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spin

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verb \ˈspin\

Simple Definition of spin

  • : to turn or cause someone or something to turn around repeatedly

  • : to seem to be moving around in a way that makes you feel dizzy or sick

  • : to draw out and twist fibers of cotton, wool, silk, etc., into yarn or thread

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of spin

spun

play \ˈspən\

spinning

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to draw out and twist fiber into yarn or thread

  3. 2 :  to form a thread by extruding a viscous rapidly hardening fluid —used especially of a spider or insect

  4. 3a :  to revolve rapidly :  gyrateb :  to feel as if in a whirl :  reel <my head is spinning>

  5. 4 :  to move swiftly especially on or as if on wheels or in a vehicle

  6. 5 :  to fish with spinning bait :  troll

  7. 6a of an airplane :  to fall in a spinb :  to plunge helplessly and out of control

  8. 7 :  to engage in spin control (as in politics)

  9. transitive verb
  10. 1a :  to draw out and twist into yarns or threadsb :  to produce by drawing out and twisting a fibrous material

  11. 2 :  to form (as a web or cocoon) by spinning

  12. 3a :  to stretch out or extend (as a story) lengthily :  protract —usually used with outb :  to evolve, express, or fabricate by processes of mind or imagination <spin a yarn>

  13. 4 :  to cause to whirl :  impart spin to <spin a top>

  14. 5 :  to shape into threadlike form in manufacture; also :  to manufacture by a whirling process

  15. 6 :  to set (records or compact discs) rotating on a player :  play <spin some discs>

  16. 7 :  to present (as information) with a particular spin <spin the statistics>

spin one's wheels

  1. :  to make futile efforts to achieve progress

Examples of spin in a sentence

  1. The car hit a patch of ice and spun into the wall.

  2. The children were spinning a top.

  3. I tried to stand up but the room was spinning.

  4. She spun the silk into thread.

  5. They spun the wool into yarn.



Origin and Etymology of spin

Middle English spinnen, from Old English spinnan; akin to Old High German spinnan to spin and perhaps to Lithuanian spęsti to set (a trap)


First Known Use: before 12th century


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spin

noun

Simple Definition of spin

  • : the act of turning around and around : an act of spinning

  • : a rapid turning motion given to a ball by someone who throws or hits it

  • : a certain way of describing or talking about something that is meant to influence other people's opinion of it

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of spin

  1. 1a :  the act of spinning or twirling something; also :  an instance of spinning or of spinning something <doing axels and spins> <an assortment of spins and lobs>b :  the whirling motion imparted (as to a ball or top) by spinningc :  an excursion or ride in a vehicle especially on wheels <go for a spin>

  2. 2a :  an aerial maneuver or flight condition consisting of a combination of roll and yaw with the longitudinal axis of the airplane inclined steeply downwardb :  a plunging descent or downward spiralc :  a state of mental confusion <all in a spin>

  3. 3a :  a quantum characteristic of an elementary particle that is visualized as the rotation of the particle on its axis and that is responsible for measurable angular momentum and magnetic momentb :  the angular momentum associated with such rotation whose magnitude is quantized and which may assume either of two possible directions; also :  the angular momentum of a system of such particles derived from the spins and orbital motions of the particles

  4. 4a :  a usually ingenious twist <puts an Asian spin on the pasta dishes>b (1) :  a special point of view, emphasis, or interpretation presented for the purpose of influencing opinion <put the most favorable spin on the findings> (2) :  spin control

spinless

play \ˈspin-ləs\ adjective

Examples of spin in a sentence

  1. the direction of the Earth's spin

  2. The ice-skater executed graceful jumps and spins.

  3. A baseball thrown with spin is harder to hit.

  4. She put spin on the ball.

  5. The bowler put a sideways spin on the ball.

  6. Each author puts a new spin on the story.

  7. They claim to report the news with no spin.

  8. He took me for a spin in his new car.

  9. Would you like to go for a spin?



1831

First Known Use of spin

1831

Other Aeronautics/Aerospace Terms



SPIN Defined for Kids

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spin

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verb \ˈspin\

Definition of spin for Students

spun

\ˈspən\

spinning

  1. 1 :  to turn or cause to turn round and round rapidly :  twirl <He fell after spinning in circles.>

  2. 2 :  to make yarn or thread from (fibers) <He spun the silk into thread.>

  3. 3 :  to make (yarn or thread) from fibers <She was spinning yarn from wool.>

  4. 4 :  to form threads or a web or cocoon by giving off a sticky fluid that quickly hardens <A spider was spinning its web.>

  5. 5 :  to feel as if in a whirl <My head was spinning.> <The room was spinning.>

  6. 6 :  to make up and tell using the imagination <I listened to him spin a tale.>

  7. 7 :  to move swiftly on wheels or in a vehicle <The car spun away.>

  8. 8 :  to make, shape, or produce by or as if by whirling <The woman spun sugar as a demonstration.>

spinner

\ˈspi-nər\ noun



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spin

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noun

Definition of spin for Students

  1. 1 :  a rapid motion of turning around and around

  2. 2 :  a short trip in or on a wheeled vehicle




Medical Dictionary

spin

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noun \ˈspin\

Medical Definition of spin

  1. 1:  a quantum characteristic of an elementary particle that is visualized as the rotation of the particle on its axis and that is responsible for measurable angular momentum and magnetic moment

  2. 2:  the angular momentum which is associated with spin, whose magnitude is quantized, and which may assume either of two possible directions; also :  the angular momentum of a system of elementary particles derived from their spins and orbital motions—see spin echo, spin label





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