any cylindrical piece or device on which something is wound.
a small cylindrical piece of wood or other material on which yarn is wound in spinning, for use in weaving; a bobbin.
a small cylinder of wood or other material on which thread, wire, or tape is wound, typically expanded or with a rim at each end and having a hole lengthwise through the center.
the material or quantity of material wound on such a device.
Angling. the cylindrical drum in a reel that bears the line.
to wind on a spool.
to unwind from a spool (usually followed by off or out).
Computers. to operate (an input/output device) by using buffers in main and secondary storage.
- spooler, noun
- spoollike, adjective
- un·spool, verb (used with object)
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How to use spool in a sentence
The yarn is carried from the spinners to the spoolers, and wound from bobbins to spools for convenience in handling.Making Both Ends Meet | Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
Soon after this, Mr. Anthony remarked that one of the "spoolers" was ill and there was no one to do her work.The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2) | Ida Husted Harper
Spoolers in 1871 received eighty-eight centimes as against one franc thirty centimes in 1891.Women Wage-Earners | Helen Campbell
Bunches can be made on spoolers by thread guides not being wide enough for the threads to pass through.Instruction book on ring spinning | Francis L. Lincoln
Heart disease is a frequent complaint amongst the older spoolers.The Woman Who Toils | Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
British Dictionary definitions for spool
a device around which magnetic tape, film, cotton, etc, can be automatically wound, with plates at top and bottom to prevent it from slipping off
anything round which other materials, esp thread, are wound
(sometimes foll by up) to wind or be wound onto a spool or reel
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Scientific definitions for spool
To store data that is sent to a device, such as a printer, in a buffer that the device reads. This procedure allows the program that sent the data to the device to resume its normal operation without waiting for the device to process the data.
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