Translation of reel in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /riːl/


  • 1 1.1 (for wire, thread, tape) carrete (masculine), reel (masculine) (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) a cotton reel (British English/inglés británico) un carrete or (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) un carretel de hilo
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    • ‘I have to keep rolling the thread reels which keeps my elbows moving,’ he said.
    • She was given a button, a needle, a cotton reel and a choice of private places she could use to sew a button on in school.
    • One is quite tempted to ask the projectionist if he keeps switching reels from different films.
    1.2 (of film) rollo (masculine)
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    • Loose ends still abound in the final reel, leaving the film with a less than satisfying conclusion.
    • Despite noticeable speckles, nicks and the odd scratch, the first reel of the film looks quite good with excellent contrast and sharp images.
    • The eventual question is, to what lengths of madness will the obsessive Murnau go to complete the final reel of his masterwork?
    1.3 (fishing) carrete (masculine), carretel (masculine), reel (masculine) (River Plate area/Río de la Plata)
  • 2 (dance)[ baile de origen escocés ]
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    • As a young officer in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, he became adept at reels, strathspeys and sword dances.
    • Also on hand to entertain were young Irish dancers who performed reels, jigs and hornpipes.
    • Suzanne and her sister Ann-Marie danced jogs, reels and hornpipes, to the delight of everyone present.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1 1.1 (move unsteadily) tambalearse he came reeling out of the room salió de la habitación tambaleándose or dando tumbos she reeled back from the blow el golpe la echó hacia atrás 1.2 (feel impact) they were still reeling from the last price rise todavía no se habían recuperado del impacto de la última subida de precios 1.3
    (reeling present participle/participio presente)
    [motion/gait] tambaleante
  • 2 [room/walls] (move in circles) dar* vueltas my head was reeling todo me daba vueltas

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

Phrasal verbs

reel in

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[line] enrollar, recoger*; [fish] sacar* del agua enrollando el sedal

reel off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
recitar de un tirón

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.