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.]
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reel off

(tr, adverb) to recite or write fluently and without apparent effort: to reel off items on a list.
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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"
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يَتْلو قائِمَةً طَويلَه بدون تَوَقُّف
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vt sep listherunterrasseln (inf); names alsoherunterspulen (inf); (monotonously) → herunterleiern (inf); threadabwickeln, abspulen
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(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.
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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."
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