side·​spin | \ ˈsīd-ˌspin How to pronounce sidespin (audio) \

Definition of sidespin

: a rotary motion that causes a ball to revolve horizontally

Examples of sidespin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pitching with top, back, or sidespin—as a former baseball pitcher is likely to do when taking up Wiffle ball later in life—makes things even more interesting. Jenn Stroud Rossmann, The Atlantic, "The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball," 15 Sep. 2017 Noah shot midrange jumpers, each with his signature sidespin. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "Joakim Noah Gives Knicks Hope After Disappointing Start," 21 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of sidespin

1887, in the meaning defined above

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“Sidespin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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