reel off

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reel 1

1. A device, such as a cylinder, spool, or frame, that turns on an axis and is used for winding and storing rope, tape, film, or other flexible materials.
2. A cylindrical device attached to a fishing rod to let out or wind up the line.
3. The quantity of wire, film, or other material wound on one reel.
4. A set of curved lawnmower blades that rotate around a bar parallel to the ground, cutting grass while moving against a stationary straight blade.
tr.v. reeled, reel·ing, reels
1. To wind on or let out from a reel.
2. To recover by winding on a reel: reel in a large fish.
Phrasal Verb:
reel off
To recite fluently and usually at length: reeled off a long list of names and dates.

[Middle English, from Old English hrēol.]

reel′a·ble adj.

reel 2

v. reeled, reel·ing, reels
1. To be thrown off balance or fall back: reeled from the sharp blow.
2. To stagger, lurch, or sway, as from drunkenness: reeled down the alley.
3. To go round and round in a whirling motion: gulls reeling and diving.
4. To feel dizzy: My head reeled with the facts and figures.
To cause to reel.
1. A staggering, swaying, or whirling movement.
a. A moderately fast dance of Scottish origin.
b. The Virginia reel.
c. The music for one of these dances.

[Middle English relen, to whirl about, probably from reel, spool; see reel1.]

reel′er n.

reel 3

n. Maine
A handheld hammer used in a quarry for shaping granite blocks.

[Origin unknown.]

reel off

(tr, adverb) to recite or write fluently and without apparent effort: to reel off items on a list.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.reel off - unwind from or as if from a reelreel off - unwind from or as if from a reel; "unreel the tape"
reel - wind onto or off a reel
2.reel off - recite volubly or extravagantly; "He could recite the names of all the chemical elements"
recite - repeat aloud from memory; "she recited a poem"; "The pupil recited his lesson for the day"
يَتْلو قائِمَةً طَويلَه بدون تَوَقُّف
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w>reel off

vt sep listherunterrasseln (inf); names alsoherunterspulen (inf); (monotonously) → herunterleiern (inf); threadabwickeln, abspulen


(riːl) noun
1. a round wheel-shaped or cylindrical object of wood, metal etc on which thread, film, fishing-lines etc can be wound. a reel of sewing-cotton; He changed the reel in the projector.
2. (the music for) a type of lively Scottish, Irish or American dance. The fiddler played a reel; to dance a reel.
to stagger; to sway; to move in an unsteady way. The drunk man reeled along the road; My brain was reeling with all the information that he gave me.
reel in
to pull (eg a fish out of the water) by winding the line to which it is attached on to a reel.
reel off
to say or repeat quickly and easily, without pausing. He reeled off the list of names.
References in classic literature ?
Not until I had drunk a pint of it did the words begin to reel off, and the thousand were reeled off to the tune of numerous pints.
At some of the houses--where they can't possibly know me--I shan't be frightened, and I shall reel off the whole rigmarole, invalid, babe, and all.
Now be quiet, while I reel off my physiological lecture to you.
When reel off Eastenders storylines they she spoke sense for perhaps the first time ever.
And they had to do it the hard way, losing two of their three fixtures on the first day but bouncing back to reel off six victories on the second.