spool n : a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound [syn: bobbin, reel]
1 transfer data intended for a peripheral device (usually a printer) into temporary storage
2 wind onto a spool or a reel
- Rhymes: -uːl
- : To send files to some device or program (a "spooler" or demon) that puts them in a queue for later processing of some kind. Without qualification, the spooler is the "print spooler" controlling output of jobs to a printer; but the term has been used in connection with other peripherals (especially plotters and graphics devices) and occasionally even for input devices.
Spool can mean one of the following:
- Spool, an unflanged plastic cylindrical hub on which magnetic tape is wound in a compact cassette.
- Spool, a usually low-flanged or unflanged cylinder on which thread, wire, cable, paper, or film is wound for distribution and use.
- Bobbin, a cylinder or reel on which a quantity of thread, yarn or wire is wound for use in a particular machine or device.
- Spooling, a physical or metaphorical data storage device in computing.
- Spool, a shaft of a gas turbine engine. Spooling up usually refers to a jet engine spinning up.
- Spool, a large spa/small pool (an insulated inground small pool with spa jets built-in, named by Insulated Water Structures).
- Spool, a verb used to describe a turbocharger or supercharger on a car engine beginning to spin and deliver power.
- Spool, a term for a solid axle, one which does not have a differential to allow a wheel speed difference from side to side.
spool in Danish: Spole
spool in German: Spule
spool in Japanese: スプール