- 1A cylindrical device on which film, magnetic tape, thread, or other flexible materials can be wound; a reel: spools of electrical cableMore example sentences
- As it turns, the moulin draws the warp threads from another device that holds a row of spools, the separate threads coming together into a single skein as they are wound onto the frame.
- Startlingly, her creative materials include marker caps, spools of thread, tacks, stickers, and pipe cleaners.
- The expatriate's urban cityscape is assembled from large spools of colored thread, empty liquor bottles, and toy cars.
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- 1 [with object] Wind (magnetic tape or thread) onto a spool: he was trying to spool his tapes back into the cassettes with a pencil eraserMore example sentences
- Tapes with dual-reel cartridges eliminate the need for spooling the tape into the drive and cut the time to access data dramatically.
- 1.1 [no object] Be wound on or off a spool: the plastic reel allows the line to run free as it spools outMore example sentences
- He looked from his subject to the plastic window of the cassette recorder where the tape spooled.
- Like a movie reel spooling back on itself the Irish piled back into their wagon, and with a newly elected driver turned her round and trudged back up the slope and out of the valley.
- Concentrating, he could hear the tape spooling.
- 2 [no object] (Of an engine) increase its speed of rotation, typically to that required for operation: a jet engine can take up to six seconds to spool upMore example sentences
- I jammed the throttles up, but the engines barely spooled up before I throttled back per my director's signal.
- The No.1 engine spooled up slower than the other three, which required a small nosewheel-steering input to maintain centerline.
- The helicopter rattled a bit, the engine spooled back up, and Nr rapidly rose to 100 percent.
Middle English (denoting a cylinder onto which spun thread is wound): shortening of Old French espole or from Middle Low German spōle, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch spoel and German Spule. The verb dates from the early 17th century.
verb[with object] Computing
- Send (data that is intended for printing or processing on a peripheral device) to an intermediate store: users can set which folder they wish to spool files toMore example sentences
- This keeps heavy print traffic off the network and allows commonly-used forms, fonts and signatures to be stored on the printer, so they don't have to be spooled across the network.
acronym from simultaneous peripheral operation online.