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spool



Pronunciation: (spOOl), [key]
n.
1. any cylindrical piece or device on which something is wound.
2. a small cylindrical piece of wood or other material on which yarn is wound in spinning, for use in weaving; a bobbin.
3. a small cylinder of wood or other material on which thread, wire, or tape is wound, typically expanded or with a rim at each end and having a hole lengthwise through the center.
4. the material or quantity of material wound on such a device.
5. Angling.the cylindrical drum in a reel that bears the line.

v.t.
1. to wind on a spool.
2. to unwind from a spool (usually fol. by off or out).
3. Computers.to operate (an input/output device) by using buffers in main and secondary storage.

v.i.
1. to wind.
2. to unwind.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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