spool

Definitions

General English

Aviation

Computing

  • noun a reel on which a tape or printer ribbon is wound
  • verb to transfer data from a disk to a tape

Electronics

  • An object, usually with a circular cross section, around which something is rolled or wound. For example, a reel upon which a magnetic tape, film, wire, cable, or other flexible material is wound. Also called reel (1).
  • A spool (1) including that which is wrapped around it. Also called reel (3).
  • To place a document or data in a spooler (2).
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