\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’s beverage sales in North America have been falling since the third quarter of 2017, ratcheting up pressure on the company to consider spinning off its bottling operations or even splitting off its beverage business entirely. Allison Prang, WSJ, "PepsiCo Reports Slowing Decline in Beverage Sales," 10 July 2018 If all goes as planned, that footage would be used for a documentary on youth sports, which could spin off into a reality series. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Could San Marcos become a center of film production for San Diego?," 30 June 2018 Chemours, which spun off from the DuPont Co. in 2015, is the world's largest producer of one of those chemicals. Fox News, "Chemours ex-worker who stole trade secrets barred from US," 27 June 2018 As with Halsey’s current fine installation downtown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, which spins off the Classical motif of Plato’s Cave, this piece also looks to an ancient source — the Egyptian form of a cenotaph, or empty tomb. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "'Made in L.A. 2018': Why the Hammer biennial is the right show for disturbing times," 5 June 2018 CNX Resources Corporation, which spun off Consol Energy last year and currently holds the airport development lease, estimates that the airport will receive about $450 million in royalties over the course of the project. Amy Zipkin, New York Times, "Airports Are Developing the Land Past the Runways," 14 May 2018 Legacies, a spinoff of the soon-to-end The Originals, which itself was spun off of The Vampire Diaries. Gary Levin, USA TODAY, "CW plots remakes of 'Charmed,' 'Roswell,' and renews 'iZombie'," 11 May 2018 This skepticism spun off at one point into the Seth Rich conspiracy theory, which was pushed with gusto for a while by Trump's cable-news ally, Sean Hannity. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller officially rebuke a major Trump conspiracy theory," 13 July 2018 For now, Oxford has spun off the technology into a company, Oxford VR, which will work with Britain’s National Health Service to provide virtual reality services in medical offices. NBC News, "Virtual reality helps cure real-life fear of heights, study finds," 11 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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