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spin

play
verb \ ˈspin \

Definition of spin

spun play \ˈspən\; spinning
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
3 a :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
6 a 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
1 a :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
3 a :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

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.

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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)


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spin

noun

Definition of spin

1 a :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
2 a :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
3 a :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
4 a :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

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?

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First Known Use of spin

1831

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SPIN Defined for English Language Learners

spin

play
verb

Definition of spin for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of spin for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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spin

play
verb \ ˈspin \

Definition of spin for Students

spun \ˈspən\; spinning
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.

spinner

\ˈspi-nər\ noun

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spin

noun

Definition of spin for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

spin

play
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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