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  1. a person or thing that reels.
  2. a machine for burnishing the exterior and interior of seamless tubing.
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Origin of reeler

First recorded in 1590–1600; reel1 + -er1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for reeler

Historical Examples

  • The reeler begins to wind where the end of the filament becomes strong.

    The Story of Silk

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • She saw what it meant to be a doffer, a reeler, a silk-twister.

    The Turn of the Tide

    Eleanor H. Porter

  • It is at this moment that the real difficulties of the reeler begin.

  • So the reeler keeps adding fresh fibres, being careful always that his thread is running uniform all the time.

    The Story of Silk

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • It is, therefore, quite a hopeless task to reel silk unless the reeler is skilled.