\rē(ә)l\ n [ME, fr. OE hrēol; akin to ON hrœll weaver’s reed, Gk krekein to weave] (before 12c) (1) A revolving frame on which yarn is wound to form hanks or skeins. (2) The frame on which silk is wound from the cocoon. (3) A linen yarn measure of 72,000 yards. (4) The large wheel in a horizontal warper onto which the warp sections are wound in the indirect system of warping. (5) A spool of large capacity used to wind yarn or wire.