spin

verb
\ ˈspin How to pronounce spin (audio) \
spun\ ˈspən How to pronounce spun (audio) \; spinning

Definition of spin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to draw out and twist fiber into yarn or thread
2 : to form a thread by extruding a viscous rapidly hardening fluid used especially of a spider or insect
3a : to revolve rapidly : gyrate
b : to feel as if in a whirl : reel my head is spinning
4 : to move swiftly especially on or as if on wheels or in a vehicle
5 : to fish with spinning bait : troll
6a of an airplane : to fall in a spin
b : to plunge helplessly and out of control
7 : to engage in spin control (as in politics)

transitive verb

1a : to draw out and twist into yarns or threads
b : to produce by drawing out and twisting a fibrous material
2 : to form (something, such as a web or cocoon) by spinning
3a : to stretch out or extend (something, such as a story) lengthily : protract usually used with out
b : to evolve, express, or fabricate by processes of mind or imagination spin a yarn
4 : to cause to whirl : impart spin to spin a top
5 : to shape into threadlike form in manufacture also : to manufacture by a whirling process
6 : to set (records or compact discs) rotating on a player : play spin some discs
7 : to present (information) with a particular spin spin the statistics
spin one's wheels
: to make futile efforts to achieve progress

spin

noun

Definition of spin (Entry 2 of 2)

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 spinning
c : an excursion or ride in a vehicle especially on wheels go for a spin
2a : an aerial maneuver or flight condition consisting of a combination of roll and yaw with the longitudinal axis of the airplane inclined steeply downward
b : a plunging descent or downward spiral
c : a state of mental confusion all in a spin
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 moment
b : 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
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

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Other Words from spin

Noun

spinless \ ˈspin-​ləs How to pronounce spinless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of spin in a Sentence

Verb

The car hit a patch of ice and spun into the wall. The children were spinning a top. I tried to stand up but the room was spinning. She spun the silk into thread. They spun the wool into yarn.

Noun

the direction of the Earth's spin The ice-skater executed graceful jumps and spins. A baseball thrown with spin is harder to hit. She put spin on the ball. The bowler put a sideways spin on the ball. Each author puts a new spin on the story. They claim to report the news with no spin. He took me for a spin in his new car. Would you like to go for a spin?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Several pieces were done in 100% African Wax—made from cottons grown, spun, and printed in Africa. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dior Jets to Marrakech for Resort 2020," 30 Apr. 2019 On Friday, Holmes took to Instagram to share a downright dreamy video of herself, spinning and generally being a whimsical, wonderful human, during a snow storm. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Shares the Most Gorgeous Slow-Motion Video of Herself in a Snow Storm," 16 Feb. 2019 Despite its opulence, the hotel is far from hushed: Friday and Saturday nights, a DJ in the lobby bar spins something funky, and on Sundays, live music from Park 75 restaurant can be heard throughout the main floor. Allison Weiss Entrekin, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Hotels in Atlanta," 27 July 2018 That’s average for a SATA SSD, but blows the speed of spinning hard drives out of the water. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Replace your slow hard drive with these $25 SSDs," 20 Sep. 2018 After spinning Camila around, Noah pulls her in close in a move that's convincingly realistic. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Camila Cabello and Noah Centineo Flirt HARD in Behind the Scenes Clip from "Havana" Music Video," 24 Aug. 2018 Those were the jarring, head-spinning television images that emerged from what will surely be remembered as one of the most memorable days of the Trump presidency. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "A Day of Jarring Images for President Trump," 27 Feb. 2019 Printed on Bella + Canvas 3001 unisex shirts in multiple colors and plenty of sizes (everything from S-4XL), our shirts are 100 percent combed and ring-spun cotton (except for heather, which contains some polyester). Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, "Caffeinate in style with an Ars Technica mug—now cheaper than ever," 12 Oct. 2018 Don’t get us wrong – our hopes for a Hunger Games prequel or spin-off series haven’t died yet, even if JLaw isn’t 100 percent on board. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "Where the "Hunger Games" Stars Are Today," 14 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Libra — Natasha Lyonne The Scales sign got a creative spin with Natasha Lyonne's outfit, which was the perfect balance of shoulders and blue and white. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "What Met Gala 2019 Outfit You Are According to Your Zodiac Sign," 7 May 2019 The 42-year-old Brad Holcman, who works at a New York television network by day and spins under the username #BradNeedsAbs, has quickly become one of the most recognizable figures in the world of stationary-bike maker Peloton. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Peloton Fitness Videos Have a New Feature: A Random Guy Named Brad," 6 May 2019 The Kit-Kat Duos Mint + Dark Chocolate is a fun spin on the beloved flavor combination of mint and chocolate. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "We Got an Exclusive First Taste of the New Kit-Kat Duos Mint + Dark Chocolate," 25 Apr. 2019 That means Daenerys doesn't have to deal with the violent side-to-side spins that most pro riders feel are the most difficult motion to overcome. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "'Game of Thrones' Science: Could a Person Ride a Dragon?," 15 Apr. 2019 The saga continues Total War's spin-off Saga series is neat in theory: A more constrained Total War experience, focusing on time periods or regions that wouldn’t necessarily have enough meat for a full-length game. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Diablo rises from the dead on GOG, Dead or Alive's $93 season pass, Halo on PC?," 8 Mar. 2019 Her beret and lace-up oxfords added an extra Parisian touch, and her small white circle bag added a playful spin to the ladylike ensemble. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Irina Shayk Looked So Chic in All-White Chanel for a Night Out with Bradley Cooper," 11 Feb. 2019 A month after Victorious ended, Ariana allegedly hopped on her ask.fm account (OMG, remember those?) to get the record straight as to why the show came to an end after one fan blamed Sam & Cat, her spin-off with Jennette McCurdy. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande and Victoria Justice's Alleged Feud And Where It All Began," 16 Apr. 2019 Wolfenstein: Youngblood, the co-op enabled spin-off to 2017’s Wolfenstein: The New Colossus, locked down a July 26 release date this week. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Free copies of Morrowind, Divinity: Original Sin 2 gets a tactics spinoff," 25 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of spin

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for spin

Verb

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

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spin

verb

English Language Learners Definition of spin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

spin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spin (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

spin

verb
\ ˈspin How to pronounce spin (audio) \
spun\ ˈspən \; spinning

Kids Definition of spin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to turn or cause to turn round and round rapidly : twirl He fell after spinning in circles.
2 : to make yarn or thread from (fibers) He spun the silk into thread.
3 : to make (yarn or thread) from fibers She was spinning yarn from wool.
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 : to feel as if in a whirl My head was spinning. The room was spinning.
6 : to make up and tell using the imagination I listened to him spin a tale.
7 : to move swiftly on wheels or in a vehicle The car spun away.
8 : to make, shape, or produce by or as if by whirling The woman spun sugar as a demonstration.

Other Words from spin

spinner \ ˈspi-​nər \ noun

spin

noun

Kids Definition of spin (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a rapid motion of turning around and around
2 : a short trip in or on a wheeled vehicle

spin

noun
\ ˈspin How to pronounce spin (audio) \

Medical Definition of spin

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 : 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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