- 1[transitive] spool something + adv./prep. to wind something onto or off a spool
- 2[transitive, intransitive] spool (something) (computing) to move data and store it for a short time, for example on a disk, especially before it is printed Word Origin Middle English (denoting a spool for thread): shortening of Old French espole or from Middle Low German spōle, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch spoel and German Spule. The verb dates from the early 17th cent.
BrE BrE//spuːl//; NAmE NAmE//spuːl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spool
BrE BrE//spuːl//; NAmE NAmE//spuːl//he / she / it spools
BrE BrE//spuːlz//; NAmE NAmE//spuːlz//past simple spooled
BrE BrE//spuːld//; NAmE NAmE//spuːld//past participle spooled
BrE BrE//spuːld//; NAmE NAmE//spuːld//-ing form spooling
BrE BrE//ˈspuːlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈspuːlɪŋ//