\ ˈspin-ˌȯf \

Definition of spin-off

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the distribution by a business to its stockholders of particular assets and especially of stock of another company also : the new company created by such a distribution
2 : a collateral or derived product or effect : by-product also : a number of such products the spin-off from the space program
3 : something that is imitative or derivative of an earlier work, product, or establishment especially : a television show starring a character popular in a secondary role of an earlier show

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Definition of spin off (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to establish or produce as a spin-off the company spun off its computer division spin off a new TV series

intransitive verb

: to establish or become a spin-off

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Synonyms & Antonyms for spin-off

Synonyms: Noun

by-product, derivate, derivation, derivative, offshoot, outgrowth

Antonyms: Noun

origin, root, source

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The company, which was spun off from Lucent Technologies Inc. in 2000, filed for bankruptcy protection in January 2017 after posting a string of annual losses dating back a decade. Ezequiel Minaya, WSJ, "Telecom Avaya Names New CFO," 11 Feb. 2019 The research center was eventually spun off from the school as the independent nonprofit Draper Laboratory. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Whatever happened to those radical boomer activists from the ’60s and ’70s?," 6 June 2018 The Six Corners property was one of 265 sold to Seritage Growth Properties, a real estate investment trust, when it was spun off from Sears in 2015. Lauren Zumbach And Ese Olumhense, latimes.com, "Sears to close last store in Chicago, the city that helped launch its growth into a major retail presence," 18 Apr. 2018 The Polestar 2 will be the first all-electric vehicle from Polestar, a sub-brand spun off Volvo. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Volvo’s Polestar 2 Is an Electric Car Controlled by Google," 23 Jan. 2019 Gunn-Wright, who served as policy director on the insurgent gubernatorial campaign of Abdul El-Sayed in Michigan, works for a relatively new policy shop called New Consensus, which spun off as the policy arm of Justice Democrats. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 Rotating black holes should spin off such particles and then capture them gravitationally. Frank Wilczek, WSJ, "Black Holes May Have ‘Hair’ That We Can See," 3 Jan. 2019 In addition to job cuts, the company has spun off parts of its European business and struck a deal with Nestle for the marketing of consumer packaged goods, among other changes. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "Starbucks laying off 350 people, mostly at Seattle headquarters," 13 Nov. 2018 From there, the two have spun off a travel company, Explorer X, which will start offering transformational-minded tours in 2019. Diane Daniel, chicagotribune.com, "'Transformative travel' is the industry's latest twist on making vacations more meaningful," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of spin-off


1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1950, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of spin-off was in 1950

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English Language Learners Definition of spin-off

: a television program, movie, book, etc., that is based on characters from another television program, movie, book, etc.
: a new company created by a large company
: something useful that results from work done to produce something else


\ ˈspin-ˌȯf, -ˌäf\

Legal Definition of spin-off

: a transfer of corporate assets to a subsidiary in return for a distribution to the shareholders of the corporation of all of the stock or controlling stock of the subsidiary without surrender of any stock by the shareholders of the corporation : a D reorganization involving a distribution of the stock of another company to the corporation's shareholders also : a new company created by such a distribution — compare split-off, split-up

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