Part of speech: noun

A small cylinder upon which thread or the like may be wound.

Part of speech: noun

The quantity of thread held by a spool.

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Usage examples "spool":

  1. Bottom takes his name from the wooden reel or spool on which thread is wound; " bottom" simply meaning the base or foundation of the reel. - "The Sources and Analogues of 'A Midsummer-night's Dream'", Compiled by Frank Sidgwick.
  2. Scamper and Uncle Squeaky hauled the cart with its four stout spool wheels. - "Grand-Daddy Whiskers, M.D.", Nellie M. Leonard.
  3. He had also provided, for some reason or other, eight small glass cups, into which he placed the legs of the two tables, and in a business- like manner he set out on the large stand a piece of white paper, a pencil, and a spool of black thread. - "Sight Unseen", Mary Roberts Rinehart.