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American English: /ril/
British English: /riːl/

Translation of reel in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (for wire, thread, tape)
    reel (masculine) (Río de la Plata)
    a cotton reel (British)
    un carretel de hilo (Río de la Plata)
    Example sentences
    • ‘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)
    Example sentences
    • 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)
    reel (masculine) (Río de la Plata)
  • 2 (dance)
    (baile de origen escocés)
    Example sentences
    • 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

  • 1 1.1 (move unsteadily) 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
    Example sentences
    • ‘It is humiliating to see people reeling around dead drunk on a Friday or Saturday night,’ she says.
    • Diners are discreetly shielded from the gaze of drinkers reeling past outside by the kind of blinds you often find on Greek or Italian restaurants.
    • Danny was downbeat and self-absorbed, reeling from one personal incident to the next like a ship without a compass, and his friends were a mixed bunch of dipsomaniacs and egotists.
    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
    also: reeling present participle
  • 2
    (room/walls) (move in circles) dar vueltas
    my head was reeling
    todo me daba vueltas

transitive verb

Phrasal verbs

reel in

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
sacar del agua enrollando el sedal

reel off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
recitar de un tirón
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