanish silver coin; also, a denomination of money of account, formerly the unit of the Spanish monetary system.

  • Real (noun)

    A realist.

  • Real (adjective)

    Royal; regal; kingly.

  • Real (adjective)

    Actually being or existing; not fictitious or imaginary; as, a description of real life.

  • Real (adjective)

    True; genuine; not artificial, counterfeit, or factitious; often opposed to ostensible; as, the real reason; real Madeira wine; real ginger.

  • Real (adjective)

    Relating to things, not to persons.

  • Real (adjective)

    Having an assignable arithmetical or numerical value or meaning; not imaginary.

  • Real (adjective)

    Pertaining to things fixed, permanent, or immovable, as to lands and tenements; as, real property, in distinction from personal or movable property.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Reel (noun)

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

  • Reel (noun)

    music composed for dancing a reel

  • Reel (noun)

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

  • Reel (noun)

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

  • Reel (noun)

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

  • Reel (noun)

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

  • Reel (verb)

    walk as if unable to control one's movements;

    "The drunken man staggered into the room"

  • Reel (verb)

    revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis;

    "The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy"

  • Reel (verb)

    wind onto or off a reel

  • Real (noun)

    any rational or irrational number

  • Real (noun)

    an old small silver Spanish coin

  • Real (adjective)

    being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory;

    "real objects"

    "real people; not ghosts"

    "a film based on real life"

    "a real illness"

    "real humility"

    "Life is real! Life is earnest!"

  • Real (adjective)

    no less than what is stated; worthy of the name;

    "the real reason"

    "real war"

    "a real friend"

    "a real woman"

    "meat and potatoes--I call that a real meal"

    "it's time he had a real job"

    "it's no penny-ante job--he's making real money"

  • Real (adjective)

    being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something;

    "her actual motive"

    "a literal solitude like a desert"

    "a genuine dilemma"

  • Real (adjective)

    not synthetic or spurious; of real or natural origin;

    "real mink"

    "true gold"

  • Real (adjective)

    not to be taken lightly;

    "statistics demonstrate that poverty and unemployment are very real problems"

    "to the man sleeping regularly in doorways homelessness is real"

  • Real (adjective)

    possible to be treated as fact;

    "tangible evidence"

    "his brief time as Prime Minister brought few real benefits to the poor"

  • Real (adjective)

    being value measured in terms of purchasing power;

    "real prices"

    "real income"

    "real wages"

  • Real (adjective)

    having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary;

    "the substantial world"

    "a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical"

    "most ponderous and substantial things"

  • Real (adjective)

    (of property) fixed or immovable;

    "real property consists of land and buildings; real estate"

  • Real (adjective)

    coinciding with reality;

    "perceptual error...has a surprising resemblance to veridical perception"

  • Real (adjective)

    founded on practical matters;

    "a recent graduate experiencing the real world for the first time"

  • Real (adverb)

    used as intensifiers; `real' is sometimes used informally for `really'; `rattling' is informal;

    "she was very gifted"

    "he played very well"

    "a really enjoyable evening"

    "I'm real sorry about it"

    "a rattling good yarn"

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