spin-off

noun
\ 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

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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Examples of spin-off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Mattel, high on the success of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, spun off the animated series with Filmation, its He-Man animation production partner, to create a show that would appeal to little girls. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power honors and challenges the original She-Ra.," 21 Nov. 2018 The company later said WPIX would not be spun off, but that Cunningham would still be buying at least two other stations. Brian Fung, The Seattle Times, "FCC chairman has ‘serious concerns’ about Sinclair-Tribune merger, could seek to block deal," 16 July 2018 Google has spun off Waymo, whose AVs have driven more than 5 million miles in California. Rick Tetzeli, Fortune, "GM Gets Ready for a Post-Car Future," 23 May 2018 Perhaps the biggest potential change would come if Duggan spins off direct control of the airport from the city’s small Department of Aviation to a nonprofit public authority or conservancy. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Old Detroit City Airport crumbles as city rejects offers of millions," 13 Apr. 2018 And yet conservative institutions, like Fox News and the Republican Party itself, have spun off into dedicated peddlers of misinformation. Ezra Klein, Vox, "A new theory for why Republicans and Democrats see the world differently," 18 Dec. 2018

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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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