- 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.
- to wind.
- to unwind.
Origin of spool
Examples from the Web for spooling
Contemporary Examples of spooling
And then spooling that back, right to the beginning and have her be in on the deception.Nick Hornby's Oscar Insta-Buzz
October 9, 2009
Historical Examples of spooling
It is useless to advance the plea that spooling is not difficult.
But minutes after she had gone Steve looked up from a line he was spooling.Then I'll Come Back to You
Uniform circular into uniform rectilinear motion; used in spooling frames for leading or guiding the thread on to the spools.The Library of Work and Play: Mechanics, Indoors and Out
Fred T. Hodgson
Spooling is not disagreeable, and the room is the quietest part of the mill—noisy enough, but calm compared to the others.
The little girl who teaches me spooling is fresh and cheerful and jolly; I grant her all this.
- 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
Word Origin for spool
early 14c., from Old North French spole, espole "a spool" (13c.), from Middle Dutch spoele "a spool," from Proto-Germanic *spolon (cf. Norwegian and Swedish spole, Old High German spuola, German Spule), from PIE root *spel- "to cleave, split" (see spoil).
c.1600, from spool (n.). Related: Spooled; spooling.
- 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.