Definition of Spool

1. Noun. A winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound.

Exact synonyms: Bobbin, Reel
Specialized synonyms: Filature, Shuttle
Generic synonyms: Winder
Derivative terms: Reel

2. Verb. Transfer data intended for a peripheral device (usually a printer) into temporary storage.
Category relationships: Computer Science, Computing
Generic synonyms: Transfer

3. Verb. Wind onto a spool or a reel.
Generic synonyms: Roll, Twine, Wind, Wrap
Specialized synonyms: Cheese

Definition of Spool

1. n. A piece of cane or red with a knot at each end, or a hollow cylinder of wood with a ridge at each end, used to wind thread or yarn upon.

2. v. t. To wind on a spool or spools.

Definition of Spool

1. Noun. A device around which thread, wire or cable is wound, especially a cylinder or spindle. ¹

2. Noun. (computing) A temporary storage area for electronic mail, etc. ¹

3. Verb. To wind on a spool or spools. ¹

4. Verb. (computing) To send files to a device or a program (a spooler or a daemon that puts them in a queue for processing at a later time. ¹

5. Noun. A small swimming pool that can be used also as a spa. ¹

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Definition of Spool

1. to wind on a small cylinder [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Spool

1. A piece of cane or red with a knot at each end, or a hollow cylinder of wood with a ridge at each end, used to wind thread or yarn upon. Spool stand, an article holding spools of thread, turning on pins, used by women at their work. Origin: OE. Spole, OD. Spoele, D. Spoel; akin to G. Spule, OHG. Spuola, Dan. & Sw. Spole. (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spool

spooky PAC
spooky PACs
spooky action at a distance
spool (current term)
spool cannon
spool cannons

Literary usage of Spool

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1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1903)
"When the parts are in this relation, the opposite vertical movement of the two guides or shifters must evidently carry the spool carriers at one side of the ..."

2. The American Boys Handy Book by Daniel Carter Beard (1890)
"Put the wire through the spool, allowing about one inch to protrude at one end and about three inches at the opposite end. Wedge the wire in firmly by ..."

3. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1903)
""For the purpose of holding the spool-car- JJ rier frames temporarily in registration or • engagement with the rotating spindle'exten- sions, ..."

4. Knight's American Mechanical Dictionary: A Description of Tools, Instruments by Edward Henry Knight (1876)
"i ers have a gradually increasing length as the thread is built up against the conical ends of the spool. As each reel is tilled, the thread is broken and ..."

5. International Library of Technology: A Series of Textbooks for Persons by International Textbook Company (1906)
"For the third spool, take one end and skip nine. For the fourth spool, take one end and skip eight. For the fifth spool, take one end and skip seven. ..."

6. Poems of American History by Burton Egbert Stevenson (1908)
"A spool OF THREAD [March, 1861] of'61; And I'll relate the story, ... Then he tore away the label, and inside the spool of thread "There's some hidden ..."

7. The Silent Readers by William Dodge Lewis, Albert Lindsay Rowland (1920)
"Each shuttle contained a spool of silk of a different color from every other. ... Among the shuttles was a little one that carried a spool of blue thread. ..."

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