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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Reel

REEL, noun [See reel to stagger.]

1. A frame or machine turning on an axis, and on which yarn is extended for winding, either into skeins, or from skeins on to spools and quills. On a reel also seamen wind their log-lines, etc.

2. A kind of dance.

REEL, verb transitive To gather yarn from the spindle.

REEL, verb intransitive

To stagger; to incline or move in walking, first to one side and then to the other; to vacillate.

He with heavy fumes opprest, reel'd from the palace and retir'd to rest.

They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man.

Psalms 107:27.