• WordNet 3.6
    • n creel a wicker basket used by anglers to hold fish
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Creel (Spinning) A bar or set of bars with skewers for holding paying-off bobbins, as in the roving machine, throstle, and mule.
    • Creel An osier basket, such as anglers use.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n creel An osier basket or pannier. Specifically— A basket for carrying on the back or suspended from the shoulder: as, a fish-wife's creel; an angler's creel; a miner's creel.
    • n creel A basket or cage for catching lobsters or crabs.
    • n creel In angling, fish that are placed in a creel; the catch.
    • n creel In a spinning-machine, a framework for holding bobbins or spools.
    • n creel A kind of frame used for slaughtering sheep upon.
    • n creel Also crail.
    • creel In angling, to put into the creel; hence, to capture: as, he creeled fifty trout.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Creel kr─ôl a basket, esp. an angler's basket.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gael. craidhleag, basket, creel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Celt; cf. Old Ir. criol, a chest.


In literature:

On the beach were collected numbers of women and lads, with creels on their backs ready to be filled.
"Michael Penguyne" by William H. G. Kingston
GEORGY (motioning to his creel, and creeping softly up the bank, with rod lowered): Only a couple, and handsome fellows, too.
"Lines in Pleasant Places" by William Senior
Even Dick Creel, who had come to court that day, lapsed from virtue and fell a victim to the general hilarity.
"The Sheriffs Bluff" by Thomas Nelson Page
Bobbins held in place in creel by skewers.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
For this purpose the Strathspey lads got an old creel to put him in and some straw to light under it.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
As she considered the question, a shadow fell upon the sunlit lawn and looking up she saw Lisle approaching with a creel upon his back.
"The Long Portage" by Harold Bindloss
Creel's house and mine, wouldn't you have to baptize infants?
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
CREEL, OR CRUE, for fishing.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Paper bullets, according to Mr. Creel, won the war.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Ben Creel asked him if he didn't want to sell some of his Molly stock an' they all laffed.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn

In poetry:

And one with a hide
Like a patched-on sack
And two creels of turf
Upon its back;
"Asses" by Padraic Colum
When the creel o' herrin' passes,
Ladies, clad in silks and laces,
Gather in their braw pelisses,
Cast their heads, and screw their faces.
Wha'll buy my caller herrin',
New drawn frae the Forth?
"Caller Herrin'" by Carolina Oliphant
"I have Apollo on a horse, Minerva on a wheel,
Hercules going fishing with his basket and his creel.
A Mercury on roller-skates, Diana with a hat,
And Venus playing tennis with Achilles at the bat.
"Found Wanting" by Carolyn Wells
And his eyes were blue and sparkling as the water in the bay,
And he spoke in a voice that was pleasant and gay;
Then he took hold of the peat-creel as he spoke,
But Belle only laughed and considered it a joke.
"The Bonnie Lass o' Ruily" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then she glanced up at him shyly, while uneasy she did feel,
At the thought of having to hoist the peat-creel;
And she could see curly, fair hair beneath his cap,
Still, she thought to herself, he is a good-looking chap.
"The Bonnie Lass o' Ruily" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Barbara Rice, a yarn prep technician, operates a Creel machine at Secant Medical's plant in Quakertown during a visit last year by Gov Tom Corbett.
Barbara Rice, a yarn prep technician, operates a Creel machine at Secant Medical's new plant in Quakertown, Pa. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett toured the facility Monday.
Robert Hamilton Jr, caught a total of 21 bass weighing 59 pounds, 6 ounces, the third-highest Classic creel ever.
Kathryn Creel focuses on reading and language arts with 8th graders in the district's Aspire program.
And what's the creel limit on Loch Ness monsters.
Ashley Creel, of Little Italy, follows crochet directions from Melissa MacMichael, of Hampden, while Caitlin Cross-Barnet, of Tuscany-Canterbury, knits at at Lovelyarns store in Hampden.
Gavin Creel and Derrick Williams in the national touring company of " Book of Mormon ".
0 Phyre Hawkins, left, Gavin Creel and Jared Gertner in a scene from "The Book of Mormon ".
Creel and Gertner, now starring at the Pantages, will take their roles to London in February.
Phyre Hawkins, Gavin Creel, Jared Gertner, left to right, in a scene from "The Book of Mormon ".
Gavin Creel as Elder Kevin Price in "The Book Of Mormon ," at the Pantages Theater through Nov 25.
Phyre Hawkins, Gavin Creel and Jared Gertner in "The Book of Mormon .".
Parsnip, pear, red onion (Creel Films) / SF.
Golden beet soup with shiso and steelhead roe (Creel Films) / SF.
Todd Creel, owner and broker of Prospect Realty , has been helping to unite buyers and sellers throughout Telluride, Mountain Village and San Miguel County since 1987.