spin-off

noun
\ ˈspin-ˌȯf How to pronounce spin-off (audio) \

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

spin off

verb

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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Among those receiving a multimillion-dollar payout are an engineer and a sales manager who joined the company years before Juul was spun off from Pax Labs Inc. in 2017. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Juul’s Instant Millionaires: How $2 Billion From Altria Is Being Divvied Up," 21 Dec. 2018 Both stores were among the more than 250 properties Sears sold to Seritage, a real estate investment trust, when it was spun off in 2015. Lauren Zumbach, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago's last Sears to close for good Sunday," 13 July 2018 Perrette, who has played beloved forensic specialist Abby Sciuto since the crime procedural was spun off from JAG, finished her run with last week's episode, which featured Abby leaving NCIS after the death of a colleague. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Pauley Perrette says she's been kept 'silent' about leaving 'NCIS,' tweets vaguely of crime," 14 May 2018 Messenger used to be part of Facebook’s main service, before it was spun off into a separate application in 2014. Fortune, "Facebook Scans the Photos, Links and Some of the Conversations You Send on Messenger," 5 Apr. 2018 The driving app Waze, for example, would be spun off from Google. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Elizabeth Warren Calls to Break Up Amazon, Facebook, and Google," 8 Mar. 2019 With 11 laps remaining, Stenhouse spun off the track on the frontstretch after a tire rub eventually popped a tire. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Ricky Stenhouse Jr. knee deep in the chaos of Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona," 8 July 2018 In 1928, Alcoa spun off its Canadian subsidiary, only to watch it smack headlong into the Depression. Danielle Bochove, Bloomberg.com, "Trump’s Trade War Looms Over a Canadian Town Built to Supply America," 28 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of spin-off

Noun

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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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spin-off

noun

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

spin-off

noun
\ 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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