side·​spin ˈsīd-ˌspin How to pronounce sidespin (audio)
: a rotary motion that causes a ball to revolve horizontally

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The sidespin carried the ball directly into the cup on a single bounce. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Jan. 2023 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, 15 Sep. 2017 Noah shot midrange jumpers, each with his signature sidespin. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, 21 Dec. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sidespin was in 1887

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Cite this Entry

“Sidespin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


side·​spin -ˌspin How to pronounce sidespin (audio)
: motion that causes a ball to spin sideways
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