Spool vs. Reel - 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

  • Spool (noun)

    A device around which thread, wire or cable is wound, especially a cylinder or spindle.

  • Spool (noun)

    A temporary storage area for electronic mail, etc.

  • Spool (noun)

    A small swimming pool that can be used also as a spa.

  • Spool (verb)

    To wind on a spool or spools.

  • Spool (verb)

    To send files to a device or a program (a spooler or a daemon that puts them in a queue for processing at a later time).

  • 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.

Webster Dictionary

  • Spool (noun)

    A piece of cane or reed with a knot at each end, or a hollow cylinder of wood with a ridge at each end, used to wind thread or yarn upon.

  • Spool

    To wind on a spool or spools.

  • 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.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Spool (noun)

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

  • Spool (verb)

    transfer data intended for a peripheral device (usually a printer) into temporary storage

  • Spool (verb)

    wind onto a spool or a reel

  • 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

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