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Synonyms for reel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reel(noun)

    a roll of photographic film holding a series of frames to be projected by a movie projector

    spool, bobbin

  2. reel(noun)

    music composed for dancing a reel

    spool, bobbin

  3. reel(noun)

    winder consisting of a revolving spool with a handle; attached to a fishing rod

    spool, bobbin

  4. bobbin, spool, reel(noun)

    a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound

    spool, bobbin

  5. reel, Scottish reel(noun)

    a lively dance of Scottish Highlanders; marked by circular moves and gliding steps

    spool, bobbin

  6. Virginia reel, reel(verb)

    an American country dance which starts with the couples facing each other in two lines

    spool, bobbin

  7. stagger, reel, keel, lurch, swag, careen(verb)

    walk as if unable to control one's movements

    "The drunken man staggered into the room"

    stagger, pitch, spin around, keel, careen, gyrate, spin, droop, swag, tilt, shift, skunk, wobble, whirl, distribute, lurch, flag, prowl, sag, flounder

  8. spin, spin around, whirl, reel, gyrate(verb)

    revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis

    "The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy"

    stagger, coil, whirl around, spin around, keel, lurch, gyrate, spin, swag, swirl, spiral, spin out, careen, eddy, whirl, twirl, whirlpool, twiddle, purl, birl, tumble

  9. reel(verb)

    wind onto or off a reel

    stagger, lurch, whirl, swag, careen, spin, gyrate, keel, spin around

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. reel

    A thing is shaken which is subjected to short and abruptly checked movements, as forward and backward, up and down, from side to side, etc. A tree is "shaken with a mighty wind;" a man slowly shakes his head. A thing rocks that is sustained from below; it swings if suspended from above, as a pendulum, or pivoted at the side, as a crane or a bridge-draw; to oscillate is to swing with a smooth and regular returning motion; a vibrating motion may be tremulous or jarring. The pendulum of a clock may be said to swing, vibrate, or oscillate; a steel bridge vibrates under the passage of a heavy train; the term vibrate is also applied to molecular movements. Jolting is a lifting from and letting down suddenly upon an unyielding surface; as, a carriage jolts over a rough road. A jarring motion is abruptly and very rapidly repeated through an exceedingly limited space; the jolting of the carriage jars the windows. Rattling refers directly to the sound produced by shaking. To joggle is to shake slightly; as, a passing touch joggles the desk on which one is writing. A thing trembles that shakes perceptibly and with an appearance of uncertainty and instability, as a person under the influence of fear; a thing shivers when all its particles are stirred with a slight but pervading tremulous motion, as a human body under the influence of cold; shuddering is a more pronounced movement of a similar kind, in human beings often the effect of emotional or moral recoil; hence, the word is applied by extension to such feelings even when they have no such outward manifestation; as, one says, "I shudder at the thought." To quiver is to have slight and often spasmodic contractile motions, as the flesh under the surgeon's knife. Thrill is applied to a pervasive movement felt rather than seen; as, the nerves thrill with delight; quiver is similarly used, but suggests somewhat more of outward manifestation. To agitate in its literal use is nearly the same as to shake, tho we speak of the sea as agitated when we could not say it is shaken; the Latin agitate is preferred in scientific or technical use to the Saxon shake, and especially as applied to the action of mechanical contrivances; in the metaphorical use agitate is more transitory and superficial, shake more fundamental and enduring; a person's feelings are agitated by distressing news; his courage, his faith, his credit, or his testimony is shaken. Sway applies to the movement of a body suspended from above or not firmly sustained from below, and the motion of which is less pronounced than swinging, smoother than vibrating, and not necessarily constant as oscillating; as, the swaying of a reed in the wind. Sway used transitively especially applies to motions of grace or dignity; brandish denotes a threatening or hostile motion; a monarch sways the scepter; the ruffian brandishes a club. To reel or totter always implies liability to fall; reeling is more violent than swaying, tottering more irregular; a drunken man reels; we speak of the tottering step of age or infancy. An extended mass which seems to lack solidity or cohesion is said to quake; as, a quaking bog. Quaver is applied almost exclusively to tremulous sounds of the human voice. Flap, flutter, and fluctuate refer to wave-like movements, flap generally to such as produce a sharp sound; a cock flaps his wings; flutter applies to a less pronounced and more irregular motion; a captive bird or a feeble pulse flutters. Compare FLUCTUATE.

    agitate, brandish, flap, fluctuate, flutter, jar, joggle, jolt, jounce, oscillate, quake, quaver, quiver, rock, shake, shiver, shudder, sway, swing, thrill, totter, tremble, vibrate, wave, waver

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. reel

    totter, stagger, falter

    stand firm, stand steady

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. reel(v. n.)

    totter, stagger, falter

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. reel(v)


PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "reel":

    spool, coil, reels, dispenser

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How to use reel in a sentence?

  1. Anuj Somany:

    When a male actor plays the villainous character in reel life, he might be a relatively good person in real life; but if an actress plays a negative shade in movie , then she might have got her that role just because of someone probably the producer or director.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Solvent dans la vie, vous avez à travailler sur les deux fronts, traiter objectivement des locaux diamétralement opposés, puis arriver à la meilleure solution. l'ouverture d'esprit vous permet d'être un réaliste qui est également optimiste à cœur. Aussi étrange que cela puisse paraître, vous espérez pour le mieux, et attendent aussi le pire dans le même temps. Vous opérez dans le monde réel avec la meilleure attitude positive, tout en comprenant parfaitement bien ce qui est pratiquement possible dans une situation donnée. Cette combinaison synergique d'optimisme réaliste (ou réalisme optimiste) peut vous aider à faire face à des problèmes d'une manière efficace et positive, à mon avis, surtout pendant les phases difficiles dans la vie.

  3. Yuby Hernandez:

    You could get a movie, two or three serials, six cartoons, a news reel, and a ticket for a raffle all for twenty-five cents.

  4. Derrick Keeny:

    I put hooks in the fish, and when I put hooks in the fish, it started tearing line off the reel.

  5. Andrew Wilkinson:

    There's a growing acceptance that the Fed will raise interest rates possibly as soon as June, and people continue to reel in shock as to how far the ECB is likely to remain at zero, in the meantime, on the back of a big fall, for stocks it looks like people are regrouping again today.

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Translations for reel

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  • макараBulgarian
  • vakle, rulle, vinde, hjul, tromle, slingre, spole, trisse, reel, raveDanish
  • Spule, taumeln, HaspelGerman
  • μπομπίνα, καρούλιGreek
  • carrete, enrollarSpanish
  • horjua, kela, rulla, pyörittää, kelata, horjuttaa, keriä, horjahtaa, laonnostokela, pyöriä, rullataFinnish
  • embobiner, enrouleur, tituber, reel, bobine, enroulerFrench
  • ruidhleScottish Gaelic
  • letekerHungarian
  • կոճArmenian
  • takatakaiMāori
  • vakleNorwegian
  • руле́тка, рил, спотыка́ться, верте́ться, шпу́лька, кабеста́н, верте́ть, намота́ть, кружи́ться, кату́шка, во́рот, кружи́ть, нама́тывать, боби́на, шата́ться, [[идти́]] [[шататься, бараба́нRussian
  • spola, reel, rulla, rulle, vacklaSwedish
  • 卷轴Chinese

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