spin

verb
\ ˈspin \
spun\ ˈspən \; 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 \ 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

There’s always the hope that reasoned people will listen to both sides of an argument' - Judge Judy Ford has agreed to testify, as has Kavanaugh, and Judge Judy seems to think that’s the best thing for the wheels of justice to keep spinning. Fox News, "Judge Judy on Brett Kavanaugh confirmation: 'They're supposed to listen to evidence'," 24 Sep. 2018 Menswear and womenswear are being presented together on the runways, brands are questioning the very notion of seasons (hello, Moncler), and the designer revolving door keeps spinning. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Top Trends of Fall 2018: The Women’s and Men’s Edition," 27 Aug. 2018 Congratulations on your 5th, honoured to share my 4th birthday with you x x pic.twitter.com/C5uuskM9S0 — florence welch (@flo_tweet) June 29, 2018 Drake might be a solar eclipse — a supernova, honestly — but trust: the world keeps spinning. refinery29.com, "Love It Or Hate It, You Listened: Drake Broke All The Streaming Records With Scorpion," 1 July 2018 The men took the hoops to Los Angeles parks, demonstrated the trick to kids and sent a hoop home with everyone who could keep it spinning. Alec Scott, Smithsonian, "The Iconic Hula Hoop Keeps on Rolling," 26 June 2018 This program will provide information about vestibular therapy and how rehab can help make the world stop spinning. Courant Community, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 29 May 2018 Katy Perry literally started spinning around in her chair out of excitement. Jamie Ballard, Good Housekeeping, "All the Things You Missed on the "American Idol" Finale Last Night," 22 May 2018 As soon as its engines stopped spinning, cargo doors opened and transporters moved into position, platforms raised to accept the big containers inside. Barry D. Wood, USA TODAY, "'Mini-Memphis': Inside FedEx's bustling hub in China," 10 May 2018 People like Perez, Altuve and Peralta are concerned what could happen to the Venezuelan pipeline to Major League Baseball if their country and its alarming hyperinflation rate keep spinning into further crisis. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Jose Altuve, David Peralta pitching in to get baseball equipment to Venezuelan youth," 4 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Explaining will come across as backpedaling and excuse-making and spin to someone disinclined to believe you. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Ready to be estranged from sister," 28 Jan. 2019 One Georgia woman's unique spin on the classic boudoir photo shoot has us in stitches. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "This Grandma Posed for a Sexy Photo Shoot in a Bathtub Full of Knitting Supplies," 11 Jan. 2019 In any situation, the delays and cost overruns would make an observer’s head spin. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "USAF's Next-Gen GPS Satellites Will Be a Huge Upgrade...Eventually," 26 Dec. 2018 But your dorkiness shouldn't be affected or diminished because your sick spin-and-jump move isn't matched with a sick saber sound effect. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Hands-on with a $434 replica lightsaber: May the dork be with you," 25 Dec. 2018 Only Schwarzman—who last year had his own destination 70th birthday party in Palm Beach, complete with live camels—went with a modern spin. Marshall Heyman, Town & Country, "The New Breed of Birthday Celebration? Lavish International Parties," 30 Nov. 2018 Various studies have also questioned the industry’s spin that America’s current high prices are justified by their spending on R&D. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Bernie Sanders’s new plan to bring down drug prices, briefly explained," 20 Nov. 2018 This fit with the royal tradition of being modest, but Princess Eugenie put her own spin on the gown with that slight off-the-shoulder fit and the jacquard print. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Princess Eugenie Walked Down the Aisle in a Peter Pilotto Wedding Gown," 12 Oct. 2018 But Einstein’s theory made important predictions about black holes too, notably that a black hole can be completely defined by only three features: its mass, charge, and spin. Fox News, "Video from 2011 creates headaches for Sinema," 12 Oct. 2018

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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 \
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 \

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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