- a spool on which film, especially motion-picture film, is wound.
- a roll of motion-picture film.
- a holder for roll film in a developing tank.
verb (used with object)
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Idioms for reel
- without pause; continuously.
- without delay or hesitation; immediately.
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OTHER WORDS FROM reelreel·a·ble, adjective
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The men cutting the reel aren’t satisfied because they can’t figure out why Kane’s last word was “Rosebud,” and they send a reporter to go figure it out by interviewing Kane’s former friends and associates.The tangled history behind David Fincher’s Mank — and its link to Citizen Kane — explained|Alissa Wilkinson|December 4, 2020|Vox
I compile a highlights reel featuring the moments in my life I hold most dear.Every Thanksgiving, my mental health strategy is recalling memorable, personal moments|Bob Brody|November 23, 2020|Washington Post
Much like the early-pandemic hit The Last Dance, about Michael Jordan’s run with the Chicago Bulls, Rising Phoenix appeals as a nonstop highlight reel.
If you’re new to fishing, you can find inexpensive spinning rod combos, which come with both the rod and reel and are easy for beginners to use.
Like the TikTok “For You Page,” the emphasis of Reels is to discover new content and users — including those owned by businesses — can opt to share their reel with the wider Instagram audience.‘Building up a community first’: Instagram Reels has little on offer for advertisers — for now|Lara O'Reilly|August 6, 2020|Digiday
Reel retraces his life and work with the spirit of curiosity and adventure that drove du Chaillu in the first place.
Rosenthal filmed the group as they went about their daily lives and pitched the reel to several networks.Push Girls on Sundance: Summer’s Most Surprising Show|Maria Elena Fernandez|May 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I felt like I was watching a reel of my own life—or at least my past—and I finished the entire season in one sitting.The Real 'Breaking Bad': Confessions of a Former Meth King|Mark Sullivan|July 17, 2011|DAILY BEAST
In fact, Sayles was a prize-winning fiction writer before he ever penned a screenplay or shot a reel of film.
Hollywood lost their reel queen last night after the premiere night of Burlesque.
Ben saw another instrument, a reel with a long line and a triangular piece of board at the end of it.Ben Hadden|W.H.G. Kingston
If you asked him who played Center for Boston in 1886 he could tell you quick—right off the Reel.Fables in Slang|George Ade
I struck at least a dozen times with all my might while the line was going off the reel.Tales of Fishes|Zane Grey
A Virginia reel was in full swing and the noise was terrible.The Orphan|Clarence E. Mulford
As well expect the man staggering to the outer edge of a precipice not to reel over.The Letter of the Contract|Basil King