• WordNet 3.6
    • v spool wind onto a spool or a reel
    • v spool transfer data intended for a peripheral device (usually a printer) into temporary storage
    • n spool a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spool A piece of cane or reed 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.
    • v. t Spool To wind on a spool or spools.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spool A small cylinder of wood or other material (with a projecting disk at each end), upon which thread or yarn is wound; a reel.
    • n spool The revolving metal shaft of an anglers′ reel, upon which the fishing-line is wound. See cut under reel.
    • spool To wind on a spool.
    • n spool In electricity, the reel or bobbin upon which a resistance coil, magnet coil, or sometimes the field coil of a generator or motor is wound.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spool spōōl a hollow cylinder for winding yarn, &c., upon
    • v.t Spool to wind on spools
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. spole, OD. spoele, D. spoel,; akin to G. spule, OHG. spuola, Dan. & Sw. spole,


In literature:

It must be put upon spools before it can be warped.
"The Fabric of Civilization" by Anonymous
The base of the gun is formed by cutting a thread-spool in half.
"Boys' Book of Model Boats" by Raymond Francis Yates
A spool fell to the floor, unwinding a black ribbon.
"The Gun" by Philip K. Dick
In a vault near that of Kilor's there is a great spool of it.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
This will also make the spool slide easily.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
A large spool that she had wound with colored silk slipped from her lap, and rolled toward Floretta.
"Dorothy Dainty at the Mountains" by Amy Brooks
While changing my spool, I settled down in the bottom of the car and reloaded my camera, eight thousand feet above the earth.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
She would not have intrusted him with the buying of a spool of thread; but that was different.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
The scissors fell from her lap, and her spool trundled off across the porch.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
The spools need not be very expensive for you do not need carefully adjusted resistances.
"Letters of a Radio-Engineer to His Son" by John Mills
An open work-box held dust-covered spools.
"The Boarded-Up House" by Augusta Huiell Seaman
How those spools hum, how feverish is the unrest in them.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
Well, here, take this fine spool o' black linen an' a needle to fit.
"A Sunny Little Lass" by Evelyn Raymond
This particular one was no larger than a spool of thread, but it would actuate control tabs on the wings of Pegasus.
"The Scarlet Lake Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
If desired they can be wound on spools, or around the tops of the rods, to prevent tangling.
"Hand-Loom Weaving" by Mattie Phipps Todd
Just as I got to feel I had somethin' ahead come that spool-factory business.
"Strangers and Wayfarers" by Sarah Orne Jewett
The spools had large, clear numbers on them.
"The Old Die Rich" by Horace Leonard Gold
It will record for an hour on a single spool.
"The Pirates of Shan" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Lenka always worked industriously and usually filled two or three spools.
"Czechoslovak Fairy Tales" by Parker Fillmore
A thread passed from the drawing rollers, outside the cup, to a spool.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 5" by Various

In poetry:

"Her mother, the Spool, was a dull old fool,
And the Needle and Thread were shy;
The result you see came all through me,
I taught her to catch his eye."
"The Needle and Thread" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
On the porch, green-shuttered, cool,
Asleep is Bertram that bronze boy,
Who, having wound her around a spool,
Sends her spinning like a toy
Out to the garden, all alone,
To sit and weep on a bench of stone.
"In Bertram's Garden" by Donald Justice
Make me, O Lord, Thy spinning-wheel complete.
Thy holy word my distaff make for me.
Make mine affections Thy swift flyers neat
And make my soul Thy holy spool to be.
My conversation make to be Thy reel
And reel thy yarn thereon spun of Thy wheel.
"Huswifery" by Edward Taylor

In news:

Colorful spools of thread are among Smokey Kendig's sewing supplies.
How to Get Spool 's Features on Your iPhone with Pocket.
User interface expert Jared Spool shares three sure-fire indicators users are lost on your site.
I had some French knitting spools as a child.
My first one was handmade, out of my grandmother's empty thread spool and some nails.
Here are some vintage instructions about how to knit with your spool .
Bring the whole family for an "Up Past Bedtime Movie" presentation of The Tale of Despereaux – the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread.
Make a Wooden Spool Knife Holder.
AGCO's new Giant Baler Twine Spools reduce the number of times you have to stop and refill twine on large square balers.
Via Ari Spool of Impose mag.
The plastic inserts in the new chests will accommodate the former spools and barrel spools, in addition to the MSCs.
For easy access when you're wrapping, slide spools of ribbon with at least a one-inch diameter opening onto the towel stand's post.
There are a lot of indie-pop guys out there spooling out sad synth goo.
Acoustic or RF telemetry, fiber-optic or copper spools at the launcher and on the PIG are just a few examples of how data can be transported in real time .
Start with a wire wreath frame and a spool of 22-gauge wire, both available at craft stores.

In science:

The interaction of each particle is simulated and the resulting detectable events are spooled to log files.
Simulation of Cosmogenic Neutrino Spectra with the GZKFast Event Generator
Furthermore, the birefringence, and consequently the polarization, in the installed fibre typically varied ten times slower than a laboratory fibre spool of equivalent length, facilitating the compensation of drifts of this nature.
Field test of a continuous-variable quantum key distribution prototype
Jobs, submitted to the CODINE system, are forwarded to the CODINE master daemon and then spooled to disk.
Cluster Computing White Paper
Paul Tapster and John Rarity from DERA working with Paul Townsend were the first ones to test this system over a fiber optic spool of 10 kilometers (1993a and 1993b).
Quantum Cryptography
The non-diverted light propagates then through an attenuator and a optical delay line – consisting simply of an optical fiber spool – whose role will be explained later.
Quantum Cryptography
Alice stores these trains in her optical delay line, which consists of an optical fiber spool.
Quantum Cryptography
They tested their set-up on a 10 km long optical fiber spool.
Quantum Cryptography
They performed key distribution over a 20 km long single-mode optical fiber spool, recording a QBERopt contribution of approximately 4%.
Quantum Cryptography
We demonstrated QC over a transmission distance of 8.5 km in a laboratory setting using a fiber on a spool and generated several Mbits of key in hour long sessions.
Quantum Cryptography
Spooled = ((m − 1)SX + (n − 1)SY )/(m + n − 2), ¯Xm , ¯Yn , SX and SY are sample means and covariance matrices and χ2 r (d) is the rth quantile of the chi-square distribution with d degrees of freedom.
On the limiting distributions of multivariate depth-based rank sum statistics and related tests
Heterochromatin refers to condensed domains where the nucleosomes, with DNA spooled around, are packed into higher order structures.
Epigenetic Chromatin Silencing: Bistability and Front Propagation
Spool J, Schroeder W. Testing Web sites: five users is nowhere near enough. In: Proceedings of the Conference extended abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI'2001.
Usability testing: a review of some methodological and technical aspects of the method
Both samples were cut from the same spool and the self-field Ic at 77 K as well as the homogeneity of the #2-samples were checked before the irradiation by four point measurements and magnetoscans, respectively.
Stress dependence of the critical currents in neutron irradiated (RE)BCO coated conductors
Furthermore, shorter reference samples of 26 mm length from the same spools were irradiated in the same capsule for measurements of the irreversibility line.
Stress dependence of the critical currents in neutron irradiated (RE)BCO coated conductors
However, it contrasts with ours as both analyzers where sitting next to the source, one connected with a 4.3 km fiber on a spool, while the other analyzer was directly connected to the source.
Long-distance Bell-type tests using energy-time entangled photons